• San Rafael Leadership Institute


    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 over 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.  

    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. 


    Applicants for this year’s class cohort will need to be fully vaccinated to participate.

    We are researching outdoor venues for all 2021 sessions, with the intent to move indoors with proper social distancing for sessions in 2022.  We feel strongly meeting in person will keep interest and camaraderie among the cohort.  We follow all health and safety guidelines issued by Marin County Public Health.  All sessions will be held in person, with proper social distancing.


    Applications and full payment are due to the San Rafael Chamber by Wednesday September 17, 2021.

    Class of 2021-22 Meeting Dates & Application

    For more information, please contact Carolyn Bopp (or call 415-454-4163).

  • Thank You to Our 2021-2022 Leadership Institute Partners:


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  • Quick Links:

    Check out the class of 2021 class project, Add A Meal.  

    Congratulations Class of 2021!


  • 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)