Adult Program

Adult Program

To apply, DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION HERE. Send the application to the Valerie Alarid, the program director.  Applications are taken on a rolling basis from April 15 to September 19, 2017.

What We Do

Leadership Santa Fe is a successful and prestigious program designed for motivated individuals who wish to learn more about the challenges facing Santa Fe and engage in the process of improving the community. The program combines interactive leadership skills training with an informative civic awareness curriculum over six weekends (Fridays and Saturdays) from October through May.


There are many benefits to joining the Leadership Santa Fe Class, including:

  1. Personal interaction with the top leaders of the business, government and non-profit community
  2. Unique networking opportunities with your class peers and community leaders
  3. High-level leadership management training with a premier leadership coach that will enhance your effectiveness as a team leader and improve your management skills
  4. Immersion into the key policy issues affecting the city of Santa Fe, Santa Fe County and the state of New Mexico
  5. Immediate induction into the “family” of Leadership Santa Fe alumni

Leadership Santa Fe holds alumni mixers almost quarterly from August to May. Attendance is optional but encouraged.

Every year, Leadership Santa Fe invites speakers from our community to meet and address the class members. Those speakers have included:

  1. US Congressman Ben Ray Lujan
  2. City Councilor Carmichael Dominguez (LSF Graduate)
  3. County Commissioner Kathy Holian (LSF Graduate)
  4. County Manager, Katherine Miller
  5. State Representative Brian Egolf
  6. Senator Peter Wirth
  7. State Representative Carl Trujillo
  8. Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Human Services Brent Earnest
  9. Mayor of Santa Fe, Javier Gonzales
  10. Cabinet Secretary Gregg Marcantel
  11. Cabinet Secretary Monique Jacobson
  12. Members of the business community
  13. Leaders of non-profits


We pride ourselves on our ability to attract leading members of the Santa Fe community as keynote speakers for our program. Their time and skill is a great asset to our classes.

We are now accepting applications for the 2017-18 program year. To apply, download your application here. Once your application is complete send it to the program director. 

Applications taken in two phases: Early Phase (April 15-June 30) and Late Phase (June 30-September 19).



Dates & Civics Topics

(Dates and Topics are subject to change)

Session I Friday, October 6, 2017—Leadership Development Opening Retreat (MANDATORY ATTENDANCE)

Saturday, October 7, 2017—Civics: Economic Development

Session II Friday, November 3, 2017—Civics: Environment, Energy & Sustainability

Saturday, November 4, 2017—Leadership Development

Session III Friday, December 1, 2017—Civics: Youth & Education


Saturday, December 2, 2017—Leadership Development

Session IV Saturday, Jan 20, 2018 – Leadership Development

½ of session (This session is divided into -2 months)

Optional Mon. January 29, 2018 – Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce

Legislative Reception 5-7pm

Session IV Friday, February 2, 2018—Civics: Government, Roundhouse & Rio Chama

2nd portion (date to be dictated by Leg. Session)

Session V Friday, Mar 02, 2018—Civics: Health & Public Safety,

Saturday, Mar 3, 2018—Leadership Development,

Session VI Friday, April 06—Civics: Non-Profits

Saturday, April 07—Leadership Development Final Retreat, (MANDATORY ATTENDANCE)

Graduation May 2018—date TBD