On February 25, 2016, Hagar Services Coalition, Inc. awarded Certificates of Achievement to 11 participants in the 2016 Candidate School. President/CEO, Rose Jacobs Gibson, stated: “The 2016 Candidate School provided a remarkable opportunity to individuals who are giving serious thought about seeking elected office now or in the future.”
Participants represented the communities of East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, East Belle Haven, Palo Alto and North Fair Oaks areas. Attendees learned about the characteristics of strong leadership, decision making skills, questions to ask yourself before seeking elected office, meeting facilitation, ethics required of public officials, the Brown Act, and much more. “The Candidate School gave me an excellent overview of the process of becoming a candidate for elected office. The speakers were world class,” stated one graduate.
One East Palo Alto, The City of East Palo Alto, Nuestra Casa, the Multicultural Counseling and Educational Services of the Bay Area (MCESBA) and the City of Menlo Park offered their support as co-hosts of the Candidate School.
“We cannot begin to express our gratitude to the prestigious group of presenters who took time out of their busy schedules to lend their insights and credibility to this program,” stated Ms. Jacobs Gibson.” Among the guest speakers were Henry L. Gardner, Board Chair for the Institute for Local Government; Rich Gordon, Assembly Member, District 24; Warren Slocum, San Mateo County Supervisor, District 4; Jerry Hill, California State Senator; Don Cecil, CEO of MC2 Bay Area; Councilwoman Lisa Gauthier; Councilman Ray Mueller; Sequoia High School District Trustee Georgia Jack; and staff from the San Mateo County Registrar and Elections Division.
About Hagar Services Coalition, Inc.
Hagar Services Coalition, Inc. was founded in 1994 by Rose Jacobs Gibson as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to plan and implement programs designed to restore, rebuild and renew families and community. Hagar focuses on educating and training new leaders to provide fresh perspectives and bold new strategies that address the challenges we face locally, nationally and internationally in today’s world where leadership, community succession planning and change are needed.
This year, Hagar Services Coalition, Inc. will launch its Initiative for Leadership Engagement and Development, also known as ILEAD. This innovative program is a “call to action” in response to the need for increased voter turnout, better qualified candidates for elected office, greater resident civic participation and the community’s knowledge of how local government works. ILEAD is a professional community development initiative designed to stimulate greater civic participation locally and across the nation.
Rose Jacobs Gibson
Hagar Services Coalition, Inc.
P.O. Box 51178
Palo Alto, California 94303
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