Lead LA Fellowship

Expanding LA professionals’ capacity for impact

The Lead LA Fellowship provides diverse cross-sectoral cohorts of Greater Los Angeles professionals the leadership and management skills, knowledge about the region, and a network of other professionals necessary to expand their capacity for impact within their teams, organizations, and communities. 

Lead LA is the perfect Coro professional, part-time leadership development program for professionals looking to expand their professional network, gain time-tested leadership skills to enhance their work, and learn more about the Greater Los Angeles region and how they can make an impact, regardless of their professional role and responsibilities.

Coro’s programs deliver deep impact (see more in the “Impact & Testimonials” tab above and in the Program Benefits Guide) at a highly subsidized professional development rate. Lead LA enables organizations to invest in their aspiring and established managers to deliver on the organization’s mission.

Supporting team members – either financially and/or with the time and space to participate fully in Lead LA – yields strong organizational benefits by:

  1. Increasing the skills of employees in critical positions that can be incorporated departmentally and instilled in their direct reports.

  2. Demonstrating your commitment to the employee, increasing their feeling of engagement, which often leads to higher productivity, loyalty, and retention; and

  3. Motivating all employees by signaling that leadership and a commitment to their work is rewarded by the organization.

Connect with Coro to discuss an organizational partnership and nominate a member of your team for Lead LA.

“Serving mainly public agencies, Best Best & Krieger LLP has greatly benefited from the training our lawyers have received from [Lead LA]. The knowledge and background [Lead LA] has given our associates has fast-tracked them to positions of greater leadership and responsibility within the firm and with our clients. The benefits are double-fold: our law firm has become better and stronger, and the cities, water districts and other public entities with whom we work get a level of service infused with greater insight and dedication to the public good.”


Ruben Duran
Managing Partner
Best Best & Krieger LLP

The Lead LA Alumni Honorees not only embrace the Lead LA programming during their participation, but also embody the program’s core elements – reflective leadership, effective team management, analytical systems thinking, and cross-sectoral collaboration – in their post-Lead LA work. The Honoree is awarded annually and announced at the Closing Ceremony. To read an honoree’s bio, click on their headshot.

To read an honoree’s bio, click on their headshot.

2020 Lead LA Alumni Honoree

Elissa K. Konove

Deputy Division Administrator

Federal Highway Administration (California Division)

2021 Lead LA Alumni Honoree

Corey Matthews

Vice President, Global Philanthropy

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

2022 Lead LA Alumni Honoree

Chris Rhie

Climate & Sustainability Consultant

Rhie Planning LLC

2023 Lead LA Alumni Honoree

Aaron Ordower

Environment Deputy

Los Angeles County Supervisor Lindsey Horvath

  • 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

  • BeyGOOD Foundation

  • Bird

  • Bridges Intergroup Relations Consulting

  • Broad Center, The

  • Buchalter

  • BuroHappold Engineering

  • California Endowment, The

  • California Resources Corporation

  • California State Assembly, Office of Assemblymember Rudy Salas (AD 32)

  • California State Senate, Office of Senator Senator Lena Gonzalez (SD 33)

  • California State University, Bakersfield

  • California State University, Northridge

  • Cause Communications

  • Cenergy Consulting, LLC

  • Center for Policing Equity

  • Central City Association of Los Angeles

  • Chrysalis

  • Citizens of the World Charter Schools

  • City of Glendale, Glendale Library, Arts & Culture

  • 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, Harbor Department

  • 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

  • City of Long Beach

  • City of San Fernando

  • Civic Innovation Lab

  • Children’s Institute

  • College Track

  • Community Coalition

  • Community Partners

  • County of Los Angeles, Center for Strategic Public-Private Partnerships

  • County of Los Angeles, Department of Arts and Culture

  • County of Los Angeles, Department of Health Services, Office of Diversion and Reentry

  • County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Social Services

  • County of Los Angeles, Office of Supervisor Holly Mitchell (LA 2)

  • County of Los Angeles, Office of Supervisor Sheila Kuehl (LA 3)

  • Creative Artists Agency

  • Dignity Health

  • Discovery Cube Los Angeles

  • Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.

  • Downtown Women’s Center

  • ECMC Foundation, The

  • Edgility Consulting

  • Empowerment Congress

  • Fiducia CP

  • FlixBus

  • Ford Mobility

  • Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

  • Gartner

  • Gather Consulting

  • Gensler

  • Google

  • Guidehouse

  • Hatch Collection

  • HIAS

  • Hispanas Organized for Political Equality

  • Ichor Strategies, Los Angeles

  • iMentor

  • Jesse Gabriel for Assembly

  • 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 Promise Fund

  • LA’s Best

  • LA Coalition for Excellent Public Schools

  • Lombard Circle, The

  • Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator

  • Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO

  • Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation

  • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

  • Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority

  • Los Angeles Philharmonic Association

  • Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health, The

  • Los Angeles Unified School District, Office of Boardmember Nick Melvoin (LAUSD 4)

  • Lyft

  • Manifest Works

  • Marathon Communications

  • Mariposa Development

  • Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

  • Mirman School

  • Morgan Stanley

  • Moulton Niguel Water District

  • Move LA

  • Multicultural Learning Center

  • My Friend’s Place

  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

  • National University

  • Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County

  • One Table

  • Para Los Niños

  • Partnership for Los Angeles Schools

  • Pepperdine School of Public Policy

  • Phoenix LA, The

  • PlantPrefab

  • Prism

  • Remember Us

  • RethinkEd

  • River LA

  • Sequoyah School

  • SidePorch

  • Snap, Inc.

  • SoCalGas

  • Southern California Edison

  • Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink)

  • State of California, Department of Finance

  • Stratiscope

  • Students 4 Students

  • Student Movement of Justice and Opportunity

  • Swipe Out Hunger

  • Taft College

  • Taproot Foundation

  • The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

  • TreePeople

  • Tzunu Strategies

  • United Airlines

  • University of California, Los Angeles Alumni Affairs/Alumni Association

  • University of California, Los Angeles, Hispanic American Periodicals Index

  • University of California, Los Angeles, Luskin Center for History and Policy

  • University of California, Los Angeles Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs

  • University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education

  • University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts

  • 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

Organizations listed do not constitute an endorsement of the Lead LA program or Coro.

Lead LA Sponsors