Learn. Connect. Lead.

Building and sustaining great organizations requires compassionate, connected and competent leadership. Leaders who are committed to these qualities and embrace learning and growth create great teams. Great teams give organizations the capacity to achieve their mission.

CVNL's Learning and Leadership Programs

CVNL announces new scholarships for BIPOC nonprofit leaders in Marin, Napa, Sonoma, and Solano Counties.


Excellence in Leadership (elp)

The Excellence in Leadership Program (ELP) is a focused, immersive program with over 30 hours of teaching and coaching from expert faculty and nonprofit professionals.

Spring session in person March 21  – May 16

Management Essentials Series

This five-session learning series is designed to support any nonprofit professional who manages people. Ideal for newly promoted managers, experienced managers, and management teams.

Spring session via Zoom Feb. 16  – March 16

Grant Writing Certificate

A four-session series to build capacity to build the grant proposal program within your nonprofit.  The series conducted on Zoom consists of lectures, scenario-based learning, and group discussions that reinforce the material, involves peer review and includes writing exercises. 


Spring session via Zoom March 1  – March 22

Leading for equity and inclusion

Build capacity & skill for authentic inclusion within your nonprofit through personal leadership skills & style that make space for real belonging & inclusion while also developing a plan of action focused on your organization.

Spring session in person March 30 – May 4

Board Governance boot camp

Solid and smart boards are critical to the health of your nonprofit organization. This four-part series helps organizations diagnose their board needs and equip their board members with the training and resources to take their leadership to the next level.

Spring session via Zoom April 12 – May 3

Program Development
&Program Evaluation

Nonprofit organizations need to design thoughtful programs that garner stakeholder support and achieve high impacts. From needs assessments and environmental scans to stakeholder engagement, you must thoroughly understand all the steps necessary to design, implement, and evaluate successful programs.

Summer session via Zoom June 7 – 28

Peer learning network

As the nonprofit sector constantly evolves, so does the leadership savvy that organizations need from their staff. CVNL understands the importance of a consistent forum where nonprofit professionals can connect with each other to exchange best practices and resources.

New Scholarships Available

CVNL is pleased to offer a limited number of partial scholarships to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who are leaders or managers of CVNL member organizations based in or serving Marin, Napa, Sonoma and Solano Counties, as well as smaller CVNL member organizations with limited budgets.


Partial scholarships are available for the Learning & Leadership Intensive Series: Excellence in Leadership, Management Essentials, and Leading for Equity and Inclusion.


These scholarships are made available by generous grants from the County of Marin, the Peter A., and Vernice H. Gasser Foundation, the Community Foundation of Sonoma County, and the Solano County Community Foundations.

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Meet our Director,
Scott Peterson

Scott has built a career communicating across boundaries and building collaborations to strengthen communities. Ranging from experience working cross-culturally in southern Africa to multi-sector public affairs in the Bay Area, he connects people and ideas for meaningful outcomes in leadership development, policy advocacy and economic development. Read more

Scott B. Peterson, CVNL Director of Learning & Leadership
"Whatever your life's work is, do it well."
- Dr. Martin Luther King, JR.
American religious leader and civil-rights activist