From the Executive Director

We are LEAD California, a statewide nonprofit organization supporting half a million university and college students, administrators, faculty, staff, and community members who, with our resources, expertise, training, and connections are creating innovative ways to ensure a healthy, just, and democratic society. We are committed to ensuring that all California institutions of higher education fulfill their public purpose and prepare students to be ethical leaders and compassionate citizens who make this world better for all.

Watch this video to learn what LEAD California is about and how we are influencing higher education and our leaders of tomorrow.

Elaine K. Ikeda

LEAD California is committed to educating students for democracy and positive change. We commit to leading with generosity, integrity, empathy, kindness, and compassion. We commit to being a more clear and consistent voice for racial justice.

LEAD California selected Rochelle Smarr, Director, Department of Service Learning and Civic Engagement, CSU San Marcos, as the recipient of the LEAD California 2022 Richard E. Cone Award for Emerging Leaders in Community Engagement.

The disparate impacts of COVID-19, as well as the effects of institutional racism that continue to profoundly impact our nation’s marginalized communities, have laid bare again, the staggering social and economic inequalities and injustices that continue to plague our country and the world.

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We invite you to reach out and help LEAD California bring change to higher education in California.

LEAD California
C/O California State University, Fresno Association, Inc.
2771 E. Shaw Avenue
Fresno, CA 93710
(650) 242-5940