OUR PEOPLE

Leadership Gilroy is a program of the Gilroy Leadership & Education Foundation, a public benefit, 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The founding board sponsored its first Leadership Gilroy class in January of 1998. Today, the foundation strives to continue the goal of building strong leaders who are passionate about our community.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Konni Thomas

Konni Thomas owned and operated First Street Coffee House for over 10 years. Born and raised in Minnesota, Konni’s “Minnesota Nice” attitude has carried over into her support for a variety of local charitable organizations, including Rebekah’s Children’s Services, Community Solutions, Relay for Life, Operation Freedom Paws and Gilroy Little League. Konni is a wife and mom to two grown children and four well-loved canines. She is also an avid member of Crossfit Gilroy and encourages others to live healthy and keep fit. Konni is a graduate of Leadership Gilroy Class of 2010.

Joel Goldsmith




Barb Granter




Alecia Troy

Alecia Troy is Senior Marketing Manager for Sakata Seed America, a vegetable and flower seed company located in Morgan Hill. She’s lead, coordinated and implemented marketing communications activities for the company since 2011. Alecia is a graduate of Leadership Gilroy Class of 2008.

Randy Elder

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Trevor Van Laar

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Carlos Pineda

Chef Carlos Pineda is the Program Manager for the Culinary Academy and Kneaded Bakery at Rebekah Children Services. Carlos was born and raised in Gilroy and is a huge contributor to various community and service organization such as Gilroy Sunrise Rotary Club, Gilroy Chamber of Commerce, South County Young Professional’s Network, Gilroy Foundation and the Gilroy Exchange Club. Carlos is passionate about the community and enjoys learning how he can help make Gilroy a better place. Carlos is a graduate of Leadership Gilroy Class of 2014.


STAFF

Andrea Gamble

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Trevor Van Laar

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