About Pacific Leadership Institute

Since 1979 PLI has been engaging all levels of the community in programs that emphasize learning-by-doing; the value of challenge, teamwork and the positive impact of the great outdoors. PLI is a self-sufficient program based out of SFSU, raising revenue through program fees that are priced on a sliding-scale to ensure all have access to our programs.

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PLI is positioned at San Francisco State University (SFSU), housed in the Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Department (RPT) who oversee the program. PLI is administered through the 501c3 arm of SFSU called the University Corporation (UCORP). PLI operates within the university yet targets its programs to underserved urban youth and community audiences from around the Bay Area.

Who We Serve:  PLI offers team-based outdoor-recreation programs that enhance the learning for students, youth, corporate employees, individuals and groups.  The impacts of our programs stay with our participants long after their feet are back on the ground.

Our Three Program Areas

Fort Miley Adventure Challenge Course

PLI is a proud park partner with the GGNRA to offer this outdoor adventure challenge course with low and high elements in an urban forest in San Francisco. Learn More


Team Building Programs

Team Building programs are fun, engaging and insightful options that center on the skills critical for every teams’ success! Learn More


Leadership Development Programs

Learn about leadership styles and tools through games facilitation workshops, learning to lead at the ropes course volunteering or in our Youth Lead! PLI’s teen leadership initiative. Learn More

Leadership Team

What makes PLI stand apart is our leadership. At the core of PLI is a vibrant leadership team inspiring people to strengthen their connections and reach their potential. PLI employs a tiered system of seasoned leaders with ties to our community and a first-hand understanding of the power of these programs. Our goal is to have leaders who reflect our mission at all levels of the agency.

Meet Our Team