Running for the Legislature? This Cal Cities program can help

Feb 28, 2024

The application window for the 2024 California Civic Leadership Institute (CCLI) opens on March 1. Now in its 19th year, the Cal Cities-led program helps city officials and other local government officials succeed if elected to the state Legislature.  

The year-long program gives legislative candidates a broad, in-depth understanding of critical issues affecting the state and creates lasting bonds between rising political leaders. The CCLI includes a two-day educational boot camp, a policy field trip, and other educational opportunities.

CCLI graduates also become part of an exclusive alumni network and are recognized at Cal Cities events. Twenty-three current members of the California Legislature, three California Constitutional Officers, two members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and U.S. Senator Alex Padilla are CCLI graduates. 

Any mayor, council member, or city staff member actively running or exploring a run for the state Senate or state Assembly may apply to the program. Applications are also accepted from elected officials serving counties, special districts, school boards, or tribal governments. 

Space is limited. Applications must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. on March 15. Selected applicants will receive confirmation notices by the end of April. 

For questions about the CCLI or application process, please contact Regional Public Affairs Manager Sara Sanders at or (916) 548-9030.