• Leadership Palo Alto

  • 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 of the Palo Alto community
    • meaningful connections to your cohort of LPA Fellows and an extensive network of hundreds of LPA alumni, presenters and community leaders


    Leadership Palo Alto accelerates local leaders through a 10-full day immersion program over an academic year. Leadership Palo Alto Fellows gain an in-depth understanding of the full spectrum of Palo Alto life, including our local economic, social and government challenges, opportunities and trends while considering Palo Alto’s global influence.

    Program Fellows gain 21st century leadership skills and emerge ready to take their leadership and impact to the next level as effective change agents. LPA Fellows join a powerful network of inspired and committed leaders in their fields. Whether in their work lives, or as engaged members of councils, boards, campaigns and other community leadership platforms, Leadership Palo Alto Fellows are poised to have an impact far beyond our community.


    Dawn Billman Executive Director of Leadership Palo Alto Program, Dawn Billman. Dawn has significant management experience in both the for-profit and non-profit world. Following a successful international career, she brought her talents to the non-profit world. As a twenty year plus Palo Alto resident, she has been an extraordinarily active volunteer. We are very fortunate to have someone with her talents taking over the reign of our premier education program, Leadership Palo Alto.



    The application form to apply for Leadership Palo Alto for 2017-2018 is available HERE.


    Click here to view the current Fellows and their bios.

    2017-2018 Program Content to include:

    • Local Government
    • Stanford
    • Education
    • Arts
    • Environment & Sustainability
    • Economy & Business
    • Transportation
    • Housing
    • Nonprofit
    • Health Care & Wellness
    • Public Safety
    • Media
    • and more

    21st Century Leadership Skills Development, including:

    • Core Leadership Values & Self Assessment
    • Team Building & Collaboration
    • Design Thinking
    • Working with the Media/Using Social Media
    • Creativity & Innovation
    • Strategic Communications & Presentation Skills
    • Improvisation
    • Followership
    • Fundraising
    • and more
  • Leadership Palo Alto Fellows Class of 2016

  • 2017 LPA Fellows
  • LPA fellows visit the Palo Alto Art Center.

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  • LPA Fellows visit the Baylands.

  • Leadership Palo Alto Fellows Class of 2015

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  • Leadership Palo Alto Fellows Class of 2014

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  • Leadership Palo Alto Fellows Class of 2013

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  • 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

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  • Leadership Palo Alto Fellows - Class of 2012

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