City of RPV Leadership Academy: Opening the Doors of Local Government to the Community

The Rancho Palos Verdes Leadership Academy (RPVLA) is an engaging five-session program that opens the doors of local government to the community. RPVLA provides participants with a behind-the-scenes look at the City of Rancho Palos Verdes' operations, including programs, services, departments, and facilities. It is designed for residents who want to learn about local government and play a more active role in our community. The program launched in 2011 and welcomes participants in cohorts.

RPVLA sessions feature hands-on activities, guest speakers, classroom discussion, networking opportunities, and information regarding commission advisory boards and volunteer positions. We are committed to providing each RPVLA participant with a valuable and enriching experience.

RPVLA Schedule and Focus Areas
The RPVLA is comprised of four Wednesday-night sessions and one Saturday session. Enrollment is limited on a first come, first-served basis. Each session has specific areas of focus, including (not in any order):

  • City Manager's Office, City Clerk, Human Resources and RPVtv
  • Community Development Department
  • Recreation and Parks Department
  • Finance and Public Works
  • Public Safety

Participants will:

  • Learn how decisions are made, how city funds are allocated and how departments operate.
  • Meet the Mayor and City Council members, the City Manager, and Department directors.
  • Discuss important issues such as planning, traffic, growth, city finances, and more.

Under our program guidelines, participants must be at least 14 years of age; be an RPV resident; be interested in enhancing neighborhood advocacy and community leadership skills; complete and submit the RPVLA application; and attend 4 of 5 sessions to receive an RPVLA certificate!

Tentative Dates for the 2024 RPVLA Cohort will be announced soon with applications available in January.  

Watch a recap of the October 2021 Session below:

If you are a person with a disability & need an accommodation to participate in programs, services, activities, and meetings, contact the City's ADA Coordinator/Risk Manager at 310-683-3157, 30940 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275, at least 48 hours in advance to request an auxiliary aid or accommodation.