Leadership Beaverton

One year program, Leadership Beaverton provides training through interactive community learning experiences and service project.

Leadership Beaverton Mission

To engage a diverse network of citizens and business leaders that are inspired and empowered through education and awareness to take action to improve their communities.


Leadership Beaverton is dedicated to the belief that everyone has something to contribute to the health and success of our communities. We will create awareness among citizens to inspire them to action. We will cultivate civic leaders and build relationships with stakeholders. By 2020 Beaverton’s non-profit and service organizations will have strong leadership on their boards and engaged volunteers. Effective elected officials will serve in government agencies that impact Beaverton, city of Beaverton neighborhood groups, commissions and boards.

Meet our Board of Directors:

Lani Faith, Past Chair, Beaverton Arts Foundation

Rosie Curry, Treasurer, Columbia Bank

Jeannine Rustad, Chair, THPRD

Randy Bresee, Past Chair of the Board

Mary Grimes, Heritage Bank

Kimberly Herder, Project Lead the Way

Diya Khothule, 71 and Change

Julie Rocha, THPRD

Tyler Ross, PayneWest Insurance

Maureen Wheeler, Retired

Interested in learning more about serving on our Board?

Board Mission, Objectives & Roles

Leadership Beaverton Board Questionnaire

Thank you to these sponsors…

City of Beaverton

What is Leadership Beaverton?

Leadership Beaverton grew from a desire for more knowledgeable volunteers, board members and elected officials in the city. The purpose of Leadership Beaverton is to provide training so that better decisions are made in our community. Each summer 30 students are accepted for the program, which runs from September through May.

Students dedicate one full day a month to an interactive community learning experience. They increase experience presentations and discussions on topics that include Beaverton history, government, human services and quality of life. When the program concludes, participants have a better understanding of how our community has developed and what needs to exist.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the board of directors is taking a pause on having a class in 20-21. We simply could not ensure the integrity of the program having to do 100% virtual programming due to State and local mandates. We will look so forward to coming back next year with an amazing class. If you’d like to be put on the list for registration in 2021, please email alicia@beaverton.org. 

Each graduating class completes a service project fulfilling a community need…

  • The 1999 class built the first Habitat for the Humanity home in Beaverton.
  • The class of 2002 planned Senior PALs Day, an open house at the Beaverton Police Activities League for PAL youth members and local senior citizens, to foster relationships between youth and seniors.
  • The class of 2005 worked to produce a public awareness campaign about IgiveWhereIlive.net – a community resources that connects people in Washington County to local charities to keep our giving local!
  • The class of 2006 worked for the Oregon Food Bank and has raised $6,000 for the Care-to-Share backpack program to purchase and supply an additional 300 backpacks for needy students in the Beaverton School District.
  • The 2008 class is working on a variety of ways to raise dollars for the Homeless Youth program for the Beaverton School District. Join them by supporting their efforts through the Tualatin Hills Parks Foundation June 14th Hike-n-Bike. Bike, hike, walk or pledge your support.
  • 2009 has created TAKE CARE OF BEAVERTON week – May 4 – 9th. They are collecting good for Sunshine Pantry, Beaverton Clothes Closet and Elsie Stuhr Center.
  • The class of 2010 did 3 projects! Boxers for Beaverton (supporting St. Mary’s Home for Boys & the BSD Homeless Youth program), Adopted room at the Good Neighbor Center and the Domestic Violence Resource Center’s Monika’s House!
  • The class of 2011 project was “The Awning of a New Day” – they raised over $40,000 to build a permanent canopy structure to keep customers of the Beaverton Family Resource Center and Beaverton Clothes Closet of the BSD to ensure a comfortable environment – out of the rain, snow and sunshine – for those in need. See a Video!
  • The 2012 class hosted Home Runs for Homeless Youth, a Kickball Tournament that raised more than $13,000 for a HomePlate Youth Services hosted drop-in center in Beaverton. The first class project for the Class of 2012 was the amazing Library of more than 1,500 books and bookcases installed at the Beaverton Salvation Veteran’s Home & Family Center.
  • The Class of 2013 helped to produce the newly relaunched Beaverton PAL’s fundraiser dinner and auction, raising more than $14,000 for the organization.The Class of 2014 raised money and to build and expansive outdoor animal care area at Monika’s House for the DVRC. Total monies raised was $21,123  and hundreds of man hours donated to the planning and construction.The Class of 2015 created a campaign – “Change for Beaverton” raising over $10,000 for SARC, BEF, HomePlate, and
  • The Class of 2016 created, hosted and executed “Beaverton Awareness Day”. Over 40 non-profits participated in a tabling event showcasing the amazing work they do in Beaverton and recruited volunteers and resources. The 4 hour event boasted over 2,500 guests that came through and learned about the needs in our community.
  • The Class of 2017 purchased school supplies for all of the students at the newly rebuilt Vose Elementary School to ensure this Title 1 school opened with a fresh and fabulous start for these special students.
  • The Class of 2018 produced the Great Bed Race to benefit Family Promise of Beaverton on June 2nd. Stay tuned for results and amazing pictures. To be a part of it, go to the Family Promise Website. 
  • The Class of 2019 is working to refresh and improve the Salvation Army Veteran’s Family Shelter on Farmington Road. We’ll share pictures once the big day is finished.
  • The Class of 2020 raised money to send every student at Aloha Huber Elementary home with a jump rope to ensure they had some physical activity with the closure of schools due to COVID-19. More Class projects are in the works. Stay tuned.


Tuition for the program is $795 (Preferred Chamber Partners) and $895 (Non-Partners) and includes lunchtime meals on each program day.  Scholarships are available to participants who cannot afford the full tuition and whose companies do not provide funding for professional development. Scholarships are usually partial and average $200.

More Information: Leadership Beaverton AlumniAlumni Roster