ALP began as the Association of Leadership Professionals in April 2010. Originally chartered as a 501(c)(6) organization in the state of Texas and eventually shifted to a 501c3 in February 2012 under the name of the Association of Leadership Programs.  This move to a tax exempt status helped ALP become the largest network of leadership programs in the nation.  The merge into one entity is inclusive of community leadership programs and professionals who inspire excellence and innovation impacting the greater good in their communities.

To support the new organization, the Legacy Circle was formed. Chaired by Ted Carroll, CEO, Leadership Greater Hartford, CT,  their financial support helped to launch a "virtual" office, the ALP website.  The Board of Directors was expanded and Lura Hammond stepped up to become the manager of the association and ultimately became the first executive director.