Leadership Contra Costa

Sponsored by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau , Leadership Contra Costasm (LCC), the Bay Area’s premier countywide leadership program, accepts 25–30 individuals from throughout the county with diverse backgrounds to participate in the program. LCC is geared to people who want to make a difference in the communities in which they live and work.  Topics include: Health & Aging , The Price of Justice,  Business & Economics, Environment, Education, Social Justice, Government & Politics, Housing & Transportation.

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.

Program begins September 2022. Click here to apply!