Marin County Leadership for Equity & Opportunity (LEO) Now Accepting Applications

Marin County Leadership for Equity & Opportunity (LEO) Now Accepting Applications

Rise Together is accepting applications for Marin County Leadership for Equity & Opportunity (LEO) Program, Cohort 2. Join over 150 Marin community leaders of all levels in creating the results you want to see for equitable and sustainable change. This program is tuition FREE for Marin County change makers through a generous grant from the Buck Family Fund of the Marin Community Foundation!

November 5-7  |  January 22-24  |   February 25-27

The program is designed and facilitated by Dr. Monica Sharma, former Director of Leadership & Capacity Development for the United Nations and award-winning author of Radical Transformational Leadership: Strategic Actions for Change Agents. LEO builds the capacity of leaders to create equitable and sustainable change using cutting edge transformative leadership and value based project design principles. It is appropriate for a diverse group of participants representing multiple sectors, levels of leadership and roles with the common goal of equity and results in Marin County communities.

The program will be offered in English and Spanish through simultaneous translation, and all materials will be available in English and Spanish.

For questions about the program, please contact Megan at

Seats are limited - Reserve your spot now!

Flyer in English

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Collective Impact Explanation Videos

Have you ever wondered how to explain Collective Impact to your friends, family or colleagues but felt like it was so complex that it would take all day? Here are a few short explainer videos to get you started.

Leadership for Equity & Opportunity - Marin

Leadership for Equity & Opportunity is a learning-in-action program that equips a diverse group of community leaders with the practices necessary to produce extraordinary results for systemic and equitable individual, organizational and community change. Learn more:

Making All of Marin Count in the 2020 Census

Making All of Marin Count in the 2020 Census

Please join us for an engaging panel discussion of what is at stake for Marin County, the unprecedented challenges facing the 2020 Census, and the importance of cross-sector collaboration to ensure a complete and accurate census count. As trusted messengers of our local communities, we have the opportunity to increase our political, economic and demographic power through participation in the upcoming census. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018


Guzman Hall, Dominican University

San Rafael, CA

Several factors have increased the risk of undercounting during the upcoming census:

For the first time, 55% of Census takers will be using an online questionnaireCitizenship question may be included (first time since 1950)Reduction of funding and resource allocation for Census Bureau activitiesEscalating fear around misuse of personal information and confidentiality

Communities of color, urban and rural low-income households, immigrants, and young children are all at risk of being missed by the census at disproportionately high rates. Being undercounted deprives already vulnerable communities of fair representation and vital community resources. If millions of people aren’t counted in the census, policymakers and private sector decision-makers will have a flawed blueprint when deciding how and where to invest limited resources that lift up the well-being of communities and families. If we sit this census out, our families and communities pay the price over the next decade.


I hope you can join us and please, help us promote this event with your network.  Please click HERE to register! 


Gracias, Omar Carrera, Executive Director Canal Alliance

Marin County Team Attends Educational Equity Forum in Sacramento

Marin County Team Attends Educational Equity Forum in Sacramento

The Marin County Team in attendance at the Education Equity Forum sponsored by Ed Trust West in Sacramento, California on July 12 - 13, 2018. Attendees included Mike Watenpaugh, Superintendent and Mayra Perez Assistant Superintendent of San Rafael City Schools, Traci Lanier, President of 10,000 Degrees and Juliet Schiller, Ed.D., Director of Collaborative Action for Marin Promise Partnership.

Partners Recognized at Visionary Marin Awards

13th Annual Visionary Marin Awards , A Benefit for the Marin Interfaith Council


Bettie Hodges from The Hannah Project + The Freedom School 
Kim Mazzuca from 10,000 Degrees were honored on Sunday, November 11th at the Congregation Rodef Sholom
for their outstanding community work in educational equity.

Marin IJ Features Launch of Marin Promise Partnership

May 8, 2017

College financial aid workshops were brought to Novato and San Rafael high school students by a push from a little-known partnership of Marin community leaders.

That group recently identified five initiatives to help reach its mission of achieving educational equity in Marin by 2028.

Marin Promise Partnership, a nonprofit of education and nonprofit leaders, this month released the propositions it hopes to put in motion to create an equal educational playing field.

“I think the good news is even though we’ve had a persistent education gap for decades, about four years ago the group (came) together with the intention of making sure all schools work for all kids,” said Ann Mathieson, executive director of Marin Promise, which formed four years ago

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