LV Leadership

Leadership Vallejo is a 501(c)3 Non-profit that is governed entirely by a volunteer board. Our Program Coordinator serves to create and implement all programs offered by Leadership Vallejo. Volunteers assist in the implementation and creation of student sessions.

 
 

Chief Jack McArthur, Vallejo Fire Department, Chair

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CHIEF Andrew Bidou, VALLEJO Police DEPARTMENT

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Rear Admiral Thomas Cropper, California Maritime Academy

Thomas A. Cropper is the 14th president of The California Maritime Academy. He began his presidency on July 1, 2012 after a 31-year career in the United States Navy.

Cropper graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in engineering operations and an NROTC commission. He served as the commanding officer of an F/A-18 strikefighter squadron and as commander of the air wing aboard USS NIMITZ.  Shore assignments included service as military assistant in the Office of Secretary of Defense William Cohen, and as the Navy Federal Executive Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He also led “Strike University” at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, served as chief of staff, U.S. 3rd Fleet, headed the Joint Chiefs of Staff Working Group developing national level security strategy, and led 24,000 people in combat operations as deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces, U.S. Central Command. Most recently, Cropper directed education and at-sea training for Navy ships and aviation squadrons deploying to the western Pacific and the Middle East.

Cropper holds master’s degrees from the U.S. Naval War College (National Security and Strategic Studies), the University of Tennessee (Aviation Systems) and the Catholic University of America (World Politics).

Cropper lives on the Cal Maritime campus in Vallejo, California with his wife Heather. Their two daughters attended CSU campuses and their son is a Class of 2012 alumnus of Cal Maritime.