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What is the Citizens Academy?

The Alameda County Citizens Academy is a free six-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.

It provides an excellent opportunity for the community to increase their knowledge of County government and its impact. Through presentations by top County leaders, participants benefit from a unique interactive learning and behind the scenes experience. Sessions include tours of key County facilities, demonstrations of specialized equipment, and hands-on exercises, all designed to illustrate the impact of County services in the community and opportunities for citizen engagement.

What are the Goals of the Citizens Academy?

Increase Knowledge of Citizens

Participants become better informed about the role and structure of Alameda County in the community and gain a better understanding about what is required to run a county.

Civic Engagement

The ACCA is a program of civic engagement and increases on-going citizen participation in County government. Citizens learn how they can be more involved with Alameda County.


Participants have the opportunity to connect with other citizens from around the County. Participants and staff foster enhanced communication.

What will I learn?

Over the course of six, Wednesday evening sessions, participants increase their knowledge about Alameda County and its services through the County's Vision 2026 core themes:

  • Healthy Environment,
  • Thriving & Resilient Population,
  • Safe & Livable Communities,
  • Prosperous & Vibrant Economy,

with emphasis on departmental innovation and sustainability in addressing the Vision’s 10X Goals.

Who Can Participate?

The Academy is open to anyone who lives, works, or owns a business in Alameda County who has an interest in County government.

The program is free, but enrollment is limited.

When are the Sessions?

The Alameda County Citizens Academy consists of six sessions. Each session will be held in the fall, typically in September and October, 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.

To successfully complete the Academy and participate in graduation, each participant must attend five of the six sessions.


To graduate paricipants MUST attend five of the six sessions.

A special graduation ceremony will conclude the Alameda County Citizens Academy. Graduates will be recognized by members of the Board of Supervisors, receive a graduation certificate, and enjoy a graduation reception. In recognition of the graduate's contribution to the County.

"The 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