Local leadership development organization LEAD San Diego is joining the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce as an affiliate organization as part of a deal between the organizations to unite their leadership programming under one roof.

Since its establishment nearly 35 years ago, 2,400 people have graduated from programs run by LEAD.

“San Diego is at the epicenter of national issues – veterans, cross-border commerce, biotech. And, we have the highest percentage of millennials in our workforce, compared to competing metro areas,” said Carisa Wisniewski, chairwoman of LEAD San Diego, in a statement. "We have an opportunity and an obligation to take our region’s leadership development to the next level."

LEAD will remain a 501c3, similar to the Chamber Foundation, through which the chamber currently offers its leadership programs, including Chamber Young Leaders, Public Leadership Institute and Advance. Those programs will now also be directed by LEAD; the Chamber Foundation will narrow its focus to economic and quality of life research.

Programs offered by LEAD include its flagship Impact series, a nine-month series about the region for which participants meet one full day per month; Influence, a peer-to-peer education program for C-level and senior executives; Embark, a personalized leadership assessment program for entry- to mid-level managers; Focus, which brings professionals to venues in the county's north, south and east sub-regions; and Leadership Insights, a two-day workshop during which participants hear from regional leaders.

A board of representatives from both organizations will be established to advise LEAD.