Art & Culture

Emerging Leaders in Nonprofit Sector Welcome

LEAD is a professional development institute designed for talented nonprofit managers, supervisors, or new executive directors seeking to take their emerging leadership skills to the next level.

The Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) program prepares emerging leaders with skills to become successful nonprofit managers serving diverse communities in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties — developing them for organization-wide leadership roles. The program is targeted toward emerging leaders in the nonprofit world who want to expand on personal and professional leadership growth. LEAD participants gain practical tools, knowledge, and confidence to work with executive directors and impact the organization in a much larger scale.

With an integrated approach of cultural competency and collaboration, LEAD focuses on program management and evaluation, strategic planning, fund development, human resources management, public communications, and much more.

As an emerging leader, personal and professional growth in an organization or community allows for better judgment and decision-making abilities, moves toward transformational leadership, and improves communications and self-awareness.

This year, our Digital Media Specialist, Raul Ceja, is part of the 2016 LEAD cohort. As he reaches the midway point of LEAD, he shared the following: “LEAD has allowed me to reach a new level of understanding in leadership theory and practicality. We continue to dive into our own personal leadership style. We’ve definitely developed a strong network and personal bond with one another. With such a diverse group from all over the Central Coast, we look forward to improving the communities we live in, together.”

If you would like to learn more about this program, the LEAD Institute will be having an information session on Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Community Foundation. Come meet  Ceja, LEAD Alumni Esther Curtice from CASA of San Benito County, and program instructors to find out more about the program.

Plus, there will be free coffee!

Please RSVP for the LEAD Institute Information Session in Hollister by Monday, Aug. 29.

Deadline to apply for LEAD is Oct. 14.

Current LEAD Participants:

Consuelo Alba-Speyer, Watsonville Film Festival
John Bokanovich, Sun Street Centers
Joyce Breckenridge, Lyceum
Raul Ceja, Community Foundation for San Benito County
Michelle De Anda, Salud Para La Gente
Berniz House, Arts Council for Monterey County
Diana Kapsner, Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
Idalia Matthews, Interim, Inc.
Daniela Mejia, Access Support Network
Jennifer Radakovich, Tandy Beal & Company
Jaime Ramirez, Sun Street Centers
Polly Sirles, Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services
Mark Vasquez, Community Connection / Volunteer Center
Norma Villaron, Pajaro Valley Arts Council

Raul Ceja

A storyteller and San Benito County native with expertise in online communications and branding, Raul excels in community engagement. With a BS from UC Riverside in Business Admin & Marketing, he studied Global Emerging Markets at Fudan University in Shanghai, China.