• Legacy Leadership Institute on Public Policy is designed to address the challenges facing the State of Maryland and residents 50+ who are seeking new careers as Legacy Service Leaders during retirement.
  • During the spring, Maryland residents 50+ are invited to apply and be interviewed to participate as leaders in Legacy Leadership.
  • During the fall, Legacy Leadership prepares leaders with 64 hours of intensive instruction over 8 weeks as the University of Maryland, College Park campus.

    Ten interrelated units are offered:

    1. History of the State of Maryland
    2. Branches of government
    3. The legislative process
    4. Legislative and senate committees
    5. Budgets and finance
    6. Public policy
    7. County and municipal government
    8. Leadership
    9. Volunteer skills
    10. Professional service leader careers

Sessions are conducted by University of Maryland faculty and invited affiliated faculty from the government such as the President of the Maryland Senate, delegates and senators, secretaries of departments, mayors, county council representatives, legislative aides, and other staff experts. Legacy Leaders receive a manual of readings and study guides to supplement class instruction.

  • Leaders will be matched prior to the opening of the Maryland legislative session with government and nonprofit sector officials who serve as on-site mentors during the 90 day legislative session from January to early April. Seminars are conducted by Legacy Leadership staff to assist leaders and on-site mentors integrate leadership experiences and plan future Legacy Service Leader careers. Leaders participate in such activities as conducting background research on policy issues, assisting in response to constituent issues, attending legislative sessions, committees and briefings, and collaborating on special projects.
  • The Certificate for Legacy Service to the State of Maryland is awarded to leaders and participating officials at the graduation ceremony at the end of the legislative session.
  • After the leadership is completed, program participants are asked to make a commitment to continue to do volunteer service in their local community for a minimum of 300 hours over 2 years. The University of Maryland assists graduates in finding meaningful service opportunities in government and nonprofit sector offices. An Alumni Association keeps graduates in contact with each other and provides ongoing opportunities for lifelong learning.

Responsibilities of Legacy Leadership Leaders

Leaders participate in activities such as:

  • Research: Gathering, maintaining, analyzing, and reporting information and legislation; tracking bills; and evaluating programs.
  • Information technology: Using libraries; applying computer technology; and accessing internet resources.
  • Writing: Composing correspondence; legislative briefs; bills, amendments; testimonies; synopses; and newsletters.
  • Community Relations: Contacting witnesses; handleing constituent problems; and attending hearings and meetings.
  • Office administration: Scheduling; mailing; filing; and telephone communications.


"The Legacy Leadership Institute on Public Policy Program is probably one of the best programs I have ever participated in. The program provided me an in depth picture of the governing and legislative process in the state of Maryland." - Matthew Blanding, 2009

"It is a great program and I found every aspect compelling, mind expanding, and rewarding." - Mary Kay Pappadeas, 2009

"My experience as a Legacy Leader working for Senator Douglas J.J. Peters during the 426th Session of the Maryland General Assembly can be described in three words; Opportunity, Involvement, Success." - Wallace O. Stephen, 2009

"My experience with the Legacy Leadership Program at the University of Maryland has been one of the most rewarding, exciting and challenging experiences I have had in my life." - Diana Jones, 2008

"In just a few short months, the Legacy Leadership adventure surpassed anything I had experienced in 33 years of Federal Service." - Timothy Lawrence, 2008

"This experience has been so rewarding for me that I would recommend it highly to others who are retired and want to continue to make a contribution." - Cynthia Scurlock, 2008