CLC history

On July 1, 2006, visionary community leaders united four civic leadership programs − Leadership Cleveland, Cleveland Bridge Builders, (i)Cleveland and Look Up To Cleveland − to create the Cleveland Leadership Center with a mission to build a continuum of civic leaders committed to our community's excellence by serving as a catalyst for civic engagement.

Over time, CLC expanded its programs to serve individuals across a life and career continuum by launching the Civic Leadership Institute, LookUp Summer Session, Leadership Cleveland 2 Fellows, (i)Cleveland Service Breaks, (i)Cleveland Winter Edition, and On-Board Cleveland.

CLC also developed and expanded an array of alumni opportunities that keep leaders connected to Cleveland and to each other, and encourages them to find new ways of advancing the civic sector. It has embraced collaborations with partners such as Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Cleveland Metroparks and Teach for America to create lasting, positive change in the community. Other programs such as Cleveland Executive Fellows (2007 −2010) and Civic Engagement Boot Camp (2012) provided opportunities for Clevelanders to more deeply understand and address community challenges.

The result has been a decade of positive community impact generated by four generations of established, rising and emerging leaders. By continually developing Cleveland's leadership through transformative experiences, CLC connects, inspires and challenges individuals to make a positive community impact.