• San Rafael Leadership Institute

  • Class of 2020

    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.  Due to Covid-19 and gathering restrictions, this year’s Institute will present the October, November and December sessions via video conferencing and will consider holding in-person sessions when appropriate and allowed, by Marin County Health Officials.  When meeting in person, each session is held at a different and significant location in and around Marin.

    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. 

    This year’s class will be focused on innovative and adaptive leadership during COVID-19.

    Meeting Dates:

    October 2020 – June 2021

    9 am – 2 pm (ORIENTATION 3pm-5pm) All sessions will be via video conference, with the intent to move to in-person sessions in early 2021, using safe and appropriate guidelines by Marin County Health officials. 

    ORIENTATION October 1ST  3PM-5PM

    Session 5 February 11

    Session 1 October 15

    Session 6 March 11

    Session 2 November 12

    Session 7 April 15

    Session 3 December 10

    Session 8 May 13

    Session 4 January 21

    Session 9 June 3

    For more information, please contact  Leslie Piper (or call 415-454-4163 x103).


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


  • Quick Links:

    We're accepting applications for the Class of 2021! Click here for more information 

    Applications must be submitted by 5pm on September 15, 2020

    Orientation October 1st  3pm-5pm

    Leadership Coaching session: October 15th  9am-2pm

    Check out the class of 2019 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) 



  • We're accepting applications for the Class of 2021