Rick Holden, now retired, was the Executive Director of the San Jose Leadership Council. He also facilitated Community Leadership San Jose, an adult Leadership program that encouraged community involvement. He created and facilitated the San Jose Leadership Academy for high school juniors, which was operated with the support of the San Jose Unified School District.

A strong advocate for music, the arts, and education, Rick has been very involved with a variety of community organizations. As a teacher, he was President of the American Federation of Teachers Local 2390. He was a member of the San Jose Jazz Society Board for 14 years and served as Board President for 8 years. He has been on the boards of the Belle Foundation and We Players. He was on the San Jose Arts Commission from 2008-2015, and served as Chair of the Commission for three years. He is currently the chair of the Friends of Levitt Pavilion San Jose Board of Directors.

Rick is married to Sandra Moll and lives in downtown San Jose. They have a grown son and two grandsons. He enjoys spending time working on their koi pond and garden, which have been featured in several publications.