Santa Clara Count Supervisor addresses LACF’s LEAD

The Los Altos Town Crier published a nice article about Supervisor Joe Simitian speaking to our current LEAD class about community advocacy. Its a great talk.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian discussed the keys to successful advocacy at Los Altos Community Foundation’s Feb. 15 Leadership Education Advancement (LEAD) class.

“Having served as an elected official at various levels of state and local government, I’ve observed what works, and what doesn’t,” Simitian said. “Making change is difficult, but it can be done if you know how to be a successful advocate.”

Simitian illustrated his points with humorous examples based on his years of public service as a mayor, county supervisor, state assemblyman and state senator.

“Joe Simitian’s dynamic and fun presentation is a real skill-building experience in the LEAD curriculum,” said Claudia Coleman, LEAD program director.

Read the rest of this article in the Los Altos Town Crier.

LEAD runs from January to May each year. It is an ideal way to learn more about Los Altos and Los Altos Hills local government, education, local non-profits and business interests.  Participants have included those who are:

  • New to the area or lived here for years
  • Retired
  • Contemplating City Council, School Board or a Commission
  • Interested in giving back to our community

LEAD is a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation.

LEAD Applications for 2017 Open


Join, LEAD, the program that cultivates community leaders in your community.

2017 LEAD Schedule:

January 21              9 – 12 Half-day Saturday Workshop (Including lunch)

All classes are on Wednesday evenings from 7 – 9 p.m.

February 1
February 15
March 1
March 15
March 29
April 5
April 19
May 3
May 17
May 31

To sign up for LEAD please call 650-949-5908 or email

Become a Los Altos LEAD er

  • New to the area or lived here for years?

  • Retired?

  • Civic staff?

  • Contemplating running for City Council or School Board, or serving on a Commission?

Then Los Altos LEAD is perfect for you! Enrollment is open to all. Since 1996, more than 220 people have completed the eight-session course.

Subjects presented:

  • local government
  • education
  • social services and health
  • arts
  • community service organizations.

Volunteer opportunities are always highlighted, and one session is devoted to team building and leadership training.


CEO’s, Executive Directors, community & school district leaders will present their organizations over a five month period. They will discuss how they are an integral part of the community as well as participate in candid conversations on the challenges and obstacles upon which they are focused.

The program kicks off with a three hour Saturday morning workshop where class attendees meet each other, expectations are discussed and a dynamic leadership discussion is facilitated. It is followed by nine sessions meeting Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm twice a month.

I strongly recommend the LEAD class for anyone looking to learn more and potentially get involved with our wonderful community. Each session offered a fascinating look at the inner workings of some part of our community. I have never been exposed to so many dedicated people. It was a stimulating and eye-opening experience.

John Radford, Councilmember, Town of Los Altos Hills, and 2011 LEAD graduate.

LEAD 2015 will start in January and will be coordinated by LACF Board Co-chair Claudia Coleman.

Contact LACF for registration details: or call: (650) 949-5908

Sessions are held at LACF, 183 Hillview Avenue, in the Neutra House, except for four sessions held at offsite locations tbd.

The LEAD Program (Leadership Education ADvancement Program) was developed by the Los Altos Community Foundation as a vehicle to introduce participants to the multiple private and public organizations in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View that make our cites and surrounding areas a community.

A letter from a LEADer

Dear Friends,

Wanted to let you know of a fabulous opportunity that is not only a great educational opportunity but a lot of fun, too!

leadatlibrarysliderThe upcoming LEAD Program has a few (but only a few) slots left in the Program. This program, which is run by Claudia Coleman of Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF), helps locals discover and engage with their local community by learning, up close and personal, about all the wonderful resources that are available to us in our uniquely special Los Altos through presentations, workshops and discussion. It was a program that I attended and thoroughly enjoyed. It was professional and informative, in addition to being well executed and I was very impressed. You might think that if you’ve lived here for any considerable amount of time, you know all there is to know. I’m here to tell you there is lots to learn! In fact I would say it was definitely the impetus behind getting more involved in my treasured downtown Los Altos. And as many of you are moving into the “next phase” of your life, now that the kids are gone, you might be looking for some special way to give back to our community, and this would be a perfect entree to open your eyes to all that is out there.

The program starts off with a workshop on Saturday, January 25 from 9 – 12:00 and includes lunch. The remaining classes are on Wednesday evenings from 7 – 9:00 and the dates include: February 5 & 26, March 5 & 19, April 2 & 16, May 7 & 21 and culminates on June 4. If you are interested, please check out the LEAD page for application details.

And please feel free to pass this along to any interested Los Altos or Los Altos Hills friends that you think might be interested.

Robin Katsaros

Los Altos Resident and Founder of Sit & Share