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Eight-month program designed to inspire, prepare, and connect leaders to drive change


LOS ANGELES, Calif. — This month the Southern California Leadership Network (SCLN) graduated its 45th class of Leadership Los Angeles, adding 39 LA County community leaders to its extensive alumni network – an ever-growing collective encompassing advocacy and civic-minded professionals from business, nonprofit, and government sectors.  

With a focus on addressing “wicked problems” in Los Angeles such as homelessness, environmental racism, community safety, and health equity, the eight-month community education course included intensive presentations and discussions with civic, corporate, and nonprofit leaders involving such interrelated topics as: Sustainability, Economic Development, Power Hubs, Policing, Transit, Goods Movement, and Education.

“We’re fortunate to bring together nationally renowned presenters, thought-leaders, and deeply informed contributors that help spotlight some valiant efforts to solve wicked problems in Los Angeles County and beyond,” said SCLN Program Director Kauleen Menard. “This class has weaved diverse perspectives into tightly-knit relationships that I know will help drive change.”

Class of 2022 “LLA” graduates represent a broad range of professional and personal experiences, perspectives, and specialities, not limited to healthcare, energy, arts, news, community organizing, government affairs, human rights, youth development, economic development, environmental science, engineering, beautification, communications, international relations, business analysis, strategic planning, policy, packaging, tech, data science, transit, decarbonization, hydrology, public health, homelessness, history, cultural memory, collective impact, meditation, nature, much more:  

Mario CeballosKaiser Permanente

Josh BergerSparkReach Innovative Leadership

Patty RossGolden State Marketing

Joy WilliamsJunior League of Los Angeles 

Jay YoonLA Metro

Fiammetta PiazzaPolsinelli

Omar Carrillo Tinajero Center for Community Investment

Alicia MontgomeryCenter for Powerful Public Schools

Grant AguinaldoEnvera Consulting

Rebecca StummeSouthern California Public Radio

Kristin FriedrichLA County Dept of Arts and Culture

Carol PeraltaWildwoods

Eileen Ryder Parsons

Julio Cruz Para Los Ninos

Hilary Ku’uleinani BrownEKA

Lindsay ThomasJVS SoCal

Jimmy GandhiCalifornia State University, Northridge

Pamela GorgeiDeloitte

Jesse LandisLandis Message & Media

Jacob JaureguiCollaborate, Inc.

Roseny Carrero MoralesArtist/Actress 

Marilyn HeadleyMeadows Mental Health Policy Institute

Talitha TylerCity of Hope

Kristen AsterThe People Concern 

Cindy LeeLos Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Thomas QuillSoCalGas

Sharon Szmolyan SteinSolve It

Jenn BaughmanSouthern California Public Radio

Sammy AhmedSoCalGas

Irma Rossana PerezChildren’s Institute

Sayon SyprasoeuthUnited Cambodian Community

Nadia BessSoCalGas

Battina CooperLA Metro

Katherine La SpadaBlue Shield of California

Priscilla HamiltonSoCalGas

Kristin MillerChildren’s Institute

Doug GerrySouthern California Public Radio

Joanna CalabreseMusic Center Foundation

Anna Marie CruzInitiative for a Competitive Inner City

Some graduation photos available here (more available upon request):  

About SCLN

The Southern California Leadership Network envisions a more dynamic and prosperous region and state led by informed, collaborative, inspired, diverse and capable leaders serving all communities. Since 1987, the Southern California Leadership Network has equipped over 3,500 civic-minded individuals with regional knowledge and skills to create and lead informed solutions addressing quality-of-life issues across Los Angeles, Southern California, and the state.

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