Connecting, Inspiring,
and Educating Leaders

Through immersive training programs, educational events, and powerful professional relationships.

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Our Programs

Leadership Immersion Programs

Nine-month intensive and experiential civics and leadership development programs for individuals from business, government, and nonprofits that will accelerate their organizational and community impact.

The Class of 2023 CORPS participants clap for their classmate's presentation.

Leadership CORPS

For Established Senior-Level Leaders

Designed for senior-level leaders, CORPS provides broad and deep knowledge of San Mateo County, personal training that expands their leadership capabilities, and peer-to-peer connection and networking.

Emerging Leaders in the Class of 2023, from left to right, Mandy Brown, Patty Koch, and Federico Pacheco.

Emerging Leaders

Designed for Rising Stars

Career-changing professional development for rising leaders, the Emerging Leaders Program is built on a framework of civic knowledge, transformational leadership skill development, and hands-on community engagement.

Our Strengths

Strong communities require leaders who are connected, knowledgeable, and targeted in their efforts to create positive change.


All three sectors — government, nonprofit, and business — must work together to find innovative solutions to problems.


The people of San Mateo County must see local leaders as a reflection of their communities, as representatives who understand their concerns and challenges.


A countywide approach to civic leadership development is the right solution for San Mateo County.

Leadership Council SMC Board members Nirmala Bandrapalli, President of the Commission on the Status of Women, and Jack Tang, President of The Pixelmakers, work on their paintings at a Board team-building event.
South San Francisco Councilmember and CORPS Class of 2022 Alumni Eddie Flores and Burlingame City Councilmember and Founding Leadership Council SMC Board Member Emily Beach are smiling as they visit a Learning Day.
Eight members of the Emerging Leaders Class of 2023 form a circle while they work together on a team-building exercise during Opening Retreat.
Six women from the CORPS and Emerging Leaders Class of 2023 pose for a photo at a restaurant.

Our Videos

Portrait of 22 Leadership Council SMC community including the Co-Presidents, many Founding Board members, and leadership consultant.

What People Say About Us

Leadership programs are a great experience. Leadership Council SMC is doing something special with their immersion programs — they are changing people’s lives. My employees come out of their programs energized. I’ve seen them double down on the work they are doing. I will keep sending people every year. I would send all my employees if I could.

Matthew Chidester

City Manager, City of Half Moon Bay

I met so many phenomenal people through Leadership CORPS from a wide variety of public, private, and nonprofit agencies across the County. Beyond an introduction, Leadership CORPS created an opportunity for me to establish relationships that have really expanded my network of community problem solvers. This has been a two-way street in which program alumni feel comfortable reaching out to me, and vice versa!

Sharon Ranals

City Manager, City of South San Francisco

Recent events have highlighted the urgency of strong, engaged, local communities, and Leadership Council San Mateo County is designed to foster just that, by weaving together emerging and established leaders from across all sectors.

Sarah Lucas

General Partner, Lucas Venture Group, Founding Board Member

The Leadership Council is comprised of individuals who take action now. The diversity of the group offers a well rounded, wide-spectrum vantage point which is important when engaging in civic and community matters.

Joseph Ibe

Business Owner, Founding Board Membe

Now more than ever we are in need of leaders who are deeply committed and uniquely qualified to work collaboratively to address the county's most challenging issues. Leadership Council SMC brings together talented professionals from a variety of fields to learn about key issues facing the county and how best to leverage their skills and talents for a brighter future for San Mateo.

Kate Korsh

Fundraising Professional, Founding Board Member