CLA Participation

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For more details, please contact Leah Friedman by calling 412-255-4773 or email

Program Description

The Civic Leadership Academy (CLA) is an engaging 11 week program that opens the doors of local government to the community. CLA was created to foster informed, effective, and inspired community leadership. The program includes tours, hands-on demonstrations, and informational activities that give participants an insider view of how the City of Pittsburgh operates.

While it is a competitive application process, the program is free and we encourage residents across the city to apply. In each session, participants learn about departments across city government and the services that each provides to build a safer, more livable city for all of Pittsburgh.

Invitation for New Americans to Apply

The Civic Leadership Academy in partnership with Welcoming Pittsburgh reserves 10 spots for New Americans and recent immigrants living in Pittsburgh. Not only will participants have a unique opportunity to understand the inner workings of local government, but they will also benefit from a cross-cultural exchange.

We look forward to elevating the conversation together to increase the transparency, openness, and welcoming nature of our great city to all Pittsburghers.


  • Pittsburgh resident or business owner that operates in Pittsburgh.
  • Individuals actively involved in community organizations are encouraged to apply.
  • For more details, please contact Leah Friedman by calling 412-255-4773 or email