Our Community Leadership Institute is a fellowship program that supports, trains and places emerging leaders from low-income communities and communities of color to sit on local boards and commissions.

Most leadership programs prepare people for elected office, advocacy, and organizational leadership. However, moving a regional equity agenda requires an ability for long-term participation in government functions, especially in advisory bodies like boards, commissions, and even task forces.

We have seen time and time again that barriers to entry into positions of decision-making power greatly hinders our capacity to influence long-term planning and policy in the region. In particular, people of color are under-represented on the boards, commissions and advisory bodies that influence major decisions at the local and regional level.

Patrice Thomas, 2015-2016 CLI

Our Community Leadership Institute is a six-month long fellowship rooted in a values based curriculum focused on racial and social justice.

The fellowship trains emerging leaders in issues such as affordable housing, land use, transit, climate and economic development. Graduates learn the nuts and bolts of local government processes, such as municipal budget, parliamentary procedures, and lawmaking as well as advocacy, storytelling and communication skills.

Meet the 2017-2018 CLI Cohort

Join us for the graduation of our 2017-2018 CLI cohort!

Puget Sound Sage invites anyone who is passionate about advancing equity for underrepresented communities to join us for our Community Leadership Institute Graduation!

Friday, March 23

Seattle City Hall
Bertha Knight Landes Room
600 Fourth Ave
Seattle, WA 98104


There will be free onsite childcare, dinner, and translation services upon request.