16th Alameda County Citizens Academy

The Alameda County Citizens Academy is a 6-session interactive program that provides insight to County services and operations and offers opportunities for civic engagement in the County.

The Alameda County Citizens Academy, formerly known as the Adult Leadership Academy, was founded in 2001 by County Administrator, Susan S. Muranishi, with the full support of the Board of Supervisors.

The Citizens Academy is free and an excellent opportunity for the community to increase their knowledge of county government. Through presentations by top County leaders, participants benefit from a unique interactive learning and behind the scenes experience. Refreshed programming includes tours of key County facilities, demonstrations of specialized equipment, hands-on exercises designed to illustrate the impact of County services in the community and opportunities for citizen engagement.


"The Alameda County Leadership Academy provided beneficial insight into our county's programs, operations and general management that all residents and voters should be aware of. I have a more educated perspective on issues that impact me as both an Alameda County resident and a public administrator - and feel like a more responsible citizen for participating in this program. I highly recommend it to others."

- H. Hafer

The dates for the 2016 Alameda County Citizens Academy are listed below, and sessions are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at various locations throughout the County. The program is facilitated by the County Administrator's Office and each session is hosted by different County agencies or departments.

Dates and curriculum for the 2016 sessions are as follows:

Session 1
September 7, 2016
Welcome, County Overview and Economic Vitality

Session 2
September 21, 2016
Caring for Our Citizens

Session 3
October 5, 2016
Public Safety and First Response

Session 4
October 19, 2016
Law and Justice

Session 5
November 2, 2016
Sustainability and Safety Net Services

Session 6
November 16, 2016
How Technology Empowers the Community and Graduation Ceremony for Participants

The Citizens Academy is a free forum for people who live, work, or own a business in Alameda County.


"As a graduate of the Alameda County Leadership Academy, I have more faith and hope in my leadership skills than I ever had before."

- C. McGaffeny