Coro Lead Programs
(Lead LA + Lead SoCal)

Leadership Programs For Los Angeles and Southern
California Professionals

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The Coro Lead Programs – Lead LA and Lead SoCal

The Coro Lead Programs – Lead LA and Lead SoCal – provide diverse cross-sectoral cohorts of regional professionals the leadership and management skills, create spaces to practice professional growth, and develop meaningful networks to expand their capacity for impact within their teams, organizations, and communities. This is your opportunity to activate your leadership journey!

Participants learn from 1) peer coaching, 2) experienced leadership, mindfulness, and DEI facilitators, and 3) the broader Coro, Lead Programs, and regional community through Coro’s unique blend of experiential programming to stretch professional and management skill sets through doing.

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“[Coro] has challenged some of my core assumptions, introduced me to sophisticated – yet practical – applied leadership techniques, and perhaps most importantly, has provided an opportunity for me to deeply connect with a diverse group of Los Angeles leaders in a meaningful and lasting way. I’ve found the program to be extremely useful in both my professional and personal life.”


– Ruben Aronin (Lead LA 1), Senior Vice President, Better World Group; Director, California Business Alliance for a Clean Economy

The Lead LA and Lead SoCal Alumni Honorees not only embrace the Coro Lead Programs programming during their participation, but also embody their core elements –  reflective leadership, effective team management, analytical systems thinking, and cross-sectoral collaboration – in their post-Lead LA or Lead SoCal work. The Honoree is awarded annually and announced at the Closing Ceremony.

2020 Lead LA Alumni Honoree

Elissa K. Konove


California State Transportation Agency

2021 Lead LA Alumni Honoree

Corey Matthews

Vice President, Global Philanthropy

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

2022 Lead LA Alumni Honoree

Chris Rhie

Associate Principal

Buro Happold

An Issue Day is a cohort-led exploration that the Lead Programs use to expand experiential learning. Its purpose is twofold: one, to engage participants’ effective inquiry, critical thinking, and leadership skills to practice team management, self-awareness, and empowered professionalism in real-time with a small group of peers, and two, to use the Greater Los Angeles and Southern California regions to expand participants’ knowledge of a public policy challenge requiring action and impact.

The Issue Day is the ultimate Lead Programs exercise, bringing in all of the tools and frameworks explored during the program to ignite a cohort-led exploration to expand their collective knowledge about the region’s policy landscape. The Issue Day process starts during the Program Orientation and runs through the duration of the Lead Programs. The cohort participants determine which issues will be explored and how to design and curate explorations and experiences for the entire cohort.

To view previous Issue Day explorations, visit the links below.

  • ACLU of Southern California 
  • Actors’ Gang Prison Project, The
  • Advocates for Human Potential
  • Alliance College-Ready Public Schools
  • American Jewish Committee
  • Animo Pat Brown Charter High School
  • Annenberg Foundation
  • Arizona State University
  • ArtCenter College of Design
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles
  • Best Best & Krieger LLP
  • Better World Group
  • Bird
  • Bridges Intergroup Relations Consulting
  • Broad Center, The
  • Buchalter
  • BuroHappold Engineering
  • California Resources Corporation
  • California State Assembly, Office of Assemblymember Rudy Salas (AD 32)
  • California State University, Bakersfield
  • California State University, Northridge
  • Cause Communications
  • Center for Policing Equity
  • Chrysalis
  • Citizens of the World Charter Schools
  • City of Los Angeles, Board of Public Works
  • City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs
  • City of Los Angeles, Department of Transportation
  • City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works
  • City of Los Angeles, Office of Councilmember Bob Blumenfield (CD 3)
  • City of Los Angeles, Office of Councilmember Joe Buscaino (CD 15)
  • City of Los Angeles, Office of Councilmember Mike Bonin (CD 11)
  • City of Los Angeles, Office of Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD 5)
  • City of Los Angeles, Office of Councilmember Paul Krekorian (CD 2)
  • City of Los Angeles, Office of District 14
  • City of Los Angeles, Office of the Mayor
  • City of Los Angeles, Personnel Department
  • Civic Innovation Lab
  • College Track
  • Community Coalition
  • Community Partners
  • County of Los Angeles, Center for Strategic Public-Private Partnerships
  • County of Los Angeles, Department of Health Services, Office of Diversion and Reentry
  • Discovery Cube Los Angeles
  • Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.
  • ECMC Foundation, The
  • Empowerment Congress
  • Fiducia CP
  • FlixBus
  • Ford Mobility
  • Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP
  • Gartner
  • Gather Consulting
  • Gensler
  • Google
  • Guidehouse
  • HIAS
  • Hispanas Organized for Political Equality
  • J.L. Edmonds Project
  • John Wayne Cancer Institute & Pacific Neuroscience Institute, Providence Health System
  • Kantara
  • KIPP LA Schools
  • LA Election Project
  • LA Forward
  • LA Metro
  • LA’s Best
  • Lombard Circle, The
  • Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation
  • Los Angeles Homelesses Services Authority
  • Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
  • Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health, The
  • Lyft
  • Manifest Works
  • Mariposa Development
  • Mirman School
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Moulton Niguel Water District
  • Move LA
  • Multicultural Learning Center
  • My Friend’s Place
  • National University
  • One Table
  • Partnership for Los Angeles Schools
  • Pepperdine School of Public Policy
  • Phoenix LA, The
  • Prism
  • Remember Us
  • River LA
  • SidePorch
  • Snap, Inc.
  • Southern California Edison
  • Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink)
  • State of California, Department of Finance
  • Stratiscope
  • Swipe Out Hunger
  • Taft College
  • Taproot Foundation
  • The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  • TreePeople
  • Tzunu Strategies
  • United Airlines
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Hispanic American Periodicals Index
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Luskin Center for History and Policy
  • University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education
  • University of Southern California, Shoah Foundation
  • U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • Verizon
  • Walt Disney Company, The
  • West LA Community Coalition
  • Whittle and Associates
  • World Health Organization

Thank you to our Supporters

Thank you to the Coro Lead Programs Advisory Committee

Angela Babcock*
Vice President, Stratiscope

Otha Cole*
Project Director, Play Equity Fund, LA84 Foundation

Lindsay Conner
Partner & Chair of the Media & Entertainment Group, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Steven Crosby
Principal, Crosby Consulting

Andrea Foggy-Paxton**
Founder & CEO, Foggy-Paxton Consulting, LLC

Nicole Jones
Senior Special Assistant & Director of External Affairs, Office of the California State Controller

*Coro Lead Programs alumni                    

John Kobara
Social Entrepreneur & Facilitator of Change; former EVP & Chief Operating Officer at the California Community Foundation

Robin Kramer
Managing Director, Smidt Foundation

Shawn Landres
Commissioner, County of Los Angeles Quality and Productivity Commission and Chair, City of Santa Monica Planning Commission

Corey Matthews*
Vice President of Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Carole Neal*
Director of Marketing, Vitamin T

Caprice Young
National Superintendent, Lifelong Learning

**Coro Southern California Board of Directors member

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  • Questions? Contact:

Carson Bruno
Vice President of Growth
(213) 267-6201