In the next step in a reorganization that started with a name change in 2013, the East Bay Leadership Council (formerly the Contra Costa Council) has announced that Lafayette resident, attorney, policy advisor and strategist Kristin Connelly has been named president and CEO.
The Council provides public policy advocacy on issues involving economic vitality and the quality of life in the East Bay.
Kristin Connelly, currently chief of staff for Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors Chair Karen Mitchoff, will also serve as executive director of the Contra Costa Economic Partnership, which provides outcome-based programs for job creation, infrastructure, workforce training and public policy research.
These two organizations were recently reorganized to increase institutional capacity and efficacy.
Connelly succeeds Tom Terrill, who has held the Council and Economic Partnership leadership positions since last May. Connelly will assume her new role by June 1, with Terrill transitioning to a full-time role as program director of the Contra Costa Economic Partnership. In this capacity, he will lead the implementation of a Regional Economic Strategy Plan.
“We are pleased to welcome Kristin in a new leadership role for the Council and the Economic Partnership,” said Council Chair Terry Bowen. “This is the logical next step in building the team to implement our regional advocacy strategy. Kristin has the perfect set of skills, energy, connections, vision and understanding of our advocacy issues to take the Council forward. Tom’s skills and background with the organization have allowed our board and officers to establish well-thought-out strategies to approach a wide range of public policy issues and membership growth. After thoughtfully guiding the Council through our reorganization, Tom can now focus his energies on developing programs for the Economic Partnership that will have a large and positive impact. With such talented leadership, the Council and Partnership are allies in the economic recovery of our region.”