About | Leadership Austin ignites passion for civic engagement and community leadership.


In 1979 Leadership Austin was founded—by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce (GACC)—with the mission of providing leadership training to those with a passion for Greater Austin. In 2002 we became a stand-alone 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, while sustaining close ties to the GACC. Today we continue to believe each of us can engage in collaborative, inclusive, and sustainable leadership for our community.

Leadership Austin offers emerging and community leaders a unique opportunity to be part of a group that has come together to:

  • Develop their personal and professional leadership skills;
  • Learn about the issues affecting Greater Austin through open and balanced civic discussion; and,
  • Build relationships with others who seek to grow as leaders and find solutions to the issues facing our region.

From Our Alumni


Looking around the landscape, the people in Leadership Austin remain such an indelible difference in our community and the future of where we’re going… I’m proud to be a part of that. Pike Powers, Essential 1980

There are few other organizations with a better understanding of how to train and inspire the future of our city than Leadership Austin. The quality of people involved and the passion displayed by decades of alumni is a true testament to the impact Leadership Austin has on our community. AJ Meditz, Emerge 2013