Building the professional capacity of community-based organizations in Contra Costa

Peer Circles for Leaders


Peer Circles for Leaders is a small, professionally facilitated, confidential peer group that meets monthly for 9 months, to help participants solve work-related problems, share resources and learn from one-another's experience.

Learn more at our public information session:


Tuesday, July 10th from 12 - 1 pm

in Walnut Creek

City National Bank Regional Office

2001 N. Main St., Second Floor

across from BART

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What executive directors who have participated in a leadership circle say about the experience:

"Month after month I was able to bring critical questions to my peers for support and advice. In each case I received valuable feedback/support that often was critical to the success of my organization."

"Being an ED is very isolating. There are so many issues you can not always discuss with staff and/or board. The issues are complex and having the time and space to discuss, reflect and get feedback (when you want it) from your peers is invaluable."

Given that organizations are only as strong as the people who lead and manage them, it makes sense for leaders to take good care of themselves. Peer Circles for Leaders is a proven and effective way to do just that. Whether you lead an organization for the arts, human services, education, health, the environment, or other focus, this is your chance to: 

  • Network with colleagues who face similar challenges and opportunities
  • Experiment with new ideas before "taking them public"
  • Achieve personal goals
  • Get support and coaching from peers
  • Take action and learn from it

Based on an action-learning process,Peer Circles for Leaders is composed of five or six nonprofit leaders. Groups are confidential, supportive, and focused on learning and action. A trained and experienced facilitator helps members use the Circle to identify and meet their own needs. Members meet monthly to share insights and materials, support and challenge each other, and develop action plans.

Join Now! The cost to join a Peer Circles for Leaders is $300 for a series of 9 sessions.

To apply: Send an email requesting an application form to Leyna Bernstein at   Complete the application form and return it to The CBO Center. You will then be contacted for a short telephone interview prior to Circle placement.

Questions? Contact Leyna Bernstein, Director of Programs at (510) 835-1009





The CBO Center gratefully acknowledges Chevron Corporation for its support of this program.