County Leadership Institute

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    County Leadership Institute

    CLI Resources

    • 2023 Brochure
    • Alumni by Year​
    • 2023 FAQs

    The County Leadership Institute (CLI) is a rigorous program comprised of three days of in-person instruction and virtual meetings offered by NACo to enhance the capability of county officials to identify and implement innovative solutions to complex challenges facing county government. Attendees learn how to effectively address the demands of personal leadership in a new era of government. This era is characterized as a “permanent crisis” by CLI Program Developer and Cambridge Leadership co-founder Marty Linsky. Please note that nominations are accepted from state county associations. If you are interested in attending the CLI program, please contact your state county association for a nomination. If you are nominating a CLI attendee, please submit this form or download the 2023 brochure and submit your nomination via the link in the brochure. For further assistance or information about CLI, please reach out to Leenah Hegazy at

    The 19th Annual County Leadership Institute (CLI) will be held in Washington, D.C. on June 11–14, 2023.

    2022 County Leadership Institute Participants

    Recorder Shelley Brennan
    Duchesne County, Utah

    Treasurer Cindy Brown
    Denton County, Texas

    Executive Director Eric Bryson
    Montana Association of Counties

    County Executive David Crowley
    Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

    Supervisor Latifah Faisal
    Story County, Iowa

    Commissioner Tracey Johnson
    Washington County, North Carolina 

    Commissioner Mary Jo McGuire
    Ramsey County, Minnesota
    NACo Second Vice President

    Director of Finance & Budget
    Phil Montgomery
    Summit County, Ohio

    Commissioner Michael Rivera
    Berks County, Pennsylvania

    Commissioner Kevin Shutty
    Mason County, Washington

    Supervisor Danny Smith
    Graham County, Arizona 

    Commissioner Tammy Tincher
    Greenbrier County, West Virginia

    Supervisor Nora Vargas
    San Diego County, California

    Boardmember Denise Winfrey
    Will County, Illinois
    NACo First Vice President

    The County Leadership Institute is a multi-day program hosted in Washington, D.C. by NACo and Cambridge Leadership Associates. CLI strives to build upon the leadership of elected and appointed county officials through thought-provoking education focused on the Adaptive Leadership Model.
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