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!

Please contact Administrative Analyst McKenzie Bright at with any questions.

Applications opening soon for the May 2023 cohort.

Interested in being notified when applications reopen for the next cohort? Email to be placed on the notification list.

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.