DCA City Advocate Program

Launched in 2009, the DCA City Advocates Program provides civic education and fosters active engagement for rising leaders in the Downtown Cleveland community. Through this unique program, participants gain access to Downtown Cleveland Alliance's staff and board and engage in open dialogue with many established leaders in the private, public and non-profit sectors.  In addition, participants work collaboratively on self-selected projects that support Downtown's quality of life and ability to attract residents, businesses and visitors.  They emerge from the program with a fuller understanding of community change processes and the various ways one can become active in civic life.

Participants in the City Advocates Program are chosen through a competitive application process that seeks to assemble a group of diverse individuals who share a passion for Downtown Cleveland and who represent a wide array of interests, professional backgrounds, and relationship to Downtown. Through monthly meetings participants gain an in-depth understanding of Downtown's assets, challenges, history and leadership, and are encouraged to take action on initiatives that support the Alliance's mission to advance a vibrant, attractive and exciting Downtown Cleveland. Participants make a two-year commitment to the program, including attendance at all monthly meetings, active participation in a project of choice, and commitment to collaborative group-work outside of the regular meeting schedule.

Through the City Advocates Program, Downtown Cleveland Alliance aspires to build a lasting coalition of passionate advocates who will continue to support the mission of the Alliance, champion Downtown Cleveland and support its growth as a modern and dynamic city throughout their personal and professional lives.

Still wondering what's in it for you? Read more about the program benefits here.

The application period for the 2014-2016 class of City Advocates is now closed.  The next opportunity to apply will be in January 2015. Learn about the new class here.

Please contact Lauren Kotmel, Development & Community Relations Specialist, with any further questions.