Application Process

Thank you for your interest in Leadership Thurston County (LTC).  We are no longer accepting applications for the LTC Class of 2019.  If you are interested in applying to the Class of 2020 and would like to be put on the direct application list, please email Alisha Blain at [email protected]


The purpose of LTC is to develop informed, connected, and engage community leaders. The program is designed to assist participants in acquiring a broad understanding of the complex issues facing the South Puget Sound region and building relationships that will facilitate collaborative efforts to embrace opportunities and resolve challenges.

Leadership Thurston County is a program of the Thurston County Chamber Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) educational, non-profit organization. Since 1994, over 630 people have completed the program.


Leadership Thurston County applicants are highly motivated, current and emerging leaders, who are committed to civic involvement and intend to assume key leadership roles. Applicants must live or work in Thurston County. A maximum of 40 people participate in the class each year, and we strive to recruit class members who reflect the diversity of our community.  We do only allow one representative per organization per class year.


Tuition for the 2018-2019 year is $2100. The full amount of tuition is due August 1, 2018. Payment plans may be arranged. Please contact the Program Coordinator at 360.357.8515 or email for information.


Leadership Thurston County does not discriminate against applicants or participants based on race, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or physical ability.


The 10-month program will begin in September 2018 and ends in June 2019. The class meets monthly for daylong Challenge Days that focus on specific topics. The curriculum is experience-based and explores issues affecting our community through meetings and discussions with established leaders, site visits, individual projects and other activities.  Full participation and engagement is expected of all class members.

Class members are expected to attend all sessions, actively participate, and complete the occasional homework assignments.  You may miss up to 16-hours of class and graduate from the program.  As an experience based program, missing more than 16-hours would prevent you from graduating. The year after graduation, participants help plan and facilitate one Challenge Day for the following year’s class.

Printable 2018-2019 Calendar


For further information, please contact Alisha Blain, Program Coordinator, at 360.357.8515 or send an email.