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The Drive



The Drive podcast, a production of Capital Public Radio and the American Leadership Forum - Mountain Valley Chapter, reveals the personal stories behind local changemakers. Host Katie McCleary (Class XIX) talks with leaders in the greater Sacramento area about the moments that made them who they are and the lessons they’ve learned along the way. 



Katie McCleary, MFA, grew up in the wilds of Northern Idaho with a sibling with severe disabilities. Her childhood experiences of living in rural America shaped her into a writer and storycoach who is driven to make the world less lonely and more connected through the sharing of authentic stories by a multiplicity of voices. She is the force behind the creation of 916 Ink, an innovative literacy nonprofit in the greater Sacramento region that she founded in 2010. In 2014, Katie was named one of Sacramento’s 40 Under 40 by the Sacramento Business Journal. In 2015, named Katie one of 15 "Real Miss America's" in the nation for her work with vulnerable populations. In 2016, she began a prison writing project at Old Folsom prison with 40 incarcerated men. In 2017, she launched “River Rock Books,” a publishing company dedicated to bringing Sacramento voices to market. Her latest company, Paper Wings Creative, takes groups of busy people on creative reprieves to refill their cups. Her creative work has appeared in Hip Mama, Susurrus, The Tule Review, Sacramento Magazine, and Sacramento News and Review. She serves on the school board of Visions in Education, is a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum and a national facilitator in the Amherst Writers and Artists’ Method. You can learn more about her


Pilot Series: Season 1

Featuring the personal stories of leaders in the American Leadership Forum, The Drive 6 episodes pilot series seeks to understand the defining moments that have shaped everyday people who fuel culture, business, policy, and life in the Sacramento region. All Season 1 episodes are available now on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.

Episode 1: featuring Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center's CEO, Faith Whitmore (Class II) on Grace and Forgiveness

Episode 2: featuring Sacramento artist, William Ishmael (Class XII) on Transformation and Relationships

Episode 3: featuring Principal Financial Group's Managing Director, Marco Rodriguez (Class XI) on Positivity and Education

Episode 4: featuring Insera Energy's CEO, Vikram Janardhan (Class XVII): Curiosity and Sacrifice

Episode 5: featuring Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer of Lucas Public Affairs, Cassandra Pye (Class X): Confidence and The High Road

Episode 6: featuring Sacramento Police Department's Chief of Police, Daniel Hahn (Class XV): Tough Love And Compassion


Stay tuned for The Drive: Season 2 in 2020!


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