Leadership Burbank


About Leadership Burbank

Leadership Burbank is a community-based organization that offers a nine-month leadership training program for people who live or work in Burbank.
Through a hands-on curriculum, leaders and emerging leaders have the opportunity to enhance their personal and professional skills, gain a deeper understanding of community dynamics, and build a network of colleagues and associates throughout our city.
It is hoped that graduates will use the insights and contacts they develop through this program to enhance performance in their current endeavors and to enrich the community by involvement with local civic, government, business, religious and/or nonprofit groups.

Board of Directors | Class Schedule | Supporters

Board of Directors

Executive Board

Joy Forbes
Community Development Director
City of Burbank

Board Development Chair
Greg Bowman (Ed.D)
Retired Superintendent
Burbank Unified School District

Vice President
Barry Gussow 
Keller Williams World Media Center

Tom Engman
King, King, Alleman, & Jensen

David Escobar
Vice President
UBS Financial Services

Board Member and Legal Counsel
Ernie Burger
Burger Law Group

Fundraising Chair
John Mazur
Senior Sales Account Executive

Gary Olson 
Burbank Chamber of Commerce

Michael Walbrecht
Vice President Public Affairs
Warner Bros.

Board Members

Jan Britz
Burbank Unified School District

Lucy Burghdorf
Public Relations and Government Affairs
Bob Hope Airport

Alethia Calagias
Community Relations Specialist
Logix Federal Credit Union

Michael Cusumano
Real Estate Investor
Cusumano Real Estate Group

Dan Evans
Times Community News Editor
Los Angeles Times

Vicki Fenton 
Director of Facilities
Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Dale Fontanez
Project Manager Technology Development
Sempra Utilities SoCal Gas Co.

Jessa Freemyer
Burbank Senior Apartments
Cusumano Real Estate Group

Barbara Howell
President and CEO
Burbank Temporary Aid Center

Jamie Keyser
Manager, Community Engagement
The Walt Disney Company

Barbara Miller
Burbank PTA Council

Eric Schockman
Woodbury University

Susan Sebastian
Boys & Girls Club Burbank

Nerissa Sugars
Short + Sweet Media

Mike Thomas
MT Commercial Cleaning Service, Inc.

Jef Vander Borght
The Vander Borght Group, Inc.

Shanna Warren
Chief Executive Officer
Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and GEV

Lee Wochner 
CEO & Creative Strategist
Counterintuity, LLC


Class Schedule

Leadership Burbank begins in September of each year and culminates with the graduation in May of the following year.

Classes are held one Friday per month for nine months. Each class will meet from 8 a.m. t o 5 p.m. and will focus on topics such as:

  • Principles of Leadership
  • Simulated Societies
  • Dynamics of Community
  • Economic Viability
  • Infrastructure
  • Arts and Education
  • Safety, Social Justice and Tolerance
  • Non-Profit Sector
  • Environment

The Leadership Burbank program is facilitated by the Department of Organizational Leadership at Woodbury University. 



  • Automation Plating Corp.
  • B&R Enterprises
  • Burbank Bob Hope Airport
  • Burbank Chamber of Commerce
  • Burbank Community YMCA
  • Burbank Temporary Aid Center
  • Burbank Council PTA
  • Burbank Unified School District
  • Burger Law Group
  • City of Burbank
  • Counterintuity, LLC
  • Cusumano Real Estate Group
  • Hotel Amarano
  • King, King, Alleman & Jensen
  • Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center
  • Sempra Utilities SoCal Gas Co.
  • The Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and GEV
  • Warner Brothers
  • Woodbury University