CSAC Bulletin Article

CSAC Institute Congratulates Leadership Academy Grads

August 26, 2021

The CSAC William “Bill” Chiat Institute for Excellence in County Government congratulates 20 California County staff members who recently completed the 12-week online National Association of Counties (NACo) Leadership Academy led by General Colin Powell.

The curriculum provides best practices in leadership, organizational development and change management, negotiation and collaboration, effective business communication, and how to deliver increased value from high-performance county management.

We would like to acknowledge and congratulate the California County graduates:

  • Fresno County
    • Samantha Buck, Principal Administrative Analyst
    • Sonia De La Rosa, Principal Admin Analyst 
  • Humboldt County
    • Ian Goble, Buyer II Scott Adair, Economic Development Director
  • Marin County
    • Robert Bonner
    • Sarah Dobrovolny, Aide to Supervisor
    • Brett Rhodes, Chief Deputy Public Admin 
    • Brittany Rudolph, Interim Supervisor 
  • Mariposa County
    • Danielle Wardle
  • Mono County

    • Andy Liu, Sr. Systems Administrator 
    • Kirk Hartstrom, IT Communications Manager
  • Santa Barbara County
    • Yvonne Torres, Assistant Human Resources Director
  • Santa Cruz County
    • Sharonda Cannon, Personnel Analyst 
  • Sutter County
    • Brian Cowan, Health Education/Promotion Coordinator 
    • Ymelda Mendoza Flores, Prevention Services Coordinator
    • Gina Graham, Assistant Clerk of the Board
    • Scott Hanson, Information Technology Supervisor
    • Deborah Micheli, Assistant County Counsel
    • Rudy Rodriguez, Prevention Services Coordinator
  • Yolo County
    • Eric Will, Management Analyst 

Across the country, 525 county employees participated in the Leadership Academy. Congratulations to all individuals who completed the program. 

Additionally, the CSAC Institute announces the inaugural California-only cohort of the CSAC High Performance Leadership Academy, from September 13 – December 17, 2021.  Click here to learn more and enroll.

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