Leadership Academy

The City of Lake Forest faces many exciting opportunities and challenges in the years ahead. To enhance community input and involvement, the City offers the Lake Forest Leadership Academy. The Citizens' Leadership Academy has developed community leaders since the spring of 2003. 

The Academy is an eight-week course traditionally held once a year in the fall and provides participants with a general overview of City operations and departments. Applicants from all segments of the community are encouraged to participate. The ideal Leadership Academy will include participants 18 years or older with varied educational and cultural backgrounds who live in Lake Forest. This in-depth seminar is free. Refreshments and appetizers are included at the beginning of each session.

2022 Leadership Academy

The Academy, beginning on September 14, will meet once a week for eight evenings and is free of charge. Sessions are scheduled from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Each session focuses on different aspects of the City with presentations from a variety of speakers.  

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17th Annual Leadership Academy

2021 Graduates 

  • Alyssa Yan 
  • Amy Spaulding
  • Andrea Alexander
  • Ann Owens
  • Crystal Ventura
  • Dan Ning
  • Dave Evans
  • Donald Bloomgren
  • Elaine Minami
  • Eric Gates
  • Erik Connolly
  • Eve Morguelan
  • Huy Vuong
  • Joann Liu
  • Judy Curry
  • Karen Saturday
  • Karen Wales
  • Karissa Tjong
  • Kitty Chu
  • Kristi Reade
  • Linda Martin
  • Louise Robertson
  • Natasha Anand
  • Nissa Menke
  • Peter Najera
  • Richard Ang
  • Shawn Chaudhri
  • Shayleen Thistlewaite
  • Suedine Nakano
  • Suzy Betz
  • Wendy Zimmerman 

15th Annual Leadership Academy

2018 Graduates

  • Arek Tatevossian
  • Bob Holtzclaw
  • Brittany Roberts
  • Debbie Ickes
  • Derek Natvig
  • Desiree Magee
  • Dianne Hanks
  • Eve Morguelan
  • Jaime Valdivieso
  • Jean Kulla
  • June Sutter
  • Khanh Berg
  • Kyle Kott
  • Larissa Clark
  • Mark Epelbaum
  • Nancy Backer
  • Pat Bird
  • Steve Carlson
  • Steve Backer
  • Suzy Diaz
  • Tiffany Robinson

14th Annual Leadership Academy

2017 Graduates
  • Alan Cawi
  • Amy Shih
  • Andrew Seibly
  • Anh Lau
  • Bjarne Conradsen
  • Blanca O'Connor
  • Crystal Ventura
  • Edith Logue
  • Emily Keating
  • Holly Turner
  • Jason Leland
  • Jean O'Donoghue
  • Jing Yang
  • Kayla Francis
  • Kristin Eldred
  • Mila O'Neal
  • Myrna Dillon
  • Richard Ang
  • Roxanna Torres
  • Steve Valencia
  • Terry Seibly
  • Tim Kolbo
  • Tim O'Neal
  • Wendy Swanson
  • Yury Tolentino

13th Annual Leadership Academy

2016 Graduates
  • Barry Rosenberg
  • Bethany Guajardo
  • Betty Atwell
  • Darin Caggiano
  • David M. Bass
  • Elaine Gundlach
  • Fabiano Tiraboschi
  • Farh Semnani
  • Jade Bolton
  • Judi Glass
  • Kevin Weber
  • Linda King
  • Michelle Walker
  • Nabilath Akimey
  • Naseem Qader
  • Robbie Rosenberg
  • Rod Stone
  • Scarlet Duggan
  • Scott Tullius
  • Shaye Shayegani
  • Shirley Maldonado

12th Annual Leadership Academy

2015 Graduates
  • Aileen Grant
  • Andrew Akagawa
  • Arik Ozden
  • Cathie Sherman
  • Jane De Lorenzo
  • Jim Joneja
  • Josue Vizcay
  • Kandice Hawes
  • Kevin Grant
  • Laurie Konsugar
  • Mevisa Poto
  • Robert DeAlmeida
  • Roxana Torres
  • Sofi Ozden
  • Stan Yombo
  • Taymor Kamrany

11th Annual Leadership Academy 

2014 Graduates
  • Ashley Melchor
  • Bud Sherman
  • Carol Ann Madle
  • Claudia Fowler
  • Don Sterling
  • Fritz Cordesius
  • Gary Russell
  • Ghezal Abdali
  • Hugh Everhart
  • Jeffrey Manzer
  • Jennifer Smith
  • Jim Bothwell
  • Katie Cariello
  • Nancy Rokkum
  • Renee Mckee
  • Richard Richardson
  • Scott Wisdom
  • Shelly Kossler
  • Skip Lanterna
  • Victor Scherr
  • Zihad Traieh

10th Annual Leadership Academy

2013 Graduates
  • Anna Antoniou
  • Beverley Ford
  • Cameron Barret
  • Carol Ann Tardiff
  • Carrie Barret
  • Dan Derkum
  • Darcy Purvis
  • Jade Mazzio
  • James Bender
  • Jeffrey Herrin
  • John Na
  • Julie Monji
  • Louis Ashinghurst
  • Luis Alvarado
  • Melissa Sims
  • Merry Axelrod
  • Michael Rickey
  • Nancy Smeaton
  • Nancy Tremaine
  • Patricia Pawelski
  • Rhonda Lorenzen
  • Sandy Stang
  • Scott Johnson
  • Scott Voigts
  • Seema Choudhary
  • Sheila Smith

9th Annual Leadership Academy

2012 Graduates
  • Ashley Lencek
  • Chris Jennings
  • Christopher Stacklin
  • DeAnne Bender
  • Dino Roman
  • Grace Barnes
  • Heather Walters
  • Jill Billington
  • JoDee Goetz
  • Louella Mauban
  • Megan Lencek
  • Myung Kim
  • Nilima Gupta
  • Russell Carroll
  • Sally Sartor
  • Steve Laherty
  • Steve Weisberg
  • Tina Kinkade
  • Wesley Gunter