Tucson Non-Profit opens applications for the leadership program

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) – Jose Arias was looking for a way to connect.

“Despite living here for so many years, I didn’t really get the chance to immerse myself in Tucson. That’s what I wanted to do,” said Jose Arias, Greater Tucson Leadership alumnus and board member.

Then he met Greater Tucson Leadership. It is a non-profit organization that educates people about the systems that shape our community.

“We offer programs that really help people understand how to get involved, make positive change in our community, and understand the challenges we face,” said Kasey Hill, CEO of Greater Tucson Leadership.

Greater Tucson Leadership’s Lead Tucson program enters its 41st year. “Lead Tucson” is a nine month program that meets once a month. As soon as applications for adults of all ages are received, they are already preparing new topics for discussion.

“We want to have conversations about how COVID has impacted economic development. What will we see in the future as a result of COVID for our community? How will we recover and be more resilient as a community?” Said Hill.

Greater Tucson Leadership aims to prepare community members to lead this upswing. The “Lead Tucson” program has completed over 1,000 local executives. A handful now hold elected positions at both the state and local levels.

“Our alumni really take what they have learned over the course of the program and go into the community and develop the problems to address big issues that need to be addressed,” said Hill.

Arias experienced it firsthand.

“I’m absolutely behind the mission and the purpose because I’ve lived the effects,” said Arias.

Applications for the Lead Tucson program are open until Friday April 30th.

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