Los Altos Community Foundation course helps residents become local LEAD-ers

Courtesy of Anna Weldon/Los Altos Community Foundation
Los Altos Community Foundation 2019 LEAD graduates include, front row, from left: Lori Sevcik, Nadja Jackson, Kellie Riccoboni, Jolee Crosson, Rachel Grainger, Shannon Geary, Bridget Matheson, Ying Liu and Ellie Ahi. Back:Adin Miller, Margriet DeLange, Bill Sheppard, Vivien D’Andrea, Birgitte Goossen, Kim Mosley, Arvind Ven, Chris Roat, Jonathan Weinberg, Claudia Coleman (program manager), Norelle Tavrow, Jane Truscott and Steve Chu. Not pictured: Chandra Nath, Steve Kattner and Michael Ellerin.

Los Altos Community Foundation sponsors the Leadership Education and Advancement (LEAD) program, designed to provide an in-depth introduction for residents and business owners interested in making a difference in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

In the 10 interactive classes, participants learn about the municipal, nonprofit, school, hospital and business organizations that drive the local community, and meet their leaders. Since the inception of the course in 1995, many of the 450-plus LEAD graduates have run for and/or served on city councils, school boards, commissions or nonprofit boards, or assumed nonprofit leadership roles.

The 2020 LEAD class is scheduled to begin in early January and run through May. Classes are typically held 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays; the first class is a half-day Saturday workshop that includes lunch.

Cost to participate is $150. Class size is limited.

To view the 2020 LEAD schedule, visit

To apply and for more information, call 949-5908 or email Gema Wood at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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