LEAD San Diego

An Affiliate of San Diego Regional Chamber

Nonprofit Partners

Leadership In Action

LEAD San Diego directly affects positive change in our region through a variety of ways. We have opportunities to directly connect our program alumni to mentorship opportunities, nonprofit committees, and local boards and commissions through our Leader Match platform. We also offer local nonprofits an opportunity to benefit from our Leadership Action Teams (LATs), the service learning component of LEAD’s flagship program, Impact.

Impact not only provides participants with a greater understanding of the critical issues and key players in our region, it also inspires participants to use their skills to become engaged with community organizations and causes. Each year, members of the Impact 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 aiding in the organizations’ long-term sustainability.

2022 Leadership Action Team Request for Proposals

LEAD San Diego’s Impact Class of 2022 will be divided into five (5) to six (6) Leadership Action Teams (LEAD staff strives for approximately six to 10 class members per team, based upon class preferences and skill sets) tasked with tackling real community needs submitted by organizations from the San Diego region. These projects need to be initiated and completed between January and May 2022, and must have a lasting benefit to the community being served. Each team’s participants will bring their knowledge, professional skills, and access to regional resources and networks of influence to the selected community improvement projects. Previous projects have included development of communications & marketing plans; creation of a facility expansion feasibility report; and development of a five-year strategic plan. Your project is not required to be limited to these ideas; we strongly encourage unique and creative projects.

The 2022 Leadership Action Team RFP is now closed. To be notified of when the 2023 cycle opens, please add yourself to our interest list.

2021 Leadership Action Team Partner Agencies

The Armed Services YMCA of San Diego provides innovative and quality social, educational, and recreational programs to meet the needs of military service members and their families. The ASYMCA is committed to promoting its goals of strengthening military families, supporting healthy lifestyles, reducing isolation, and assisting service members and their families in connecting to their community.
DETOUR is a mentoring program for girls of color with a vision to see equity and inclusion for teen girls of color in higher education and priority sector employment. Their mission is to increase access to education and employment opportunities for girls.


Promises2Kids annually provides over 3,000 current and former foster youth in San Diego County with the tools, opportunities, and guidance they need to address the circumstances that brought them into foster care, overcome the difficulties of their past, and grow into healthy, happy, and successful adults.


The San Diego Mesa College Foundation exists to put a college education within reach for students who are working hard to build a better future. They work to empower students to reach their educational goals by increasing resources, raising funds, and creating friends and partnerships to support their mission.
Uptown Community Service Center provides critical services to over 2,000 homeless and very low-income persons each month. Their efforts include the provision of information and referrals, an accessible mailbox and Message Center, Computer Center, Emergency Food Bank, and Clothing & Hygiene Supplies. 

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