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.