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

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.

CVNL’s L & L Programs:

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.

Rooted in experiential education pedagogy, Scott designs and facilitates transformational learning encounters for participants to build relationships, practice problem-solving, and acquire new skills. Scott started his career running a study abroad program for Americans in Zimbabwe. When he returned to California, he developed a deep connection to civic engagement while directing the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs. More recently, through Leadership for Educational Equity, he supported teachers and school leaders to build leadership skills for transforming public education systems around the country.

Scott has also advocated for community and economic development through public-private partnerships in the East Bay. He focused on job creation, land use, and transportation with both the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the East Bay Economic Development Alliance.

In his free time, Scott is a licensed referee for youth and college soccer. He also enjoys hiking, fishing, and camping as well as getting lost on his motorcycle.

Scott B. Peterson, CVNL Director of Learning & Leadership

Meet our Program Coordinator, May Congdon

May was born and raised in Marin County, and grew up involved with local nonprofit organizations as a volunteer and program participant. During her 8th through 12th grade years, she served as a volunteer tutor with Bridge the Gap College Prep in Marin City, and was nominated for CVNL’s Heart of Marin Award in 2012. She is thrilled to join CVNL as a staff member to give back and become more involved with local nonprofit programming and community-building.

May graduated from Williams College with a BA in Women’s Studies in 2017. After returning to the Bay Area, she gained experience in public health as a medical assistant and health educator, and deepened her involvement with local nonprofit organizations as a volunteer, fundraising assistant, and board member with YES! (Yes to Consent). May advanced her skills in project management, financial analysis, and administration via online courses and independent projects. She brings these skills and a passion for constant growth and discovery with her to the Membership Engagement & Program Coordinator position at CVNL.

CVNL May Congdon
"Whatever your life's work is, do it well."
- Dr. Martin Luther King, JR.
American religious leader and civil-rights activist