Community Speakers

At each class, engaging speakers, panelists, and involved community members or officials, share their unique experiences and expertise. Class members interact with the facilitators through fieldwork assignments and projects.

In the past several years, a number of community leaders have been among the speakers and presenters at LSRV class sessions. Community leaders, like some listed below, volunteer their time towards our program, and come share their unique experiences and expertise:


Lauren Barr
Planning Division Manager, City of San Ramon

Diana Becton
District Attorney, Contra Costa County

Guy Bjerke
Director, Concord Local ReUse Authority

Dan Bornstein
Editorial Page Editor, East Bay Times

Joan Buchanan
State Assembly 2008-2014, District 15, former SRVUSD Trustee

Joe Calabrigo
Town Manager, Town of Danville

Tori Campbell
Reporter/Anchor, KTVU Channel 2 Television

Paul Campos
Negotiator, Bay Area Building Industry Association

Carolyn Coleman
League of California Cities

Mark DeSaulnier
Congressman, 11th District, former Senator, California 7th District

Matt DeVane, MD
Director, Cardiovascular Consultants Group

Colleen Edwards
President, EMC Creative

Rob Ewing
City Attorney, Town of Danville

Scott Holder
Retired Chief of Police, City of San Ramon

Jackie Holmes
Founder and Director, Casa Serena

Rachel Hurd
Board of Trustees, SRVUSD

Guy Houston
State Assembly, District 15 (2002-2008)

Rick Klau
Google Ventures

Beverly Lane
Board of Directors, East Bay Regional Park District

Chris McKenzie
Executive Director, League of California Cities

Alexander Mehran Jr.
President, Sunset Development

Paige Meyer
Fire Chief, San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District

David Mills
Editor, The Patch

Ken Mintz
Board of Trustees, SRVUSD

Brad Morris
Program Manager of Recreation, City of San Ramon

Julie Pierce
Councilmember City of Clayton, Association for Bay Area Governments (ABAG)/

Mary Piepho
Former Supervisor, Contra Costa County

April Rovero
President, NCAPDA

Rick Schmitt
Superintendent, San Ramon Valley Unified School District

Allan Shields
Chief of Police, Town of Danville

Cynthia Shon
Director, Corporate Games

Steve Simpkins
Chief of Police, Town of Danville

Craig Stevens
Chief of Police, City of San Ramon

Dan Walters
Journalist, Cal Matters

Amy Worth
Councilmember, City of Orinda, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)

Mike Wright
Executive Director, Local Reuse Authority