Martha Shenkenberg retired as Chair of the Leadership Pasadena Board of Directors after 17 years with the organization. Martha was a participant in the first LP class of 1999 and remain an active volunteer or Board member ever since. “Martha has been the heart and sole of LP for many years,” according to recent Board Member Cindy Bengtson. “She’s not just a part of LP’s history but part of its future as she moves to the Advisory Board,” Cindy concluded.
Alma Robles Apodaca is LP’s new Board Chair. “I’ve been involved with LP since its founding, but not always on the board. LP has been volunteer-run for a number of years. We’ve managed to put a class through every year since 1999, with the exception of one year. We’re now at a point where I want the organization to grow. This is really important work, and I want to ensure that we’re able to sustain it going forward. We can’t do that on a volunteer basis. My big hope for this next year is to make sure that we fund an executive director role. We’re also looking at developing a leadership program for veterans. These are our big plans. We are really looking at what’s next for us,” per Alma.
Melanie Goodyear, Executive Director of Jericho Road with Leadership Pasadena Board members Alan Romero, Alma Apodaca, Josh Driskell, Lisa Raggio and Judy Turner
Leadership Pasadena’s mission is to create exceptional, engaged community leaders for the betterment of the greater Pasadena community. Serving on non-profit Boards is an important way graduates can make an impact and Leadership Pasadena (LP) is proud to partner with Jericho Road Pasadena to provide Board matching services for LP participants starting next month.
“LP produces well-trained, empowered and connected volunteers ready to help and we want to make it as easy as possible for our LP graduates to find the right Board placement for them. Jericho Road is the perfect partner for us to accomplish this goal,” according to Cindy Bengtson, volunteer Executive Director for Leadership Pasadena. “Melanie Goodyear and her Board excel at this and we are excited to provide her with a pool of ready candidates to match to our local non-profits.”
Jericho Road’s expertise is bridging communities by matching the professional talents of volunteers with the needs of community-based nonprofit organizations to promote community development, strengthen social services, and enrich the lives of volunteers. Jericho Road Pasadena was spearheaded by members of Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church of Pasadena, who worked with the Flintridge Center to assess whether there was a need in the local nonprofit community for capacity-building services. When the answer was a clear “Yes,” local volunteers began raising operating funds and creating its structure. For seven years now, Jericho Road Pasadena has served the Pasadena community by providing nonprofit community benefit organizations needed professional or technical expertise free of charge.
Leadership Pasadena is a hands-on, community leadership program that immerses you in Pasadena’s rich history, government and world renowned organizations and institutions. This is a unique program for those who want to play an active role in Pasadena’s future. The program provides participants with 24 hours of personal leadership training, a 2-day offsite Ropes course experience, 2 hours of one on one executive coaching, 60 hours of Pasadena community education and 40 hours of community service learning. Participants build meaningful connections with the area’s business, government and community decision-makers. With its many civic, non-profit and community organizations and its diverse communities, there is a large need for empowered and connected community leaders to address the concerns and issues of the Pasadena area together with respect and determination and results. Leadership Pasadena creates these leaders. http://www.leadershippasadena.org/