Leading From Within Program News

By Giving List Staff   |   March 21, 2023
Leading for Community Impact participants, Cohort 5, 2023

Our fifth cohort of Leading for Community Impact (LCI) has launched. LCI is a 10-month program that assembles a select cohort from northern Santa Barbara County of seasoned social sector leaders and those stepping into new leadership roles. This program guides them through a rigorous, relevant and applied curriculum on leadership and management.

We are thrilled to have Danielle Quiñones-Ortega back co-facilitating this program with Christa Roth! We would also like to thank Allan Hancock College for their generous support hosting our leaders for their sessions.

LCI Cohort Five Program Participants:

Alejandra Enciso, Community Partners in Caring
Anisha Verdialez, SEE International
April Esparza, Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
Carolina Najera-Magana, Domestic Violence Solutions
Carson Link, Office of State Senator Monique Limón
Chelsea Jensen, Good Samaritan Shelter
Deshon Chavez, Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
Gregg Hitch, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
Holly Carmody, Angels Foster Care
James Earl Cray, True Vine Bible Fellowship
Jennifer Barretto, Community Solutions
Joanna Dominguez, People’s Self Help Housing
Joscelynn (Jojo) Murdock, Awakening Giantz
Kirsten Cahoon, Good Samaritan Shelter
Maryam Davodi-Far, Cancer Coping Center
Michael Specht, Santa Maria Valley YMCA
Molly Schiff, Santa Maria Valley Chamber
Monica Buenrostro, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
Paulina Llamas-Aranda, Planned Parenthood California Central Coast
Victor Vega, Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse


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Investing in leaders that serve the public good. We live in a region filled with dedicated leaders who give their whole selves towards improving our communities, but, sadly, who too often work in an environment of scarcity, isolation and competition. We need social sector leaders who are prepared, renewed, connected and collaborating, and who represent the broad diversity of our region. At Leading From Within, we foster a dynamic network of public-minded leaders who know each other, trust each other, and are better able to work together to improve our communities. This investment better ensures that leaders can address some of society’s more persistent challenges.

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