Initiative for Leadership Engagement and Development (iLEAD)

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The Initiative for Leadership Engagement and Development (iLEAD) is a professional community development initiative designed to stimulate greater civic participation locally and across the nation. iLEAD is a “call to action” in response to the need for increased voter turnout, better qualified candidates for elected office, greater resident civic participation and the community’s knowledge of how local government works.

iLEAD addresses the need for more community pride and engagement through a shared understanding that an Initiative for Leadership Engagement and Development is essential to building a strong community.
iLEAD programming has the following outcomes:

  1. Strong community engagement working side-by-side with local government branches;
  2. An understanding of the local electoral process;
  3. How to handle and manage the public scrutiny that comes with leadership roles;
  4. How sound policy decisions are made; and
  5. Training leaders on how to find the courage to lead and new leaders to find their voices.

iLEAD Introductory Series

This year, iLEAD will provide a series of introductory sessions to local nonprofit, academic and public sector leadership to introduce iLEAD and its objectives and to enlist their support to refer individuals to participate in one or more of the program’s learning opportunities. If you are a leader within the private, public and/or voluntary and would like to learn more about this series contact us at

ILEAD’s Three Program Components



Local Government Learning Opportunities

5th Grade through College/University — Hagar will introduce a free curriculum to local school and after school program leadership with the goal of making this self-study learning opportunity available to students interested in learning how city and county government works. Students ranging from 5th graders to college students will have access to a user-friendly downloadable online curriculum developed by Hagar’s collaborator, the California Institute for Local Government. If you are a teacher or school district official and would like to learn more about this curriculum… Contact Us!

Adults and Families — Hagar is planning a free 4-session series on local city and county government to adults and families from East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, East Belle Haven, Palo Alto and North Fair Oaks. Presentations will be provided by East Palo Alto and Menlo Park City staff/officials about their departments, the work they do and the resources available to residents. If you are a member of the East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, East Belle Haven, Palo Alto and North Fair Oaks communities and are interested in learning more about this series… Contact Us!

Civic Engagement, Personal and Professional Development

Candidate School — A free 4-week class offered to anyone thinking about seeking elected office and learning about the characteristics of strong leadership, decision making skills, ethics required of public officials, the Brown Act, and much more.

Leadership Internship Program — A free 8-week program will be offered to high school juniors/seniors and college/university students to be matched with experienced mentors from the public sector to help cultivate the qualities and pathways for successful leadership.

Emerging Leadership Program — A free 10-month advanced program, designed to empower, inspire and provide personal transformation for new leaders, will be offered to referrals who have demonstrated an attitude of service, professionalism, values and integrity.

Regional Leadership Forums

A free one-day forum is planned for leaders from the public, private and voluntary sectors including, but not limited to, nonprofit executives, elected and non-elected officials (e.g., commissioners, parks and recreation officials), corporate executives, and enrollees in ILEAD’s emerging leadership program. The forum will serve as a think tank for participants to discuss and identify areas requiring community attention and the collaborators needed to address them. Panel discussions and mini-workshops led by industry experts will offer stimulating dialogue on challenging topics that require community action for change.

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