We Educate Leaders.
We Connect Leaders.
We Facilitate the Important Conversations.


FOCUS St. Louis prepares diverse leaders to work cooperatively for a thriving St. Louis region through its experience-based leadership training, civic issue education and public engagement initiatives.

As the region’s premier civic leadership and engagement organization, FOCUS St. Louis brings diverse leaders together to understand, collaborate and take action on issues of regional importance. Linked by training and civic commitment, these individuals help the communities they serve become more inclusive, engaged and connected, thus increasing their ability to resolve complex social challenges. What emerges is a more vibrant civic life that helps to support and sustain a thriving St. Louis region.

Quality Leadership: Recognizing that experience is the best teacher, FOCUS uses immersion training to help individuals gain the knowledge, skills and practice they need to become impactful civic leaders.

Civic Involvement: FOCUS understands that for St. Louis to thrive, it must have informed and engaged residents who champion community well-being and work to resolve issues of regional importance.

Community Collaboration: Through its partnerships, networks and civic engagement initiatives, FOCUS aligns leaders and organizations around effective solutions to complex community challenges.

Equity: FOCUS supports fair treatment, access and opportunity for all and partners with others to eliminate disparities that undermine the quality of life in the region.

Regional Perspective: FOCUS knows that the bi-state region is made up of mutually dependent communities, so it works across boundaries and jurisdictions to improve civic life and the general welfare.