Simitian shares tips for successful advocacy


Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian discussed the keys to successful advocacy at Los Altos Community Foundation’s Feb. 15 Leadership Education Advancement (LEAD) class.

“Having served as an elected official at various levels of state and local government, I’ve observed what works, and what doesn’t,” Simitian said. “Making change is difficult, but it can be done if you know how to be a successful advocate.”

Simitian illustrated his points with humorous examples based on his years of public service as a mayor, county supervisor, state assemblyman and state senator.

“Joe Simitian’s dynamic and fun presentation is a real skill-building experience in the LEAD curriculum,” said Claudia Coleman, LEAD program director.

LEAD introduces Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents to the leaders and local organizations serving the community in government, education, health care, nonprofit agencies and business. Participants learn how they can get involved and work more effectively in the community.

“Each LEAD session offered a fascinating look at the inner workings of some part of our community,” said Los Altos Hills City Councilman John Radford, a 2011 LEAD graduate. “It was a stimulating and eye-opening experience.”

Many elected officials and appointed commissioners in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills have participated in the LEAD program since its inception in 1994.

Now in its 25th year, Los Altos Community Foundation enables residents, private foundations and businesses to strengthen the community through local philanthropy and civic engagement. The foundation, its donors and volunteers provide grants and scholarships, operate leadership and community-building programs, incubate “startup” nonprofits, offer donor-directed charitable funds and convene groups to solve community problems.

To read Simitian’s “13 Tips for Successful Advocacy,” visit

For more information on LEAD, visit

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