The Leadership Program is sponsored by the San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce, Foster City Chamber of Commerce, Burlingame Chamber of Commerce, and the Town of Hillsborough.

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The Leadership Program identifies and nurtures existing and potential community leaders, increasing their knowledge of the community and community issues while enhancing their individual effectiveness through exposure to leadership characteristics.


To create an expanding base of knowledgeable citizens and leaders

To prompt broader citizen involvement by providing a forum for educated debate and an opportunity for participants to strengthen their inherent leadership skills

To provide a forum for meeting with and hearing from key community leaders to learn about programs and services, as well as the critical issues facing our communities

In addition to providing an informational forum, to also provide networking opportunities with key community leaders, class members, and graduates of the Leadership program.

How are the goals accomplished?

  • Monthly Leadership program days
  • Opportunities for learning more and/or becoming directly involved
  • Connections with Leadership graduates

Cheryl Angeles – President & CEO, SM Area Chamber of Commerce (Class of 2014)

Noemi Avram, AIA – President, Gumbinger Avram Architects (Class of 2004)
Alumni Affairs Co-Chair

Nirmala Bandrapalli – Prinicpal, Global Fusion Consulting (Class of 2013)

Laura Bent – Operations Manager, Samaritan House (Class of 2001)

Michael Berube – President, The Berube Company (Class of 1991)

Julia Bott – Executive Director, San Mateo Co Parks Foundation (Class of 2008)
Curriculum Co-Chair

Nancy Bush – Senior Vice President, United American Bank(Class of 2006)
Alumni Affairs Co-Chair

Tish Busselle* – Educational Consultant

Rachel Del Monte – Executive Director, Peninsula Family YMCA(Class of 2013)

Gayl Del Pero – Sales Director, Mary Kay Cosmetics(Class of 1999)
Scholarship Chair

John Draper – Philanthropy Advisor, Crystal Springs Uplands School(Class of 1992)

Cheryl Fama – President & CEO, Peninsula Health Care District (Class of 2009) Nominations Chair

Supervisor Carole Groom* – Supervisor, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
Curriculum Co-Chair

Roger Heighton – Principal, Heighton Insurance Services (Class of 2009)

Linda Koelling – Former Council Member, City Council – Foster City (Class of 2003)

Kitty Lopez  – Executive Director, First 5 San Mateo County (Class of 2003)

Lars Lund – President, Junípero Serra High School (Class of 2009)

David Mendell – Owner, Kern’s Fine Jewelry (Class of 2010)

Larry Patterson – City Manager, San Mateo (Class of 2001)

John S. Root* – Community Member

Robert Webster – President & CEO, Bohannon Development Co.(Class of 2012)

*Honorary Graduate

Founding Members in 1990
  • Tom Mack (President)
  • Robert Barnes
  • John H. Clinton, Jr.
  • Hal Fick
  • T. Jack Foster
  • Jerry Fuchs
  • Nick Gennaro
  • Joseph Greenbach
  • George M. Keller
  • Charles Mason
  • Gordon Moore
  • Jack Murray, Jr.
  • Frances Bohannon Nelson
  • George Newlon
  • John Raiser
  • Frank Regan
  • Charles Russell
  • The Honorable Judge Phrasel Shelton
  • Mike Shen
  • Glenn Smith
  • Lino Valbusa
  • Hugh Wayne
  • Eleanor Williams
  • William Wilson

The Leadership Advisory Board wants to ensure the vitality of the Program by providing necessary financial support and encouraging the growth of the Leadership Graduate Network.

Membership in the Legacy Circle helps provides that the Leadership Program remains fiscally healthy and is able to attract a diversity of participants through scholarships.

Other benefits include:

  • Priority reservations and seating for Leadership Reconnects events including VIP receptions held in conjunction with these events
  • An invitation to attend one Program Day each year (with prior reservation)
  • Inclusion of your name on the Leadership Legacy Circle listing that will appear on our website and on materials distributed through Leadership and the Chamber.
Join Legacy Circle

We invite you to join the Leadership Legacy Circle today to help us ensure that the Leadership Program continues so that future participants can participate in a program which recognizes and nurtures leadership potential. Membership in the Leadership Legacy Circle is fully tax deductible. Write your check to The Silicon Valley Community Foundation noting Leadership in the memo line. The Annual membership is $100 and a three-year term is $250. A lifetime membership is available for $1,000.

Legacy Circle Members – Lifetime Members
  • John Draper (Class of 1992)*
  • John Loder (Past Leadership Advisory Board President)*
Legacy Circle Members
  • Terry Arellano (Class of 2006)
  • Larry Atkinson (Class of 1992)Laura Bent (Class of 2001)*
  • Michael Berube (Class of 1991)*
  • Bohannon Foundation
  • Julia Bott (Class of 2008)
  • Tish Busselle (Honorary Graduate, Class of 2012)*
  • Chonita Cleary (Class of 2000)
  • Michele Freed (Class of 2010)
  • Hon. Carole Groom (Honorary Graduate, Class of 2012)*
  • Weezie Harwood (Class of 2005)
  • Kathryn Haysbert (Class of 2009)
  • Mark Hudak (Class of 2002)
  • Hon. Christine Krolik (Class of 2005)
  • Jim Loustalot (Class of 1997)
  • David Mendell (Class of 2010)*
  • Kitty Mullooly (Class of 1998)
  • Dan Neumann (Class of 2006)
  • Patricia O’Brien (Class of 2011)
  • Mitch Postel
  • Hon. Margi Power (Class of 2005)
  • Bertha Sanchez (Class of 1995)
  • Connie Sevier (Class of 1998)
  • Vince Siminitus (Class of 2009)
  • Bill Swackhamer (Class of 1992)
  • Susan Totaro (Class of 2010)
  • Chief Ed Wood (Class of 2010)

*Leadership Advisory Board Members

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