In 1993, one year after moving to Healdsburg with her family, Leah Gold helped organize a broad community effort to build a new playground in Giorgi Park. A few years later, she led the citizens' committee that crafted Healdsburg’s pioneering Urban Growth Boundary Initiative, to protect farmland from sprawl development and preserve Healdsburg’s small-town character. It passed by a wide margin in 1996, and similar measures have since been adopted by every city in Sonoma County.
Leah served on the Healdsburg City Council previously from 2000 - 2004, and as Mayor in 2003. Achievements of the Council and staff during her term include meeting or exceeding affordable housing goals, acquiring the Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve, developing Barbieri Park, creating pedestrian and river access at Badger Park, and planning and beginning construction of the Foss Creek Bicycle Path.
While earning her Masters degree in Education from San Francisco State University, Leah began her own educational consulting business, Learner Centric. She designs, writes and produces curriculum for adult learners on a variety of subjects: sales, product, management, and application training for corporate clients, and topics relevant to social work and law enforcement for her non-profit/government clients. Her husband Scott Landers is retired from the same business, and is a published author of fiction. Their son Nathan Landers graduated from Healdsburg High in 2004 and from Brown University in 2008, and is currently employed in digital marketing for the solar industry in San Francisco.
Leah takes particular pleasure in live music, and can usually be found at the Tuesday evening summer concerts in the Plaza. She is an avid traveler and welcomes every opportunity to practice her Spanish.