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Leonard Weingarten


Leonard Weingarten has a rich track record in developing, marketing and managing successful business, nonprofit and civic partnerships, high profile events and economic development and workforce development programs. Currently, Leonard is the Director of Business Development at the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce. Before joining the Chamber in 2010, he was a Business Advisor with the Small Business Development Center, a national (federally funded) program that provides free and low cost services to current and future business owners. He directed various Marin and Sonoma County marketing activities and managed a two-county youth entrepreneurial program that exceeded its student participation goal by more than 700%.

Previously, at Enterprise for High School Students, a San Francisco city-wide youth employment agency, Leonard created a new department spearheading their partnerships with the business sector. During his tenure, Enterprise was nationally honored by the United States Department of Labor. With the United Way of the Bay Area, Leonard had record success fundraising.

Earlier in his career, some of his sports and entertainment achievements included managing marketing and public relations projects for two Summer Olympic Games, working with the Oakland Raiders and on fund raisers featuring Ray Charles. Leonard also designed a sports marketing/event management course which he taught at U.C. Berkeley for five years to an international audience.

Leonard has a B.A. from California State University, Chico and an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of San Francisco. A graduate of the San Rafael Leadership Institute and Leadership San Francisco, Leonard serves on the Advisory Board for the Barowsky School of Business at Dominican University and at the College of Marin is on the advisory committee for the Business and the Information Systems Department and Friends of the Indian Valley Campus.