Contact Information

Contact Information

Community Outreach and Engagement Division


Bloomington Leadership Program: Learn to Lead


Congratulation to the following residents for being chosen for the 2021 Bloomington Leadership Program:

  • Ruun Abdu
  • Eric Bavier    
  • Alondra Banuelos    
  • Angie Begosh    
  • Kate Blessing    
  • Mollie Bousu
  • Marketa Claiborn
  • Matt Dymoke
  • Kelsey Ford    
  • Raya Garrison
  • Simone Gonzalez 
  • Nick Holtan
  • Ian Klein    
  • Diana Johnson    
  • Patricia Longs
  • Carol Louise Cournoyer McDonald    
  • Annette Louise Robinson    
  • Angela Podvin    
  • Logan Sauer
  • Michael Wurth

What is the Bloomington Leadership Program?

The purpose of the program is to:

  • Promote civic engagement and develop leaders in the Bloomington community.
  • Break down barriers and increase understanding of local government.

Leadership skills will be developed through educational sessions that are interactive, engaging, and relational.

2021 program information

This year's eight sessions will be held virtually on Tuesday evenings, September 14 – October 26 from 6 to 8 p.m., with a graduation session Thursday October 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. 

Session topics

Sep. 14: Overview, introductions, Insights Discovery
Sep. 21: Government 101
Sep. 28: City services

Oct. 5: Boards and commissions
Oct. 12: Public participation
Oct. 19: Inclusive community
Oct. 26: Leading in the community

Oct. 28 (Thursday): Recognizing and celebrating leaders (graduation)

Please apply if you are ...

  • A Bloomington resident,
  • Able to attend 75% of the sessions (no more than 2 absences), 
  • 18 years of age or older,
  • Passionate and committed to improving the Bloomington community,
  • Wanting to learn and develop leadership skills to better your neighborhood, faith community, schools, city, etc., and
  • Interested in networking and building relationships with City and local nonprofit staff and elected officials.

How to apply

Applications will be open from June 7 to July 31, 2021. Space is limited. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by Wednesday, August 25.

For questions or to request a mailed application, contact Community Outreach and Engagement at 952-563-8733 | MN Relay 711, or by email at

Testimonials from previous participants

The program has been beneficial in terms of raising my awareness about local issues, how to be a better citizen, ways to get more involved in the community and possible career paths.

I most benefited from a stronger feeling of connection to my community. I am more certain than ever that Bloomington is a special place.

I think everyone should take it, even people who aren’t interested in being involved with local government.