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Leadership Institute for Just and Resilient Communities



1364 N. McDowell Blvd
Petaluma, CA 94953

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Ignite Your Leadership Potential

We are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 Leadership Institute for Just and Resilient Communities (previously the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy).


FINAL application deadline is June 30th for our Fall 2018 Class

This unique leadership development program is designed to meet the need for effective and connected leaders who can promote systems level change to create a better future for all.

Our goal over this 10-month program is to provide the inspiration, skills, and support network for leaders to be more powerful change agents in their lives, organizations, and communities.

This is an exceptional opportunity to develop your leadership skills, broaden your cross-sector network, and expand your understanding of local solutions to current issues facing our community.

How do we do this?

Classes meet for a full day each month as we move through the four pillars of leadership, building on personal practices of values-aligned leadership and stepping into how to effectively lead at the community and organizational level.

We explore models that address issues impacting our economic, environmental and societal systems as the course location rotates to tour and experience different inspiring sites around Sonoma County.

Through robust discussion with experts, guided self-reflection, and project-based learning, each class you will learn about the intersecting challenges and opportunities around topics such as:

  • Systems of Inequality
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Social and Environmental Health
  • Water and Natural Resources
  • Agriculture: Food and Fiber
  • Climate Change and Energy
  • Housing and Land Use

Each cohort is made up of a mixture of government, business, and nonprofit participants, creating a unique setting for rich group discussion as we apply systems thinking to focus our impact and efforts around the solutions that will best benefit this and future generations.

“The Institute helped me to think about public policy in different ways—to connect issues together in a more holistic approach and to learn more progressive and satisfying ways to solve policy challenges such as affordable housing, transportation and community development.”

-- Susan Gorin, 1st District County Supervisor, Fellow 2002

The Graduates Fellows Network

Graduates of the program join an engaged network of change-makers, from state and local elected officials, to business entrepreneurs, non profit thought leaders and more. The Fellows Network, composed of more than 500 Leadership Institute graduates, gives access to seasonal networking events, ongoing education and more.

FINAL application deadline is June 30th for our Fall 2018 Class


Please reach out to Kerry Fugett for more information, or call 707-789-9664.


Systems Thinking Analysis
Systems Thinking Analysis
Unique Solutions
Unique Solutions
Hands-On Tours
Hands-On Tours
Thought Provoking Discussions
Thought Provoking Discussions
Inspired Leaders Take Action
Inspired Leaders Take Action


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