• San Rafael Leadership Institute

  • Class of 2020
  • The San Rafael Leadership Institute is working on the upcoming class of 2021 program, which we hope can be in-person with appropriate social distancing, in accordance with the Marin County Public Health guidelines, or in combination with a hybrid option utilizing Zoom. The Class of 2020 successfully conducted its final sessions via Zoom and contingency plans are underway to adapt each training similarly for 2021 if needed. Please check back for more information.  

    The San Rafael Leadership Institute (SRLI) is Marin County's premier leadership development program for professionals seeking to make a difference in their community, expand their network, and understand Marin from the ground up. SRLI has been offering a singular opportunity to develop leadership and team-building skills while learning about current issues that impact Marin County for nearly 30 years. The program brings together many of Marin's policy makers and provides participants the chance to build relationships with key stakeholders in the county.

    The Institute is geared to assist current and future leaders in mastering collaboration and collective problem-solving.  These skill sets develop a sense of personal leadership, organizational leadership and finally, community leadership.  The program is facilitated by Cecilia Zamora, Chair of the San Rafael Leadership Institute.  

    The Institute meets once a month from October through June. Each full-day, monthly session is held at a different location in and around Marin, exposing participants to local business, nonprofits serving the community, community centers and government facilities. 

    Each year's class conceives of and carries out a Class Project, an integral component of the SRLI experience. The skills achieved in this group setting, which include leadership vision, facilitated debate and decision-making, are geared to assist future leaders in mastering collaboration and collective problem-solving. Previous projects have included a homelessness awareness campaign and street clean-up, fundraising for San Rafael first responders, and developing a commuter toolkit for businesses. 

    If you have any questions about the Leadership Institute, please email Leslie Piper (or call 415-454-4163 x103).


  • Thank You to Our 2019-2020 Leadership Institute Partners:


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    Stay tuned for the unveiling of this years (2020) class project. 

    Check out last year's San Rafael Leadership Institute class project, emPOWER Utility Box Art Project 


  • Testimonials from San Rafael Leadership Institute Graduates

    I dove right into the program within the first two weeks of joining Bank of Marin, not quite knowing what to expect. The San Rafael Leadership Institute was not only the perfect way for me to learn about what makes the City of San Rafael tick, but also gave me the opportunity to meet some outstanding leaders in my community." 

    Andrea Henderson, Director of Marketing, Bank of Marin (2019 Graduate)   


    "The San Rafael Leadership Institute was a positive and deeply rewarding experience. It not only allowed me to build and strengthen my leadership skills and learn from numerous leaders throughout Marin County, but, most importantly, it provided opportunities to develop and grow meaningful relationships with other leaders in government, business, and organizations who I know I will continue to connect with both professionally and personally in the future." 

    Noelle Jue, Director of Gift Planning, Marin General Hospital Foundation (2019 Graduate)