In recent months at Coro, we’ve been inspired by the number of people contacting us with a renewed desire for civic engagement, especially on the local level.

In response, we’re mobilizing to host a series of Southern California civic engagement events called Leading Locally. Our goal is to help people of all ages and backgrounds connect the dots between interest and involvement to strengthen our civic fabric. We will cover topics ranging from joining a municipal board or commission to running for local office, and how political parties work at the local level.

Now more than ever, society needs more people who can work together across differences. Each year, Coro equips hundreds of emerging leaders nationally with the skills, knowledge, and networks to navigate complexity and create positive change wherever they are.

Join us in Leading Locally.

Past Leading Locally Events

OCT. 23, 2018
Feb. 22, 2018
Oct. 25, 2017

Oct. 23, 2018: Civil Discourse & Democracy



Davenport Institute



Natalie Samarjian
Coro Southern California



Ashley Trim
Executive Director
Davenport Institute

Dan Schnur
Professor; Director
USC Annenberg, UC Berkeley and California Influencers

Grayce Liu
General Manager
City of Los Angeles, Dept. of Neighborhood Empowerment

John Dobard
Associate Director of Political Voice
Advancement Project California


Feb. 22, 2018: The Current State of Local Party Politics


Co-host & Moderator

Ardy Kassakhian
Glendale City Clerk



Alex Keledjian
Los Angeles County Republican Party 43rd Assembly District Central Committee

Abbe Land
Former Mayor & Councilmember
City of West Hollywood

Ara Najarian
Former Mayor & Councilmember

Liliana Perez
CA Democratic Party Activist

Thomas Wong
San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District


Oct. 25, 2017: Running for Elected Office




Aubrey Hicks
Executive Director
USC Bedrosian Center on Governance



Maria Cabildo
Candidate for Congressional District 34

Sara Hernandez
Candidate for Congressional District 34

Sydney Kamlager
President of the Board
L.A. Community College District

Terry O’Day
Santa Monica City Council Member