The San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to welcome Dan Rivoire— a former SLO city council member, a local leader with years of nonprofit directing experience, a long-term and strategic thinker, and a Leadership SLO class 19 alumnus— as our new Executive Director for Leadership Development. In this role, Rivoire will be tasked in directing both Leadership SLO and Insight Studio, programs that are complementary as they both seek to educate, inspire and connect our community.
Rivoire was chosen through a rigorous selection process. A six-member search committee was comprised of three individuals appointed by the Leadership SLO Board of Directors (Ron Yukelson, Ryan Hostetter, and Janice Fong-Wolf), and three from the SLO Chamber Board of Directors (Monica Grant, LeBren Harris, Lee Johnson). SLO Chamber President and CEO Jim Dantona worked with committee Chair Ron Yukelson to shepherd the months-long process that attracted dozens of candidates from across the country.
Rivoire will succeed Sandi Sigurdson, who retires after 10 years as Executive Director of Leadership SLO. “Dan was in my first Leadership SLO class,” Sigurdson said. “I have witnessed first-hand the kind of person and professional that he is. Dan is a servant-leader: a community-minded social justice champion with the ability to reach beyond what is expected of him. I’m grateful to Jim and the Search Committee for finding us a great new leader.”
“I’m totally exhilarated by this opportunity. I’ve long dreamt of working alongside the Chamber team and finding the best possible way to give back to Leadership SLO,” Rivoire said. “It is such a tremendous privilege to have the chance to work hands-on to further the already robust legacy created by past and current Leadership SLO alumni, directors, and staff.”
With more than 1,000 alumni across SLO County, Leadership SLO is a dynamic, diverse and pioneering program launched by and housed at the SLO Chamber. Alumni of the program are leaders in every industry sector, and as an alumnus Rivoire brings an intimate knowledge of the program that he will direct.
“Dan’s many years of living in San Luis Obispo and serving our community through his work in the private, nonprofit and public sectors make him the ideal person to bring people together to learn, grow and innovate,” Chamber CEO Jim Dantona said. “The Chamber has been so blessed to have had the brilliance of Sandi Sigurdson at the head of Leadership SLO. I know Dan’s talent, passion and experience will elevate Leadership SLO and Insight Studio, two already very well-respected programs.”
Rivoire holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Cal Poly. After falling in love with SLO town, he hasn’t looked back. Rivoire’s management roles include service as Vice President of Wholesale and Organizational Development at iFixit and leading all operations and advocacy as Executive Director at Bike SLO County. Rivoire also served the community as a SLO City Council member for a four-year term from 2014-2018. He was named as one of The Tribune’s “Top 20 Under 40” in 2010, an award for individuals making a significant contribution to community success and well-being.
“Being a part of Leadership SLO class 19 challenged me and guided me toward a better and more meaningful life,” Rivoire said. “Now having the chance to guide the SLO Chamber Leadership Development programs so that they can serve others in our community is a dream come true.”
Rivoire’s official introduction to the community will be at the October Good Morning SLO program on October 24.