Celebrating 20th Anniversary Class of Katherine Harvey Fellows

The Katherine Harvey Fellows program marked its 20th anniversary in a joint celebration held recently that also honored the 2019-20 […more…]

The Power of Leading from Within

Our country’s nonprofit sector is notorious for high burnout and voluntary turnover rates that exceed the average of most industries. […more…]

Looking to Create “Positive Change”

In its short 13-year history, Leading From Within — which was founded in 2008 as the Courage to Lead program […more…]

Infinite Impact in Celebrating Santa Barbara County Emerging Leaders 2020-21 Cohort

The eighth cohort of Leading From Within’s Emerging Leaders program celebrated the culmination of their nearly year-long leadership development training […more…]

Leading From Within Alumni Find Commonality During COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic caused massive shifts in the educational landscape, acutely affecting students, parents, teachers and administrators. Spearheading efforts for […more…]

Women In Leadership: A Discussion Hosted By Leading From Within And Touchstone Central Coast

In honor of Women’s History Month, local nonprofit, Leading From Within, joined with Touchstone Central Coast to host a virtual […more…]

Four Local Leaders Join Leading From Within Board

Four new members – Katya Armistead, Ashley Costa, Alma Hernández, and Kiah Jordan – have joined the Board of Directors of Leading […more…]

Empowered Leaders

Nonprofit leaders make it their personal mission to serve others, and in doing so, too often lose sight of themselves. […more…]

Leading From Within

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Executive Director: Ed France


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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Compare leadership in nonprofits before Leading From Within, and today. You’ll see that posturing and rivalries have largely been replaced with genuine mutual support, care, and engagement. I’ve witnessed this first-hand over my time in this community, and experienced the value as well as a Courage to Lead participant. Leading From Within lays the groundwork for needed collaboration and innovation between organizations. Investing with LFW is a meaningful way to support the leaders from many of the great organizations listed here in The Giving List.
Ernesto Paredes
Easy Lift Executive Director

Invest in People Who Drive and Create Change

Leading From Within brings social sector leaders together to grow as individuals and improve their effectiveness as leaders, sustain each other as peers to keep leading and learning, and increase their capacity to be collaborators for the common good. Your support means investment in people who drive and create change. Together, we are creating transformational self-development opportunities and powerful networks that provide leaders with the skills, mindsets, and connections to make meaningful change in our community.

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Jeff Bochsler
Sumit Singh
Kristin Boehm
Carrie & Mike Randolph
Montecito Bank & Trust
Ginger Salazar & Brett Matthews
Judy & Charlie Markline
Monique Limón & Michael Medel
Katya Armistead
Carrie Towbes & John Lewis
Mary Becker
Nancy Swanson
Schwartz Family Foundation
Mosher Foundation
Ken & Jo Saxon
Jim & Mary Morouse
Santa Barbara Foundation
Angell Foundation
Monroe Foundation
Alixe and Mark Mattingly