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.

Conversation Series

Our Conversation Series focuses on a different topic each month, diving deep into issues impacting our communities. The series is on the Third Wednesday evening of every month.

OCTOBER: Advancing Racial Equity in the Time of Trump

This month’s CLI Conversation Series will be on the topic of race and regionalism.

Learn from and engage in discussion with leaders from multiple sectors providing perspectives on what is at stake and what it will take to achieve racial and gender equity in this political climate.

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
Columbia City Church of Hope Basement
3818 S. Angeline Street
Seattle, WA 98118

Bus #7, #49, light rail, and street parking available