LEAD San Diego

An Affiliate of San Diego Regional Chamber



Impact is an immersive 10-month program, running from September through June, for mid- to senior-level managers focusing on the issues and industries that are part of our region’s DNA.

Impact includes a half-day retreat and monthly, full-day workshops featuring unique access to a variety of top community leaders who educate participants on what makes San Diego tick, the industries that power us, and the issues we face.

Why Impact?

In addition to providing a comprehensive foundation for greater civic and community engagement, Impact participants significantly grow their own personal networks by establishing long-term relationships with like-minded individuals.

Participants grow their personal leadership skills and get hands-on experience through the Leadership Action Teams, which partner teams of class members with local nonprofit organizations for projects that benefit the community.

Over the course of the Impact session, program participants will hear from leaders on the following topics, among others:

  • LEADing the San Diego Region & Our Regional Economy
  • Arts, Culture & Tourism
  • Education
  • Philanthropy & the Nonprofit Sector
  • Growth & Environment
  • Military & Defense
  • Public Health &  Safety
  • Housing & Homelessness
  • Our Cross-Border Region
  • Graduation & Leadership Action Team Presentations

How to Participate?

Acceptance into Impact, LEAD San Diego’s flagship program, is an honor reserved for top-tier professionals across all sectors who are committed to creating significant, meaningful change in the region. Ideal candidates are mid- to senior-level managers, who are interested in strengthening their personal leadership skills and taking a more active role in the community.


Class of 2025 Program Cost

Chamber Member – $4,185
Non- Chamber Member – $4,650

Tuition assistance may be available for those who qualify

Application Process

Applications for the Impact San Diego Class of 2025 are now closed. To be added to the Class of 2026 interest list, please submit your information below.

If you have any questions, email

2026 Interest List

Leadership In Action

Each year, members of the Impact San Diego class are divided into Leadership Action Teams (LATs). Each LAT is matched with a local nonprofit agency that benefits from the team members’ expertise and leadership to accomplish an individualized project.

The RFP for the 2024-25 cycle is now open. Please click below for additional information and to submit a project proposal. If you have questions or would like to talk with staff about a potential project proposal, please contact


Herbert G. Klein Memorial Award

The Herbert G. Klein Memorial Award for Exemplary Leadership is presented annually to a member of LEAD’s Impact San Diego class who has made significant leadership contributions to our community and has demonstrated the potential to effect further change upon graduation from the program. The recipient is voted upon by the cohort.



Testimonial: Ben Garcia

Ben Garcia (16)

Former Deputy Director
San Diego Museum of Us

“Impact provided a great overview of critical sectors in San Diego County and was a great introduction to the business, civic, and nonprofit ecosystem.”

Testimonial: Tiana Babcock

Tiana Babcock (16)

General Manager
Fisher House San Diego

“I have gained a greater understanding of the critical issues and key players in our region, which has opened doors personally and professionally.”

Testimonial: Idara Ogunsaju

Idara Ogunsaju (17)

Founder & CEO
The Antorge Group

“Impact San Diego goes beyond education, providing graduates with the region-specific information, insights, tools, and connections to put that new knowledge into immediate action.”

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