About Us

Leadership Fresno is one of the Chamber’s most prominent programs and is unlike any other course of its kind. It was founded in 1984 to enhance the skills, resources and civic involvement of business leaders in the community.

Each year, a new, elite group of Fresnans is selected to participate in the Leadership Fresno class. The program begins in August with an immersive two-day retreat, followed by daylong seminars each month. Additionally, it is incumbent upon the class members to determine a project which will have an effect on the community in a significant way – an endeavor that each participant must be integrally involved in.

Graduates of Leadership Fresno have gone on to hold leadership positions in a variety of organizations; they have been elected to political office – like our current Mayor, Ashley Swearengin; and many have found their participation in the program positively affected their professional lives. Each class also has a special attachment to the program, a fact often evidenced by the frequently repeated phrase “My class was the best class ever!”

For information on any facet of the program, please contact Program Coordinator, Rebecca Johnson at rjohnson@fresnochamber.com.