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Leadership Mendocino believes that strong communities need informed, connected, and activated leaders. 

Leadership Mendocino seeks to strengthen our communities by developing a diverse group of people who will get involved and make a difference. Considered a “Masters Class in Mendocino County” participants join prestigious alumni of over 800 members.

Through our once-monthly class days, you will be exposed to leaders and programs throughout our region in areas of local governance, education, health, agriculture, business, cultural history, and more. Leadership Mendocino provides personal executive skill development and unparalleled connections and access throughout Mendocino County.

Holly Madrigal, Program Director

Tel: (707) 467-3230 or 707-841-0612 (textable)


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Support Leadership Mendocino

It is through your contributions that this program is able to continue to engage and inspire local people to be the leaders of the future. Supporting Leadership Mendocino ensures that we continue to give back to this community we love. 

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Our Alumni Are Amazing!

Our Alumni are our single biggest asset. Founded in 1992 over 800 people have participated in Leadership Mendocino. These individuals have made positive impacts in Mendocino County and beyond. The lasting relationships formed amongst each of the 30 classes and connections developed with the presenters and previous alumni provide a vast network of mentors and friends.

Click here to view our list of alumni!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Applications may be submitted at any time. Each candidate is interviewed in June and the class is selected with an orientation starting in August. The mandatory retreat is at the end of September. Email for an application and class information. 

The class meets one Friday per month for eight months October through May. An evening class orientation and a mandatory overnight retreat are also part of the class. Each participant is asked to complete a community project or join a board of directors following their class year. Click here to view the program calendar and tentative class dates.

Annual tuition for Leadership Mendocino is $1,200. Scholarships and payment plans are available, and many employers are willing to contribute the $1,100 portion. A $100 personal contribution is requested. Leadership Mendocino is completely self-funded with an annual budget of $120,000 composed of tuition, community sponsorships, and fundraising. Contact Holly at (707) 841-0612 or email to find out more!

Contact program director Holly Madrigal at or call (707) 841-0612.


Learn more about experiences with Leadership Mendocino.

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Tracy Boyl
Management Analysis, City of Ukiah - Class XXII 

Having grown up and been a single mom in Covelo, Leadership Mendocino was a life-changing experience. My eyes were open to new ideas, unseen beauty, innovative thinking, and expanded relationships. Each class day I learned something new from Factory Pipe manufacturing in Ukiah to Art on the Mendocino coast.

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Jendi Coursey
CEO, Jendy Coursey Communications - Class XV

Leadership Mendocino introduced me to Mendocino County in a whole new way and connected me with others who really care about the future of our region

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Tara Moratti
Owner, Coldwell Banker - Class XXVII

As a business owner Leadership Mendocino was invaluable to give me connections outside the field of real estate. I learned so much about our county and I was raised here so that was surprising.

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Yvett Magallon
Yvett Magallon Chavez, Program Coordinator Volunteer Network - Class XXVII

Being born and raised in Ukiah/Mendocino County, I thought I knew all that I had to know. Thankfully, I was proven wrong. Leadership Mendocino has taught me so much about myself and about the county I call home.

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Jon Glidwell
Manager Beachcomber Hotels – Class XXIV

One of the first things I remember about Leadership Mendocino is feeling nervous to meet and converse with my LM classmates. Could I contribute any value to this group of highly qualified leaders? One of the second things I remember is how quickly I learned that these were real people who are kind, welcoming, and supportive. Years later, I continue to receive that same support and encouragement from my classmates and from other LM alumni, who offer guidance and motivation to pursue new goals of self-improvement and community enrichment.

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