The purpose of Leadership Arlington is to connect and develop a diverse network of established leaders and empower them with the knowledge and commitment to transform and support our community.


Drawing from the best of the prior 20+ years, the reengineered curriculum incorporates:

  • A smaller cohort to facilitate interaction and relationship building among a diverse group of established leaders
  • Connections with past LCE alumni and high impact decision makers
  • A personalized “DISC, Work of Leaders” profile assessment
  • The latest research methods and trends in leadership development
  • Program content which exposes participants to local government, economic development, arts, health and human services, education, public safety and justice, and environmental sustainability
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging throughout all programming
  • Exposure to national and global trends on civic engagement with practical guidance on how to effectively implement personal and professional plans at a local level
  • Strategies to facilitate effective service on boards and commissions
  • Small group experiences that result in real community impact with Volunteer Arlington's nonprofit partners
  • Free ticket to the annual Leadership Summit at which fellow participants of other Northern Virginia leadership programs join to explore regional issues with area leaders


The Selection Committee seeks a diverse cohort of established leaders who demonstrate a commitment to personal growth, civic engagement and community impact.

Cohorts will reflect the following:

  • Representatives from business, government, non-profit, and volunteer sectors
  • A diversity of gender, race, religion, and background
  • A commitment to making a positive impact in Arlington (residence in Arlington County is not required)

If you would like to discuss the program, please contact Hannah Dannenfelser, Community Engagement Director, at hdannenfelser@leadercenter.org.


We are now accepting applications for the Leadership Arlington Class of 2023! 


Community applications are due by Friday, May 27, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. ET. Applicants will be notified by Friday, June 10.

If you are an Arlington County government employee, please complete this application by Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

If you would like to discuss the program, please contact Hannah Dannenfelser, Community Engagement Director, at hdannenfelser@leadercenter.org.



  • Thursday, September 15, 2022 - Opening Program
  • Thursday, October 20, 2022 – Government Day
  • Thursday, November 17, 2022 – Economic Development Day
  • Thursday, December 15, 2022 – Arts Day
  • Thursday, January 19, 2023 – Health and Human Services Day
  • Thursday, February 16, 2023 – Public Safety and Justice Day
  • Thursday, March 16, 2023 – Education Day
  • Thursday, April 20, 2023 – Environmental Sustainability Day
  • Friday, May 19, 2023- Regional Leadership Summit and Commencement



Leadership Center for Excellence encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of financial status. 

Tuition covers the monthly programs, access to the LCE alumni directory, and one ticket for the Regional Leadership Summit and Alumni Reception.

Leadership Arlington provides partial scholarships to nonprofit and small business applicants, based on need and funds available. Scholarship requests are not a factor in the selection process.

To be considered for a scholarship, the scholarship application must be turned in by the application deadline of Friday, May 27, 2022.


Leadership Arlington Class of 2022

The class of 2022 is comprised of leaders from diverse professional backgrounds including business, government, and nonprofit sectors. They have all demonstrated a commitment to Arlington and a drive to positively transform the community.


  • Andrew Belmear, Cigna
  • Edson Bravo, Arlington County Government, Parks and Recreation
  • Samia Byrd, Arlington County Government, County Manager's Office
  • Katharine Carter, Arlington Thrive
  • Meredith Chistolini, Capital One
  • Hannah Dannenfelser, Leadership Center for Excellence
  • Ashley Davies, Accenture
  • Christine Dolan, C. Dolan & Associates
  • John Farnum, Miles and Stockbridge, PC
  • Louis Finkel, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
  • Peggy Fox, Dominion Energy
  • Robert Frederick, H. Christopher Harrison Consulting
  • Natan Freller, Congregation Etz Hayim
  • Kelly Garrity, Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation
  • Juan Gelabert, Arlington County Government, Sheriff's Office
  • Hans Goff, Amazon
  • Kimberley Graves, Arlington Public Schools
  • Erin Hatten, Dupont Circle Solutions
  • Sara Hawes, George Mason University
  • Laura Holman (Kanthula), The Children's Garden
  • Deltrick Johnson, USDA Office of Inspector General
  • Alicia Jones McLeod, Challenging Racism
  • Jaime Lees, Arlington County Government, Department of Technology Services
  • Jennifer McCammon, Bean, Kinney & Korman
  • Margarita Muzzall, M&T Bank
  • Heather Myklegard, Arlington Strategy
  • Ellen Ramirez, National Cooperative Bank
  • Michael Rosenow, Arlington Chamber of Commerce
  • Oliver Russell, Arlington County Government, Department of Human Services
  • Helen Saks, Striking Media
  • Malaika Scriven, National Landing BID
  • Doug Seidler, Marymount University
  • Julie Brodell Smith, Rockwood Company
  • Libby Snipe, Arlington Community Federal Credit Union
  • Chetan Somina, Truist Bank
  • Julius Spain, Sr., Arlington Branch NAACP #7047
  • Sara Varghai, NOVA Optique + Eyecare
  • Tony Weaver, Olson Weaver LLC
  • Marchesa Whittington, Melwood Horticultural Training Center
  • Katherine Williams, Animal Welfare League of Arlington
  • Jasmin Witcher, Culpepper Garden


  • Thursday, September 23, 2021- Opening Retreat
  • Thursday, October 21, 2021- Program Day
  • Thursday, November 18, 2021- Program Day
  • Thursday, December 16, 2021- Program Day
  • Monday, January 17, 2022- MLK Day of Service
  • Thursday, January 20, 2022- Program Day
  • Thursday, February 17, 2022- Program Day
  • Thursday, March 17, 2022- Program Day
  • Thursday, April 21, 2022- Program Day
  • Friday, May 20, 2022- Regional Leadership Summit and Commencement


TUITION: $5,300

Leadership Center for Excellence encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of financial status. Leadership Arlington provides scholarships to nonprofit and small business executives.


“As a transplant from the Midwest, I didn’t grow up with the context around how the DMV area operates. Leadership Arlington has been an absolute eye opener for me and I can feel my roots growing more deeply into this community with each session. And it isn’t only the programming within the program. Perhaps even more meaningful are the connections with brilliant, talented, and passionate leaders from the area that I have been able to cultivate throughout the program.”

Stacy Cook, LA Class of '19, Principal, Perception Learning

Sam Kelly

“I expected to learn about the community through Leadership Arlington – and I did. What I didn’t expect was that I would form connections and friendships that would last well beyond Leadership Arlington’s graduation. I rarely go a day without running into a graduate of Leadership Arlington. And my own classmates still get together regularly. I would go through it again if they would let me!”

Sam Kelly, LA Class of '17, CEO, Bridges to Independence

Participation opens the door to ongoing personal growth, professional development, and community leadership through an integrated, systems-based leadership education, framed around local issues.  The curriculum is designed using an experiential learning approach that includes visiting local institutions - when and where possible – class discussions with cross-sector thought leaders, and policy analysis.