Fountain Hills Leadership Academy

Identifying a new generation of creative leaders

This comprehensive experience, sponsored by I Love Fountain Hills, is designed to develop better-informed citizens. The eight-week program offers an extensive immersion into the town’s governmental processes, civic and community services, public safety, and environmental management. Along the way, participants will meet community leaders and share ideas about the future of Fountain Hills. Classes take place each year from September through November.

Our Mission

To identify current and emerging leaders in Fountain Hills and deepen their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing our community. The Alumni members shall focus on serving and impacting positive change in Fountain Hills.

Academy Program

Each year, the Fountain Hills Leadership Academy accepts candidate applications from November 15th to May 15th. The application deadline for the 2024 Leadership Academy is May 15, 2024.

The 2024 session will begin Thursday, September 12, 2024 and the graduation will be held Wednesday, November 13, 2024

To apply for the program, use the Apply Now button to access the online application form. We encourage you to be thoughtful in your responses, as candidate scores are partially based on the clarity of their written responses. In addition to the online application, candidates will be invited to participate in an interview. Both the online application and the interview are required for program consideration.


Local Fountain Hills businesses are encouraged to support the Leadership Academy by sponsoring one of the program days, and/or one of the meals provided for the sessions, with a donation of $250 or more. Sponsors will be recognized in program materials and invited to join the session they’ve sponsor so they can highlight their business.