Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we did not hold a leadership program for what would have been the Class of 2021 (September 2020 to May 2021).

    LPA CLASS OF 2022 (September 2021 to May 2022)


    The decision to reopen will be made in April 2021 when more is known about ongoing pandemic advisories and limitations on group gatherings.

    However, we encourage you to send us your contact details (name, business or organization and title, and email address to LPA@paloaltochamber.com so we can inform you when applications will be accepted. LPA is open to all those living, working or volunteering in Palo Alto or with a Chamber member. Chamber membership not required for acceptance to the program.
    Thank you!

    Leadership Palo Alto is a program of the Palo Alto Chamber Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit (EIN #83-2246125).‚Äč

  • Leadership Palo Alto Fellows graduate ready to re-imagine and reshape our community with:

    • 21st century leadership skills - for real world challenges
    • a comprehensive understanding of the inner workings and challenges of Palo Alto's various community sectors, and how these reflect Silicon Valley and global issues
    • meaningful connections to your cohort of LPA Fellows and an extensive network of hundreds of LPA Senior Fellows, presenters and community leaders


    Leadership Palo Alto accelerates local leaders from all sectors and backgrounds through a 9 full-day immersion program over an academic year (one day/month). LPA Fellows gain an in-depth understanding of the full spectrum of Palo Alto life, including our local and regional economic, social and government challenges, opportunities and trends, while considering Palo Alto’s global influence and relating local challenges to those beyond our community. The program brings world-class experts for each of the program day focus areas to inform and work interactively with the Fellows and expand their knowledge of the topics beyond Palo Alto to the national and global stages. 

    Fellows leave each program day with sharpened skills, deeper insights and new connections that might not otherwise be available to them. At the end of the program year, they emerge ready to take their leadership to the next level as effective change agents in this increasingly connected world. Whether in their work lives, or as engaged members of government councils, boards, social impact campaigns and other community leadership platforms, Leadership Palo Alto Fellows are poised to have an impact locally and beyond our community.  They join a powerful network of hundreds of Senior Fellows who are inspired and committed leaders in their professional fields and areas of personal passion. 

    LPA is a great way to super charge your skills and create a new, cross-sector network of neighborhood, civic and business friends!

    Typical Program Content Areas includes:

    • Government
    • Stanford
    • Education
    • Arts & Culture
    • Environment & Sustainability
    • Economy & Business Innovation
    • Transportation
    • Housing
    • Nonprofits & Social Impact
    • Health & Wellness
    • Public Safety
    • Media & Communications
    • and more

    21st Century Leadership Skills Development, including:

    • Core Leadership Values & Self Assessment
    • Team Building & Collaboration
    • Design Thinking
    • Data Analytics
    • Working with the Media/Using Social Media
    • Creativity & Innovation
    • Strategic Communications & Presentation Skills
    • Improvisation & Story-telling
    • "Followership"
    • Fundraising and "Make a Pitch"
    • and more
  •                                       Leadership Palo Alto Fellows - Class of 2020

                   Environment & Sustainability Program Day - Baylands Adventure

  • Leadership Palo Alto Fellows - Class of 2019


    Leadership Palo Alto Fellows - Class of 2018

  • Leadership Palo Alto Fellows - Class of 2018
  • Leadership Palo Alto Fellows - Class of 2017

  • 2017 LPA Fellows
  • LPA Art Day 2016

  • LPA 2016 Fellows visit the Baylands.

  • LPA Baylands
  • Leadership Palo Alto Fellows Class of 2015

  • LPA Class of 2020_Environment & Sustainability Day_Baylands Adventure Oct. 2019
  • LPA Class of 2015
  • LPA, Class of 2015 in front of horse art statue
  • Leadership Palo Alto Fellows Class of 2014

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  • Leadership Palo Alto Fellows Class of 2013

  • Fellows, Class of 2013
  • Nicole Aron, Adam Baughman, Jules Brouillet, Elise DeMarzo, Archana Dubey, Ruthann Garcia, Jon Goldman, Stacey Kertsman, Frannie Kieschnick, Abbie Knopper, Bob McGrath, Hema Mohan, Julie Morrison, Elizabeth Peeke, Zach Perron, Jeffery Phillips, Matt Podoll, Laura Reeve, Aarika Riddle, Becky Sanders, Peter Skinner, Siejen Yin-Stevenson

  • Leadership Palo Alto Fellows - Class of 2012

  • Fellows, Class of 2012
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  • New Law for Employers New Law for Employers


    The full text of the FFCRA can be found here.

    The FFCRA is a new federal law that requires employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide two new paid leave benefits for eligible employees affected by the COVID-19 virus in 2020. This applies only to those employees (not already laid off) who are home sick. The leave requirements generally provide paid sick time or paid leave under certain circumstances (as described more fully in the notice poster, link #4, below). The FFCRA also provides tax credits that may help employers provide the paid leave benefits.

    The FFCRA helps the U.S. combat workplace effects of COVID-19 by reimbursing American private employers that have fewer than 500 employees with tax credits for the cost of providing employees with paid leave, taken for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The law enables employers to keep workers (who are home sick with COVID-19 related illness and therefore unable to work, even remotely) on their payrolls, while at the same time ensuring that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus. The Departmnt's Wage and Hour Division administers the paid leave portions of the FFCRA.

    If an employer has fewer than 50 employees and providing the paid leave benefits would jeopardize the viability of the business as a going concern, the small business exemption may apply. Employers who believe they qualify for the exemption should document why the business meets the exemption criteria unless and until the Department of Labor issues additional guidance on claiming the exemption.

    Effective April 1, 2020, employers are required to properly notify their employees of the new FFCRA leave benefits and implement the requirements.

    Below are links to important resources that contain compliant employee notices, guidance, and recommendations for employers subject to the FFCRA.

    1. Department of Labor: COVID-19 and the American Workplace
    2. Fact Sheet: FFCRA – Employee Paid Leave Rights (in English)
    3. Fact Sheet: FFCRA – Employer Paid Leave Requirements (in English)
    4. Compliant FFCRA notice poster for private-sector employees (in English)
    5. Department of Labor FAQ for the FFCRA employee notice poster

    courtesy of Montgomery & Hansen, LLP

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