Leadership Contra Costa℠

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Coordinated by the Walnut Creek Chamber and East Bay Leadership Council.


For more than three decades, Leadership Contra Costa has brought together a group of 30 strangers from across the Contra Costa region and asked them to step out of their everyday lives, open their everyday minds, and imagine a better Contra Costa region—and their role in creating it.


Leadership Contra Costa is a nine-month program that brings 30 county residents together to explore the different aspects that make up our daily lives. Through monthly day-sessions that include in-depth looks at arts and education, media and communications, business and economic development, sustainability, criminal and civil justice, health and human services, and government and political processes, each class member is given the opportunity to learn what makes a truly vibrant civic life.


If you are an LCC alum interested in serving on a committee to help deliver these programs, please reach out to Walnut Creek Chamber President & CEO Bob Linscheid at bobl@walnut-creek.com.


    • Mission Statement: Leadership Contra Costa

Leadership Contra Costa was created to identify and promote skills as a current or future leader, enhance the participant’s knowledge of the Contra Costa region, expand involvement in community affairs and increase communication among the most active and involved members of this community.


    • Who can apply for Leadership Contra Costa?

All community members who seek to increase their role in community affairs, expand their knowledge of the Contra Costa region and develop relationships with influential and involved community members are encouraged to apply. This program brings together applicants who display a commitment to the purpose of Leadership Contra Costa.


    • What is the duration of the program?

The nine-month course begins in September and ends in May. Each session meets the first Thursday of the month with bonus activities including a Police “Ride Along,” Future of Work event and other special sessions designed by the Steering Committee.


    • What is the Format of Leadership Contra Costa?

Each month, the Leadership Contra Costa class will closely examine specific topics. Participants will complete a total of nine full-day interactive sessions where they will hear from and meet influential speakers from various backgrounds.


    • How can I apply?

Applications for Leadership Contra Costa 2023 are now being accepted here.

Leadership Class 2020

Back row, left to right: Kevin Marstall, City of Concord; Justin Ezell, City of Concord; David Sachs, David N. Sachs Photography & Film; Robert Lutz, Tony La Russa’s – ARF; Ryan Pursley, City of Concord; Chip Griffin, City of Walnut Creek; Patience Ofodu, MPA Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa – East Bay Works

Middle row, left to right: Michelle Monaco, Mechanics Bank; Betsy Burkhart, City of Walnut Creek; Rebecca Cushing, The Seven Hills School; Lisa Mendes, Mendes Weed, LLP; Kathryn Reisinger, City of Walnut Creek; Elizabeth Orcutt, Diablo Regional Arts Association; Ruby Horta, County Connection

Front row, left to right: Kara Galindo, City of Martinez; Jenna Elkins, State Assembly District 14; Monisha Merchant, Lotus Advisory Ltd., LLC; Joelle Fockler, City of Concord; Dulce Petagara, Jacklyn Snyder, Marcus and Millichap; Carry Warner, CalFoods Logistics; Marie Suvansin, City of Concord Not pictured: Libby Eppinga, Cancer Support Community

Proven Asset to Our Community

For 34 years Leadership Contra Costa has been helping identify and prepare community leaders. With an alumni roster of more than 700-800 graduates, including former Mayors of Walnut Creek Loella Haskew, Cindy Silva and Kathy Hicks, former Assemblywoman Lynne Leach, former Concord Mayor, Lou Rosas; Martinez Mayor Rob Schroder; and Ret. Superior Court Judge Harlan Grossman, this program has proven to be an asset to the community and society.


The class members have also included Jay Lifson from the Lafayette Chamber and Steve Van Dorn from the Pleasanton Chamber. As the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau expands the emphasis on regional collaboration, Leadership Contra Costa provides a unique opportunity for furthering this effort.