The Political Leadership Development Program (known as “Boot Camp”) generates tomorrow’s political leaders with the expertise to succeed and make a difference.

This highly-acclaimed intensive leadership development program is designed to help participants who want to become leaders, strategists, and key staff members.

Our non-partisan educational program is offered each summer in the national capital area. Approved applicants participate in a comprehensive curriculum developed and led by outstanding facilitators who help students learn proven strategies and develop skills that are critical to winning, including:


  • How to develop a winning strategy and develop and execute a successful campaign plan
  • How to develop and lead an effective campaign staff and volunteer team
  • How to develop and communicate clear and compelling messages that motivate others to take action
  • How to raise the funds needed to win
  • How to take advantage of the latest technology


Our approach to political leadership development is highly-interactive.  For example, all participants will engage in a simulated campaign.  They will fulfill specific campaign team roles, compete in an election with other teams, and experience what is required to develop and lead either an electoral or ballot initiative campaign, from the origins of the campaign through Election Day.

The first CBCI Political Leadership Training “Boot Camp” was held in 2002. Today, more than 700 graduates are putting the political leadership skills they developed to work. Alumni typically forge strong bonds and long-lasting relationships with their peers in the program. Most not only stay in touch through a variety of methods; they also support one another by making contributions, showing up to help run campaigns, or helping to teach future CBCI Political Leadership Training “Boot Camp” students.

Most alumni describe their time at the CBCI Political Leadership Training “Boot Camp” as a transformative experience. We invite you to apply to join this dynamic, powerful group of public and private sector policy leaders.


“The CBCI’s Political Leadership Boot Camp gave me a realistic view of what to expect in roles of political leadership. The training covered strategizing, campaigning, and everything that should be done after assuming office. The program also connected me with so many others whom I now call my good friends. If anyone is thinking about doing it, they should!”

-Anthony Mitchell (Summer 2015 Graduate), Eastern Region Assistant Executive Director of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated

“The CBCI Political Leadership Boot Camp afforded me the opportunity to enhance my campaign and political knowledge with refined strategy and skills that helped me elevate professionally. The lessons I learned and skills gained throughout the program were from well respected thought leaders in the industry. The program included putting those lessons and skills to use through presentations and a mock political campaign. Meeting and developing sincere relationships with equally ambitious political colleagues has been inspiring and invaluable. They are my friends and some have been civic partners on a few initiatives post my time in the program. Take it from me…the CBCI Political Leadership Boot Camp is an investment worth making in your civic future”.

-Stephanie A. Arthur, MPA (Summer 2015 Graduate), Founder & Principal, At the Nexus GLOBAL, LLC