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San Rafael Leadership Institute 

The SR Chamber Leadership Institute offers exceptional leadership development. This is THE premier opportunity to learn about what makes Marin tick alongside business and civic leaders. The Leadership Institute enables participants to fully understand community issues and trends that affect the future of our county. 

Graduates of the San Rafael Leadership Institute are empowered with the skills to develop their own leadership vision. Graduates have gone on to take leadership roles at the local, regional, state, and national levels.

The 2013 Leadership Institute Class addressed the issue of employee commutes and put together a toolkit for Marin employers. The toolkit includes localized information about commute options, resources, and easy programs employers can provide their employees to reduce transportation costs and greenhouse gases as well as increase productivity and morale.

Check out the Commuter Toolkit
Watch the Class Produced Transportation Video


Download the 2014-2015 Leadership Institute informational brochure.

Check out the 2014-2015 Leadership Calendar!
Please contact Laurie Vermont at leadershipSRCC@gmail.com if you have any questions.


Mock City Council Meeting, November 2012
San Rafael Leadership Institute November 2012 Mock City Council MeetingThe San Rafael Leadership Institute sponsored by the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce offers a singular opportunity to learn about current issues in local government, transportation, education, law enforcement, community diversity, the arts, the media, the economy, environment, agriculture, health and human services. Students do this while developing leadership and team-building skills.

The Institute meets once a month from October through June. Each monthly session is held at a different location in and around San Rafael and Marin, exposing participants to local businesses, community centers and government facilities. Each month offers a program designed with Leadership Institute graduates, and addresses current events and issues. Participants are actively engaged throughout the program, as they respond and debate with local leaders about cutting edge topics for San Rafael and Marin County.


“The dedicated people who graduate from the Chamber Leadership Program are making a commitment to our community by participating, engaging and learning how to be good leaders in our county. A real leader has the vision, commitment and passion to accomplish important goals. John Quincy Adams once said, ‘If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.’” FORMER MAYOR ALBERT J. BORO, CITY OF SAN RAFAEL

20145-2015 Leadership Institute Day Sponsors

The Tim Brown Scholarship, created by the San Rafael Leadership Institute Class of 2011-2012. This scholarship was founded in memory of Tim Brown, a dedicated Ambassador, former Board member and Leadership Institute graduate. Donations to the Tim Brown fund can be made by calling the Chamber at 415-454-4163. Chamber members also have the option to defer referral bonuses to the Tim Brown fund. Please click here to learn more.

December and January Programs

December Leadership Institute session is sponsored by PRANDI Property Management and hosted by the Sausalito Bay Model. Speakers will focus on the Marin and Bay Area Economy, Housing and Transportation and the participants will be treated to a tour of the Bay model.

The January session is graciously hosted by San Pedro Elementary School and Pickleweed Community Center. The speakers focus on Educational issues in San Rafael and Marin. The class will  be hearing from a panel of Canal neighborhood residents and organizations discussing issues specific to their community.

The highlight of the day is always sharing lunch with the elementary school children. The San Pedro Student Council, who tour with the Leadership Institute class, are presented with certificates acknowleding their dedication and commitment to their school and for taking on a leadership role so early in their lives.

Anspach Financial Group is the sponsor of the January session.

We gratefully appreciate the support of all our sponsors.

2013-'14 Class Graduation with Mayor Gary Phillips and CEO Joanne Webster2013-'14 Class Graduation with Mayor Gary Phillips and CEO Joanne Webster 

Environment & Agriculture Day, with Marin Sanitary Service 
Environment & Argicultural Day, with MSS

Media Diversity & Arts Day with Dana King
Meida Day with Dana King
(all photos courtesy of Henley Photography)