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The deadline for applying to the 2017 class has passed, but get in line for 2018.  Contact us. 


We need your business and management experience in political leadership. 

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In politics, opportunities often choose you. 

Whether you're exploring a run for office or positioning yourself to land an appointment on an influential board or commission...

will you be prepared?  Will your network be in place?  Will your family be supportive?  Will you understand the political landscape?

That's why we're here.



PLI becomes SD Chamber program


“As a small business owner, I developed sound financial management principles that now provide the cornerstone of my service as an elected official...PLI made a tremendous difference in my transition.”
The Hon. Bill Sandke
City of Coronado Councilmember
2014 SDPLI class member

"The PLI is a fantastic program. I (appreciated) hearing first hand from people who were involved in politics and policy and learning what it’s like to go through a campaign and be prepared for a leadership position.   The class teaches you the skills to make a contribution.”
The Hon. Chris Cate
San Diego City Council member (2014)
San Diego PLI Class of 2013

Thank you to our 2016 program investors

San Diego's future quality of life depends on the quality of our future public leaders who are prepared to use their real-world business experiences and talent to tackle our most pressing public challenges.  Are you ready?   Learn to lead here. There's no cost to apply or participate.

The San Diego Public Leadership Institute is a nonpartisan and unabashedly pro-business public leadership development program that prepares business leaders who have a desire to explore future opportunities in public leadership and who will pursue policies that promote a positive business climate.  For some, that means learning from experts about how to run for political office at some point in the future while developing strategies now to transition from private to public life.  Others are interested in landing an appointment on an influential board or commission.

Graduates have been elected to city councils in San Diego and Coronado and others are serving on influential boards and commissions that cover the Convention Center, Unified Port of San Diego, economic development, tourism, parks and recreation, regional cooperation, government-taxpayer accountability and more.  Most graduates are preparing for future opportunities.

There is no commitment required to run or serve, merely have a desire to explore the possibility of becoming a public leader. Learn more about the curriculum and meeting times.

Ernesto M. Arredondo, Jr., San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Board Chair and Wells Fargo San Diego Region President, announced at the 2016 SDPLI graduation that PLI will become a program of the Chamber in 2017.  LEARN MORE.

“PLI makes the perfect nexus with the Chamber as we share the same goals. Our mission of making our region the most business friendly begins by electing and appointing pro-business candidates.”