Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute: Preparing Individuals to Serve Their Communities

Leadership is a key component of community success. Representatives of low-income communities and communities of color are often absent from many leadership arenas, including decision-making bodies such as planning commissions, parks boards and other appointed governmental bodies. Developing the leadership capacity in the diverse and historically underrepresented communities in the Sacramento area is a key focus of CORE, and has brought CORE into a partnership with Urban Habitat, a Bay Area non-profit organization.

Urban Habitat’s Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute identifies, trains, places, and supports low-income people and people of color for priority boards and commissions seats in the San Francisco Bay Area. Priority seats are those that influence equity in terms of transportation, land use, housing, jobs, and the environment. This “seats first” model is the first of its kind in the nation.

In a program informed by Urban Habitat’s successful BCLI, CORE will develop leaders who are knowledgeable about land use, transportation, and community health issues, and are prepared with technical and political knowledge. This program will train community members from low-income communities and communities of color in fields including land use and the built environment, health, economic development and transportation, as well as in the logistical and procedural methods used by elected and appointed bodies to conduct meetings. Graduates will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to effectively and knowledgably participate as members of boards and commissions in the Sacramento region.

This program will improve the diversity and accountability of the region’s boards and commissions. To learn more about the program, read this document: BCLI Overview 2012.


The First Cohort Has Graduated!

The Sacramento Housing Alliance, and its project the Coalition on Regional Equity, are proud to present the graduates of the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute. The First Cohort of the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute has just graduated from the five month, 80 hour leadership development program. The cohort includes eleven leaders from the region who have been trained in the skills and expertise that will enable them to effectively serve on boards and commissions throughout the Sacramento region related to land use, health, housing, transportation, and similar issues important to their communities.

To learn more about the graduates, read this document:

BCLI Graduate Announcement 2012.


2012 Cohort Recruitment

We are currently seeking a qualified, diverse, and dedicated Second Cohort for the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute. Information on nominations and the selection process is detailed in the documents below. If you have any questions, please contact Kendra Bridges.

Nominations will be accepted from March 12 through May 11.

BCLI Overview 2012: Provides background information on the program.

BCLI Guidelines for Nomination 2012: Details who should be nomination, and how nominations are submitted.

BCLI Nomination Cover Sheet 2012: Cover sheet to accompany all nominations.

BCLI Priority Seats 2012: Details the priority boards and commissions seats that have the potential to influence equity in the region, with information on availability.


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