Developing Leaders in California Libraries

As of Aug 2022, the Developing Leaders in California Libraries was merged into the California Libraries Learn (CALL) project.

Leadership Cohorts 2022/23

(Applications are now closed for these opportunities)

In 2022-2023 the Developing Leaders program consists of two cohorts which will work together during the program cycle.

The Leadership Development Learning Cohort is designed to help all levels of library staff build equity- and community-based leadership skills. Those who were selected will engage in synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities that will include bi-weekly Zoom sessions, activities such as reading and posting on discussion forums, and three in person sessions. A Leadership Learning cohort FAQ and a complete schedule of activities is available.

The Leadership Challenge Cohort is designed to give those with leadership skills and those new to leadership the chance to work in teams on learning about and designing solutions for challenges faced by California libraries and communities. Cohort members chosen will join with Leadership Learning cohort members to determine an area of focus and integrate leadership skills into the process of developing solutions in the chosen challenge area. A Leadership Challenge FAQ is available.

Learner Cohort

Arsine Ansryan, Burbank Public Library
Cherie Buenaflor, Pleasanton Public Library
Nicole Cooksey- Voytenko,
Meghan Croll, Sonoma State University
Olivia Elb, Colusa County Library
Ted Kane, Buena Park Library District
Courtney Kesinger, OC Public Libraries
Alma Madrigal-Ward, Madera County Public Library
Susie Quinn, LA County Library
Megan Ralston-Munger, Montery Park Bruggemeyer Library
Heidi von Mayrhauser, Lost Altos Library
Tamiko Welch, Los Angeles Public Library
Cloud Whorl, Moreno Valley Public Library
Katrena Woodson, Palos Verdes Library District
Taylor Ytuarte, Chula Vista Public Library

Leadership Challenge Cohort

Carmen Letona-Adams, San Mateo County Libraries
Amy Trulock, LA County Library
Natalie Vega, Chula Vista Public Library
Dee Winn, UCLA


Ivan Aguirre, Riverside County Library System
Marissa Murphy Becerra
Todd Deck, Sacramento Public Library
Robert Karatsu, Retired
Fin Lee, Alhambra Library
Akilah Manuel Mills, Lodi Public Library
Mandy Nasr, Camarillo Public Library


Projects from the 2022/2023 Cohorts have been added to CALL Academy.