San Diego Young Leaders

LEAD San Diego

An Affiliate of San Diego Regional Chamber


Driving young professional growth in the San Diego-Baja region, by providing opportunities for personal and professional development, leadership, community service, and networking.

Welcome to San Diego Young Leaders

Thank you to Landon Donovan, Executive Vice President of the San Diego Loyal Soccer Club, for serving as Honorary Board Chair for the 2020 San Diego Young Leaders

Board of Directors

The Young Leaders’ Board of Directors is composed of leaders dedicated to developing future leaders for our region. The Board’s responsibilities are to direct the Young Leaders’ goals and set standards for success with respect to recruitment and professional development priorities.

Board membership is highly selective and priority will be given to employees of current Chamber members in good standing. Board meetings occur every other month, and members must commit to attend at least four of them. Please note that each organization can only have one member on the Board, but general membership is open to everyone.

2020 Board applications are now closed. Please consider joining our general membership.
Apply below in the “How to Join” section.


The San Diego Young Leaders have been active in the Greater San Diego Area since 2015. SDYL serves as the premier organization for young professionals ages 21 – 40 who are emerging leaders in their field. SDYL supports young professionals by providing opportunities for personal and professional development, leadership, community service, and networking.

General membership is application based, and membership lasts for one full year from the day you join.

Annual dues for participation are:

  • Student, Nonprofit, Government, Chamber Members, and Employees of Chamber Members: $195
  • Non-member organizations: $295

SDYL membership includes:

  • At least four quarterly meetings per year featuring a relevant guest speaker or facilitated professional development workshops, followed by a networking happy hour
  • Organized volunteer opportunities throughout the year
  • Invitations to the exclusive LEAD and Chamber events
  • Opportunity to contribute fresh perspective to LEAD and Chamber initiatives
  • Member-exclusive educational opportunities

Board members will participate in at least four additional meetings yearly

How to Join

SDYL applicants must be 21- to 40-year old professionals who are emerging leaders in their field, with a commitment to community involvement and professional growth. SDYL is comprised of a limited number of Board seats and an unlimited number of members. Submittal of an application does not guarantee Young Leaders membership approval or acceptance onto the Board of Directors. Applications will be reviewed by designated members of the board and LEAD San Diego staff.

For consideration, please apply through the link below. Payment will be processed following membership approval.

If you have already been approved, or are renewing your membership, please submit payment below.


LEAD San Diego and the Chamber are grateful to our Young Leaders sponsors; without their support, this program would not be possible. For sponsorship information, please contact 


For more information on San Diego Young Leaders contact Lorraine Kahler at or 619-544-1362.

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