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Leadership Santa Cruz County has begun it's search for a new Executive Director. Teresa Thomae, who guided Class 35 until the pandemic interrupted the program, is moving on to other adventures. She did a great job organizing and conducting Class 35 and while we will miss her guidance, will stay connected. 


Prospective applicants can find the job description and application information here or by clicking on the image to the left. Read the press release here.


In the meantime, former Executive Director, Dave Vincent, has agreed to take on the Interim ED role. Dave has 10 years experience with the program and is looking forward to assisting with the transition.

June 18, 2019

We are proud and overly excited to announce the new executive director of Leadership Santa Cruz County - Teresa Thomae. A member of LSCC’s Class 10, Teresa was the Director of the Santa Cruz Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for 28 years.

“LSCC helped introduce me to the Santa Cruz County community 25 years ago – since then, I’ve been involved both as a program speaker and as a board member,” said Thomae. I am honored to now have the opportunity to lead this organization into its next chapter.”


Please help us and the entire Santa Cruz County in a warm welcome for our incoming executive director!

June 14, 2018

Class 33 is celebrating their graduation! Join us with a delicious buffet dinner, networking, and learning more about the achievements of our remarkable Class 32 at Seascape Golf Club, sponsored by PG&E. 
5:30 - 6:30 pm Social Hour with Appetizers

6:30 - 7:30 pm Buffet Dinner
7:15 - 8:15 pm Graduation Program

Event will sell out, so please RSVP early. Tickets at Eventbrite

Calling all LSCC students, alumni, and any interested individuals! Join us on the ice or for an evening of fun at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on Thursday, December 7. Our winter mixer will be held from 5pm-7pm, rain or shine. Drinks and light snacks will be offered. Families welcome!

Cost includes skate rental, $10 My Boardwalk card. Beer and wine are available for purchase in Neptune’s Kingdom. 

We look forward to seeing you at the rink! Register here

June 15, 2017

Class 32 is celebrating their graduation! Join us with a delicious buffet dinner, networking, and learning more about the achievements of our remarkable Class 32 at Seascape Golf Club, sponsored by PG&E. Our Keynote speaker will be Scott Kriens, co-founder of the 1440 Multiversity Center. 
5:30 - 6:30 pm Social Hour with Appetizers

6:30 - 7:30 pm Buffet Dinner
7:15 - 8:15 pm Graduation Program

Event will sell out, so please RSVP early. Tickets at Eventbrite

June 15, 2017

Join us for Leadership Santa Cruz County's Class 32 Graduation Celebration at Seascape Golf Club in Aptos on June 15, 2017. Mark your caledendars for this wonderful evening as we recount the successes of the year, honor these dedicated future leaders with proclamations, enjoy delicious food & beverages, a win great raffle prizes. 


Online ticket purchase opportunity will be available soon. 

April 11, 2017

Join us for an educational and fun networking event! Learn about the impact of state and local regulatory programs, plus gain insight on the medical and recreational cannabis industry in our county. We'll hear from Daniel Peterson, Cannabis Licensing Manager for the County of Santa Cruz and Christopher Carr, host of The Cannabis Connection on KSCO 1080 AM. This will be a special evening out at the new location of KindPeoples Collective, Santa Cruz County’s largest cannabis dispensary. Purchase tickets here



June 16, 2016

Join us at our Graduation Celebration Thursday, June 16 at Seascape Golf Club. We'll honor the achievements of our incredible Class 31!


5:30 - 6:30 pm Social Hour with Appetizers: Bruschetta and Grilled Chicken Quesadillas

6:30 - 7:30 pm Buffet Dinner
Grilled Chicken
Tri Tip
Green Salad
Pasta Salad
Dinner Rolls & Butter


7:15 - 8:15 pm Graduation Program


Keynote speaker is Jim Weyermann, former Vice President of New Franchise Development and President of the Santa Cruz Warriors.


Photography by Kane Photography.


Ticket price: $40 individual, $380 for a table of 10. Purchase here.


Event will sell out, so please RSVP early.

More information:

April 14, 2016

Leadership Santa Cruz County's Spring Networking Mixer on April 14 at the exclusive Santa Cruz Yacht Club was a wonderful success! Attendees learned about the Santa Cruz Harbor, its contribution to our county and current challenges.


Port Commissioner and Chair Toby Goddard, and Yacht Club leader, Chuck Hawley, spoke. The Harbor comprises 800 permanent slips used by recreational, commercial, and research operators. The port district is governed by a Board of Commissioners and managed by Port Director Lisa Ekers and Harbormaster Latisha Marshall.

January 29, 2016

After more than 25 years of service on the Leadership Santa Cruz County Board of Directors, the Leadership Santa Cruz County organization announces that Director Jess Brown will move to serve in an advisory capacity. In a small ceremony held at Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville, Jess Brown was honored with a plaque presentation by Leadership Santa Cruz County Board of Directors Chair Camilla Boolootian and Executive Director Dave Vincent, and fittingly, a celebratory piece of apricot pie provided by fellow Leadership Santa Cruz County alumna and Farm Bureau Board of Directors member, Nita Gizdich, President of Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville.


“LSCC is the best program for people who care about Santa Cruz County and want to be involved in the community” said Brown. “It provides an opportunity to learn about all aspects of our County and what makes it a unique and vibrant community. An added benefit is the relationships that are built with fellow class members and class presenters.”


Thirty years ago, Jess Brown was a member of the inaugural class (Class 1) of Leadership Santa Cruz County. Jess serves as the long-time Executive Director of the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau and the educational organization, Agri-Culture. Since his appointment in May, he is also the Executive Director of the Santa Clara County Farm Bureau.


He has served in many community leadership positions throughout his career, including but not limited to: past-president of the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County, the Monterey Museum of Art, Cabrillo College Foundation, Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz Area Chamber of Commerce and Goodwill Industries for Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties. Currently, he serves on the board of directors of Leadership Santa Cruz County and chair of the Tannery Arts Center. He also volunteered in Africa for five years helping small-scale farmers.


“Jess’s decades of leadership experience, his deep knowledge of the nonprofit sector, and his broad community connections have been an immeasurable benefit to the Leadership Santa Cruz County organization, for which we are extremely grateful,” said Camilla Boolootian, LSCC Board Chair and Corporate Development Officer at American Red Cross Central Coast. “He has been LSCC’s longestserving Board member, and we look forward to his continued involvement in the organization as a member of our Advisory Board.”

December 31, 2015

Leadership Santa Cruz County class members and directors collected funds for Second Harvest Food Bank to support the delivery of 2864 meals to seniors and families in need in Santa Cruz County. Pictured here from left to right - LSCC Chair Camilla Boolotian (Class 27), Cathy Hsu (Class 31), Director of Institutional Giving, and Suzanne Willis (Class 30) Development & Marketing Officer, and LSCC Executive Director Dave Vincent


Founded in 1972, Second Harvest was the first food bank in California and is the second oldest in the nation. They began by distributing food from a parking lot in Santa Cruz to groups operating the Breakfast For Kids program.


Second Harvest’s mission is to end hunger and malnutrition by educating and involving the community. Through their network of more than 200 agencies and programs and over 3,000 volunteers, the organization distributes over 8 million pounds of food annually to working poor families, children, and seniors.

December 30, 2015

Coming this Spring - alumni will gather for a reunion. We'll tour a local busines or community organization. Sample local wines and network with members of Classes 1 through 31. Details coming soon. 


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