Elaine has been the Executive Director of LEAD California since 2000. Prior to joining LEAD California, Elaine served as the Director of the Higher Education National Service-Learning Clearinghouse Project. For over two decades, Elaine has contributed to the production of research knowledge related to service-learning and community engagement. She has co-authored several journal articles and book chapters on service-learning and student development, including a chapter in Looking In/Reaching Out: A Reflective Guide for Community Service-Learning Professionals (B. Jacoby and P. Mutascio, Eds.) and a chapter in Service-Learning and the First-Year Experience (E. Zlotkowski, Ed.). Elaine also has developed numerous conferences, institutes and forums addressing service-learning and civic engagement in education, including the Symposium on Civic Engagement and Graduate Education and the Bridge Building Leadership Initiative. From 2005 to 2007, she directed the largest community partner research study in the nation resulting in the research report, Community Voices: A California Campus Compact Study on Partnerships. In recent years, Elaine has organized retreats to support intergenerational networking, and professional and leadership development in the community engagement field. Elaine holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science and a Master of Public Health degree from California State University, Long Beach and a Ph.D. in Higher Education & Organizational Change from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Piper has been the Associate Director of LEAD California since 2006. She has nearly two decades of experience in the development, implementation and management of community engagement initiatives. Piper led the design and implementation of the LEAD California – Community Engagement Student Fellowship Program (2013 – current); and co-designed both the California Campus Compact-Carnegie Foundation Faculty Fellows: Service-Learning for Political Engagement Program (2007-2009) and California Campus Compact’s Youth to College Initiative (2006-2009). Prior to her role at LEAD California, Piper served as the Associate Director for Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) and was the Deputy Director for Faculty for the Engaged Campus, a national three-year initiative of CCPH which sought to legitimize and support community-engaged career paths in the academy by developing innovative competency-based models of faculty development, facilitating peer review and dissemination of products of community-engaged scholarship and supporting community-engaged faculty through the promotion and tenure process. Piper holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Arts degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from The American University.
Liane came to LEAD California to serve as Interim Associate Director from July through December 2010. Since January 2011, she moved into the role of Director of Public Relations, primarily tasked to building relationships, overseeing membership, the Executive Board, and the annual Richard E. Cone Award. Prior to joining LEAD California, Liane was a nonprofit consultant, foundation program officer, clinical psychologist and litigation paralegal in San Francisco and Honolulu. She holds a Bachelors of Art in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a Masters of Science in Psychology from Boston University, and a Masters of Art and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University. She has decades of experience in the nonprofit sector and mental health field.