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Leadership Development Institute

Started in 2012, WACAC’s Leadership Development Institute (LDI) is designed to develop emerging leaders on the post-secondary side. Participants serve in a middle management position (4+ years of experience preferred) and are nominated by their Dean or Director. LDI is a yearlong commitment during which participants attend a two day workshop in January and are paired with a mentor. That mentoring relationship continues throughout the year with additional meetings during the WACAC and NACAC conferences. The expectation is that once a person goes through the LDI, they will commit to some leadership role within WACAC.

Nominations for the Class of 2019 are open now and must be submitted by September 15th. Submit your nominations here.

If you have any questions, please contact Elena Wong at

Class of 2018


Esperanza Bernal, UC Berkeley
Marie Bury, Chapman University
Annie Frizzell Mills, DePaul University (regional)
Marcus Mason-Vivit, USF
Alex Ruiz, UC Riverside
Morgan Volkart, Lehigh University (regional)
Mike Walden, Pomona College


Mike Drish, UCLA
Michael Elgarico, Cal Lutheran
Robynne Lofton, Mills College
Kieron Miller, Whittier College
Dan Nannini, Santa Monica College
Lisa Rhone, USC
Laura Stratton, Scripps College