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Dear Leadership Council SMC Community,

We are thrilled to announce that on June 3, 2023, we graduated our second Leadership CORPS Class and our inaugural Emerging Leaders class. This combined group of 69 amazing leaders from all sectors of San Mateo County successfully completed 10 months of rigorous work together — learning deeply about the issues we face in San Mateo County, collaborating on projects, developing their personal leadership skills, and creating trusted relationships that will endure.

“We are so happy to know you and witness what you have built together — relationships that won’t end here,” said Leadership Council SMC Co-President Kaarin Hardy as she addressed the graduates. “In addition to the friendships and trust you have created, you are graduating into a powerful network of leaders who will help you magnify your voice, achieve your goals, and elevate your organizations and communities.”

Meet the Leadership CORPS Class of 2023 and the Emerging Leaders Class of 2023, and enjoy photos from the Graduation Ceremony on our News page.

Looking Ahead

We have been energized by the Class of 2023 and are excitedly planning for 2023-2024! We received over 90 applications for next year’s Leadership Immersion Programs and acceptance letters have been sent. These programs will begin in September 2023.

Leading together,

Kaarin Hardy and Margi Power

Leadership Council SMC Co-Presidents

We Are Hiring!

Seeking a Program & Events Coordinator

Leadership Council SMC is looking for an enthusiastic, motivated individual who will be an integral part of our team. They will be responsible for planning and coordinating all logistical aspects of our work.

We are dedicated to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in everything we do. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage individuals of all backgrounds and perspectives to apply.

Do you know someone you think would be a perfect fit? Please share this information with your networks.

More Details:

  • Complete job description and application instructions are on our LinkedIn Jobs page or on our website.
  • Hiring Timeline:
  • Application and Screening Period: June 23 to July 17, 2023
  • First Interview (via Zoom): Week of July 17, 2023
  • Second, In-Person Interview (South SF): Week of July 24, 2023
  • Reference Check and Job Offer Extended: Week of July 31, 2023
  • Start Date, Welcome, and Onboarding: Mid- to Late- August, 2023
  • Application Instructions: Send resume and cover letter to [email protected] by July 17, 2023 with the subject “Program and Events Coordinator.” Applicants are asked to please include in their cover letter why they are excited to work with Leadership Council SMC.
Job Description and Application Instructions

Community Acceleration Program for Nonprofits

Apply by August 1, 2023

Attention San Mateo County Nonprofits!

Apply by August 1 for Leadership Council SMC's 2023 - 2024 Community Acceleration Program (CAP).

Participation in CAP will add capacity to selected SMC nonprofits through pro-bono expertise. Leadership Council SMC will pair selected nonprofits with a team of our 2023-2024 Leadership Program participants who will bring knowledge, experience, skills, and passion to complete essential, transformational project work.

Sound intriguing? Read about the success of this year's CAP in our News.

Applications for the 2023-24 CAP are due on August 1, 2023. They are available on our homepage or by clicking below. Selection decisions will be made by August 21, 2023.

Community Acceleration Program 2023-2024 Application

Celebrating 2022-2023

What a Thrilling Year!

Our second year of programming was filled with collaboration, innovation, and a number of exciting "firsts."

Newly Elected Leaders Training

We hosted a successful “Newly Elected Leaders” Training, an innovative, day-long program for officials in San Mateo County. Former Congresswoman Jackie Speier and other influential county leaders shared practical advice from their years of experience. The success of this event has inspired us to evaluate how to expand this programming in the future.

Read more.

Community Acceleration Program - A Successful First Year

Our Community Acceleration Program (CAP) had a very successful first year. During 2022-2023, Leadership Council SMC paired small groups of our Emerging Leaders participants with local nonprofits to complete transformational project work.

Read more.

Leadership Council Learning Events

In addition to our Leadership Immersion Programs, our Leadership Council Learning programming brings continuous learning opportunities to our Leadership Council SMC community. This year we hosted three events that advance our mission: “Education in the News,” “Hidden Rules of Class,” and “Inclusive Employment Practices.” 

Read more about the "Inclusive Employment Practices" event.

Extended Learning Opportunities

Extended learning opportunities create connections and impressions that bring our Immersion Programs to life. Topics for optional field trips are aligned with issues addressed during Learning Days, and offer participants the chance to dive more deeply into the subject matter.

Read more about two events held this year: Shoreway Environmental Center Tour and a visit to Cypress Lawn Memorial Park.

Thank You!

It Means the World To Us!

We are deeply moved by the outpouring of support we have received from across San Mateo County. We know that we could not have accomplished these successful two years without you.

From our deeply committed and active Board of Directors, Advisory Council, City Partners, Sponsors, and donors, to our speakers, program participants, and extended community, your partnership means the world to us. Your generosity enables us to develop outstanding curriculum and offer scholarships, making our programs accessible to every person who aspires to make a difference. Your work on our behalf inspires us to keep striving to achieve our goal: Empowered and inspired leaders that will continue to positively impact San Mateo County.

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