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California Academy for Regional Leaders

Thank you for interest in CARL.  Please submit your application by Monday, August 17.   


  1. Fill Out the Form Below to Indicate Interest. This will only indicate your interest and will not be considered a formal application. We can then keep you up to date in case there are unexpected changes or other announcements in which we need to inform potential participants in advance. 

  2. Discuss with Your Supervisor. Applicant must discuss this professional development opportunity with his/her supervisor and receive supervisor approval to apply. This is important because participants will be expected to prioritize attendance at CARL activities. 

  3. Acknowledgement of the Time Commitment.  Applicants must be able to make a full commitment to attending the Academy.  See acknowledgement form (word, pdf).  Both the applicant and the applicant's supervisor must sign the form to acknowledge and agree to the commitment of time to fully participate in the program. 

  4. Resume and Three Short Essay Questions.  We do not want to make this time consuming. The application consists of your resume and the three short essay questions. In total, the answers to these questions should not exceed 2 pages using standard margins and 12 point font.  

    • Resume, including education history and a photo
    • Applicant Acknowledgment form
    • Question 1: What are your career goals?
    • Question 2: What are you seeking to learn from the Academy?
    • Question 3: What will you add to our group of participants in the leadership class?

  5. Completed Applications.  An application will be deemed complete when we have received: (1) a resume, (2) an acknowledgement form described above signed by both the applicant and the applicant's supervisor, and (3) your short essay answers to the three questions above (no more than two pages). Please send all three documents (preferably as a single PDF document) to

  6. Once Accepted.  We will notify participants as to whether they have been selected for the program no later than August 30.  Please remember that selection is based on a number of factors that will include your personal and professional qualifications, but will also consider our diversification objectives (professional and personal background, geography, agency size, agency function). With so many members, we are unlikely to extend an invitation to more than one staff per agency except in exceptional circumstances.  

  7. Invoicing.  CALCOG will invoice the agency employer for each for the tuition amount after an applicant is accepted and confirms participation in the program.   


Applicant First Name
Applicant Last Name
Preferred Nickname
Organization or Agency
Office Phone Number "123-234-1234"
Mobile Phone Number

May we share this information with other participants if you are selected for the program?
 Yes. It is okay to share with other participants if I am selected.
 No. Please keep my contact information private for now.