In recent months at Coro, we’ve been inspired by the number of people contacting us with a renewed desire for civic engagement, especially on the local level.

In response, we’re mobilizing to host a series of Southern California civic engagement events called Leading Locally. Our goal is to help people of all ages and backgrounds connect the dots between interest and involvement to strengthen our civic fabric. We will cover topics ranging from joining a municipal board or commission to running for local office, and how political parties work at the local level.

Now more than ever, society needs more people who can work together across differences. Each year, Coro equips hundreds of emerging leaders nationally with the skills, knowledge, and networks to navigate complexity and create positive change wherever they are. 

Join us in Leading Locally.


Oct. 23, 2018: Civil Discourse & Democracy


Davenport Institute


Natalie Samarjian
Coro Southern California


Ashley Trim
Executive Director
Davenport Institute

Dan Schnur
Professor; Director
USC Annenberg, UC Berkeley and California Influencers

Grayce Liu
General Manager
City of Los Angeles, Dept. of Neighborhood Empowerment

John Dobard
Associate Director of Political Voice
Advancement Project California

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Feb, 22, 2018: The Current State of Local Party Politics

Co-host & Moderator

Ardy Kassakhian
Glendale City Clerk


Alex Keledjian
Los Angeles County Republican Party 43rd Assembly District Central Committee

Abbe Land
Former Mayor & Councilmember
City of West Hollywood

Ara Najarian
Former Mayor & Councilmember

Liliana Perez
CA Democratic Party Activist

Thomas Wong
San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District

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Oct, 25, 2017: Running for Elected Office

The Coro community gathered for our first event on October 25th to hear from local leaders who shared insight into their personal experiences running for office. Our panelists discussed how to build an effective and dynamic campaign team, how to create a data-informed strategy, and stressed the value of making progress on local issues, even when they didn’t win the election.


Aubrey Hicks
Executive Director
USC Bedrosian Center on Governance


Maria Cabildo
Candidate for Congressional District 34

Sara Hernandez
Candidate for Congressional District 34

Sydney Kamlager
President of the Board
L.A. Community College District

Terry O’Day
Santa Monica City Council Member

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Want to become a Leading Locally Sponsor?

Please contact Natalie Samarjian.

Currently Leading Locally? We'd Love To Hear From You!

Please contact Monette Borigsay to join a panel discussion.

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