Welcome to the Lamorinda Living Podcast

This is a podcast facilitating personal and professional connections for residents of Moraga, Orinda and Lafayette.  Take a peek and a listen and find out what your neighbors are thinking about and doing.  And if you are a prospective resident, check it out and see if Lamorinda might be a good fit!


Hello!   I'm Jennifer LaForce and the host of the Lamorinda Living podcast.  I work as a community relations officer for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.  After years of interviewing immigrants, I am now trying my hand at interviewing my fellow neighbors.  Originally an East Coaster, raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, I graduated from  Colorado College and  George Washington University.    I  landed in California in 2005 following two years in Kenya where I worked in refugee resettlement.    I live with my husband and two elementary school kiddos in Moraga, and I'm a big fan of  Lamorinda!

To listen to an interview, click on the play icon below the picture or subscribe to the podcast by searching for Lamorinda Living in the the following podcasting apps:   Apple podcast , Google Play or Stitcher. 

Folks in the neighborhood

Moraga Safe Storage Campaign
Moraga Safe Storage Campaign


Allison is a mother of two who recently led the charge to pass gun safety storage law in Moraga.  She discusses the journey passing this ordinance and navigating a hot topic in her own backyard.

Mindful Littles Non-Profit
Mindful Littles Non-Profit


 Tanuka is an Orinda resident who left corporate America to start a non-profit called Mindful Littles aiming to foster courageous, compassionate youth.


Interview coming soon!

Square Baby Inc.
Square Baby Inc.


Katie and Kendall  are Orinda moms who were fed up with all the substandard baby food options.  They launched Square Baby in Orinda to offer parents a nutrient-packed  baby meal system. They share their trials and tribulations as well as the tea leaves pointing to a lot of future successes growing their  business!

Moraga Fire Chief
Moraga Fire Chief


David is the Moraga Orinda Fire Chief.  He talks with us about wildfire management in Lamorinda our  risk of future fires.  

Running an Elementary School
Running an Elementary School


Brian Sullivan is a Moraga father and the principal of Rheem Elementary in Moraga.  Brian shares the special sauce for making a great school.  And how it's not so different from basketball. 

Atomic D
Creative Director

Brian T. Nowac

Brian is a Moraga father and a co-founder of the S.F. based creative strategy firm Atomic D.   Brian discusses brand strategy and the importance of creating a supportive work culture.   


Interior Home Stylist
Interior Home Stylist

Rebecca LeIMBACH

Rebecca is a Moraga mother who provides interior styling to Lamorinda residents.  She talks about her eye for room improvements and how she helps residents without breaking the bank. 


10,000 Lunches Program
10,000 Lunches Program


Brett is a Moraga resident and  teacher at Joaquin Miller Middle School where he launched the 10,000 Lunches program. Students pack lunches that are then provided  to the homeless  in the East Bay.  Brett talks about how the program works and what lessons it conveys.


Drop Box and the Tech Industry
Drop Box and the Tech Industry

Billy Blau

 Billy is a Moraga father  who has been in the tech industry for 25 years, having worked at a startup, Oracle and Salesforce before landing at Dropbox as VP for Business Development.  Billy explains his role, skills he relies on to be successful in the tech industry and what he looks for when hiring.


Town Council and the Campaign to Save Painted Rock
Town Council and the Campaign to Save Painted Rock


Steve Woehleke is a  Moraga resident and town councilman who supported the campaign to Save Painted Rock which provides countless teens a free billboard on Moraga's famous hillside. He  speaks about the inner machinations of Town Council and how the sausage is really made!

 Child Protection
Child Protection

Dr. Lynnā McPhatter-Harris

Lynna is a Lafayette mother and psychologist who works to assist child welfare agencies improve their services.  A program associate for the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, Lynna talks about the challenges of state intervention into families and best practices to keep families intact whenever possible.


Teens and Addiction
Teens and Addiction

Dr. Ann Schiebert

 Dr. Ann Schiebert is a Lafayette resident and psychologist who specializes in teens and addiction issues.  Author of several books, Ann speaks about her own experience having an addicted child, the signs for parents to look for in a struggling teen and how to   respond when addiction comes into the home.

Lamorinda Moms
Lamorinda Moms

Kristin Oliveira Kraetsch

Kristin is an Orinda Mom and Co-Director of Lamorinda Moms.  This organization provides emotional and social support to families in Lamorinda. Kristin talks about their flagship initiatives for new moms who may be feeling overwhelmed. 

Kevin Hamilton

 Kevin is a Lamorinda dad and co-founder of the soon-to-open  Canyon Club Brewery.  Kevin will share how the idea germinated to launch a brewery in a town that misses the old barn and how he hopes this will do to Lamorinda what Sierra Nevada Brewing Company did for the town of Chico. 

Interview coming soon. 

Policing in San Francisco

Adam P

Adam is a Moraga dad and police sergeant.  He discusses police work in a major metropolitan area, use of force issues and what it's like to be photobombed by someone you once arrested.


Race and Diversity in Lamorinda
Race and Diversity in Lamorinda


Yukie is a mother asking the Lafayette school systems to take a deeper look at how race and diversity is taught in schools.  To this end, some Lafayette parents have created the Cultural Proficiency Working Group to engage the school district in ways to raise race consciousness practices at schools.

Comments or shout outs for interviewees? Share them here!

Comments: 5
  • #5

    Kelly Powell (Monday, 15 July 2019 12:56)

    I love this! What a great way to learn about local people doing amazing things for/in the community. Makes the depth of the community come through.

  • #4

    Dana (Sunday, 14 July 2019 17:42)

    Way to go, Jen! So far I've listened to the podcast with the M-O Fire Chief David Winnacker and it was fantastic! Very interesting and informative. By the way, your choices for Support Staff are top-notch! Everyone keep up the good work!

  • #3

    Kyra Nead (Saturday, 13 July 2019 12:20)

    Love this. Fresh and professional. Can't wait to listen to more podcasts.

  • #2

    haley (Thursday, 27 June 2019 00:22)

    You did great on this podcast Mom! Your hard work has paid off! Love you!

  • #1

    adam.plantinga@gmail.com (Monday, 24 June 2019 23:54)

    great job Allison. we miss you.


In-house (and in-family) musical consultant, David Warren provides the intro and outro "score" titled St. David's Train Station.   This song is a nod from his youth growing up on the Main Line outside Philadelphia.  Uncle David lives with his wife Sally in Hilton Head Island, SC.  Uncle David rocks...

Daughter Gracie serves as Chief Snack Officer and expert on all things related to elementary school fashion. 

Daughter Haley provides quality assurance to ensure her mom doesn't sound lame.