Leadership Council San Mateo County Celebrates Its Inaugural Leadership CORPS Class

Burlingame, CA—On Saturday, June 4, 2022, LEADERSHIP COUNCIL SAN MATEO COUNTY graduated the Leadership CORPS Class of 2022.

This group of 38 accomplished individuals successfully completed the rigorous, 10-month experiential program designed to inspire, connect, and educate established leaders to positively transform San Mateo County. They represented all sectors—business, nonprofits, and government entities from across the county, and most importantly, the class demographics represented the diversity of the people who live and work in San Mateo County.

“When we started Leadership Council SMC with our Board of Directors and Advisory Council, our goal was to build upon our county’s already collaborative culture while also working to bring voices to the table who were not being heard,” said Kaarin Hardy, Leadership Council SMC Co-President to the graduates. “You were all doing great things before attending this program and we have watched you extend your reach with your new classmates, allies, colleagues, and now, friends. You are proof of what can happen when great leaders are connected.” Meet the members of the Leadership CORPS Class of 2022.

At the end of the ceremony, Kaarin and her Co-President Margi Power were awestruck by the outpouring of gratitude from the Class of 2022 that came in the form of a donation check to Leadership Council SMC.

“We are profoundly grateful to Kaarin and Margi for this outstanding program, magnificent content, and spectacular array of thought leaders, innovators, elected officials, etc, that they have introduced us to,” said Susan Kokores, Commissioner at the SMC Commission on the Status of Women and member of the Leadership CORPS Class of 2022. “In honor of Margi and Kaarin, our class has created a fund named ‘Class of 2022 Grateful Alumni Sponsorship,’ and we are pleased to share that this fund has had 100% participation by the members of the class. Our vision is that this fund will be the first of many to come.

After several moments of stunned silence, Kaarin expressed appreciation for the wonderful surprise. “Thank you for this overwhelming gift and for being the foundation of Leadership Council SMC,” she said. “You are forever part of the Leadership Council SMC community, part of our origin story and our future.”

The final CORPS program day and graduation ceremony were held in Cardinal Hall on the Redwood City Campus of Stanford University. Margi and Kaarin expressed their thanks to Stanford’s Office of Government Affairs for their generous underwriting and support.


Next year’s Leadership Council SMC immersion programs will include the Leadership CORPS Class of 2023 and the new Emerging Leaders Program, a second countywide and cross-sector program designed for aspiring leaders who are engaged, involved, and ready to expand their positive impact in both their careers and their communities. The Emerging Leaders Program is unique in its design and objectives, and is the first of its kind in the Bay Area. The roster of participants for both classes will be announced in September 2022.

Learn more at www.leadershipcouncilsmc.org.

Congratulations to the Leadership CORPS Class of 2022:

Evan Adams
Commissioner, Foster City Planning Commission

Kristen Armbruster
Human Resources Manager, Town of Hillsborough

Anthony Au-Yeung
Financial Controller, Cypress Lawn Cemetery Association

Jeanne Back
Board Member, San Mateo Public Library Foundation

Aisha Baro
Executive Director, Life Science Cares

Pat Calihan
Senior Vice President, Investments, Prometheus Real Estate Group

Sophie Cole, MD
Councilmember, Town of Hillsborough

Eric DeBode
Executive Director, Abundant Grace Coastside Worker

Stephen Dover
Chief Market Strategist, Head of Franklin Templeton Investment Institute, Franklin Templeton

Christina Fernandez
Assistant to the City Manager / CSO, City of South San Francisco

Eddie Flores
Councilmember, City of South San Francisco

Ken Giacotto
Deputy Fire Chief, Central County Fire Department

Alexandra Gillen
Board Member, San Mateo Public Library Foundation

Greg Gonzalez
Operation Manager, Ability Path

Alicia Heneghan
Leadership Coach, UC Berkeley

Karin Huber-Levy
Commissioner, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission of County of San Mateo

Dana Johnson
Co-Chair, County of San Mateo LGBTQ Commission
Co-Chair, County of San Mateo PRIDE Initiative

Susan Kokores
Commissioner, SMC Commission on the Status of Women

Suzanne Lee
Senior Manager, Corporate Relations, Genentech, Inc.

Daisy Li
CEO & Founder, Moonstar Charitable Organization

Antonio López
Councilmember, City of East Palo Alto

Ben McMullan
Systems Change Advocate, Center For Independence of Individuals with Disabilities

James Moore
City Librarian, City of San Mateo

Robert Nisbet
City Manager, City of Half Moon Bay

Christine Padilla
Director, Build UP for San Mateo County’s Children

Lisa Perry
Community Leader, City of Redwood City

Anita Rees
Executive Director, Pacifica Resource Center

Tim Russell
Program Director, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

Kalimah Salahuddin
Co-Founder / Trustee, REACH Coalition / Jefferson Union High School District

Tish Scola
Director of Admissions and Enrollment, Episcopal Day School of St. Matthew’s

Malcolm Scovil
CEO & Founder, TLDR, Inc.

Ross Sit
Board Member, Moonstar Charitable Organization

Patrick Sullivan
Broker/Owner, Liberty Realty Investments

Christine Thorsteinson
Director, Early Childhood Education, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Tiffany Ung
Family Services Unit Manager, Cypress Lawn Cemetery Association

Bryan Vander Lugt
Senior Scientist, Amgen, Inc.

Yvonne Webb
Board Member, San Mateo County Health Foundation

Kate Wilson
Senior Director, Public Affairs, Gilead Sciences

Congratulations to the Leadership CORPS Class of 2022, A Year in Review​

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