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The LeaderSpring Fellowship has been a life-changer.  While in the fellowship, I was challenged to thoroughly examine work, life, and my leadership.  The most exciting part is that the impact of the program is infinite.  The lessons, relationships, and experiences will continue to be a strong presence in my life and work journey.  I have been an alumnus for only three months and have already shared resources and consultations with other members of my cohort.  LeaderSpring is more than the two years of formal fellowship; it will be for a lifetime.
Simon Lee, Executive Director
Growth & Learning Opportunities

Quality, long-term relationships are essential to building community. Based on the safe and trusting space provided during the Fellowship, LeaderSpring Alumni often express the desire to continue their relationships with one another. All LeaderSpring Alumni are invited to participate in the LeaderSpring Alumni Network, so that they can continue collectively reaping the benefits of the two-year program.

Representatives of LeaderSpring classes form the Alumni Committee, which aims to achieve three goals through the Alumni Network:

  1. Facilitate networking among Alumni;

  2. Promote professional development and educational opportunities;
    and

  3. Give back to LeaderSpring. 

Every year, the Committee hosts a gathering of Alumni and Fellows.  For example, the Alumni Committee recently organized a highly successful Alumni Forum featuring a panel on a topic of compelling interest to our Alumni: “Life after ‘executive director’-hood.” Participants shared appreciation for the “incredibly deep, candid, and rich conversation.”

Our long-term aim is to strengthen a vibrant community of nonprofit leaders who are breaking patterns of competition and creating a paradigm of mutual support and camaraderie. In the long term, we hope to pave the way for the development of a unique, sustainable community of leaders who are better positioned to collectively influence public policy and leverage resources to better serve those in need.

The Alumni Committee is composed of the following members:

  • Brahm Ahmadi, CEO, People's Community Market (Class of 2008)
  • Ron Halog, Executive Director, Ala Costa Center (Class of 2010)
  • Cristy Johnston-Limon, Executive Director, Destiny Arts Center (Class of 2009)
  • Karen Kenney, Executive Director, Girls Inc. of the Island City (Class of 2010)
  • Lawland Long, Executive Director, Florence Crittenton Services - Whitney Child Development Center (Class 8)
  • Jennie Mollica, Director of Planning and Program Development, Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) (Class of 2006)
  • Monica Montenegro, Executive Director, East Bay Consortium of Educational Institutions (Class 6)
  • Cynthia Taylor, Adult Program Manager, Oakland Museum of California (Class of 2007)
  • Laura Valdez, Community Leader (Class of 2009)
  • Hazel Wesson, EBAC Department Manager, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (Class of 2006)
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