The Leaders of Color program launched in 2018 to elevate the tremendous talent of community-based leaders of color. Since then, 116 leaders have emerged from the program ready to bring change to their communities. These are their stories. Meet K Durell Cowan, a Leaders of Color alum from our class of 2022 in Memphis.
Welcome Terrell Wilson, Alumni Engagement Coordinator!
Meet Victor Horton, Program Manager in Washington, D.C.!
Meet Janna Rodriguez! Janna graduated from the Leaders of Color - New York program in 2020.
Meet Biena Depena! She graduated from the Leaders of Color - New York program in 2020.
Meet Arriell Quianna Gipson - a Leaders of Color alum, native Memphian, community advocate, curator of change, and a bold woman from a strong lineage of incredible women.
Q&A with National Advisory Board member Addisu Demissie, who has more than 20 years of professional experience in political advocacy and campaign strategy. He started his career as a legal and research assistant at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, fighting to preserve affirmative action and fight reactionary judicial appointments. In 2003, Demissie was a field organizer in Iowa for John Kerry’s successful Iowa caucus and has since led campaigns at the national, state, and local level for electoral, nonprofit, and corporate clients.
Our National Director Michael Bland shared his thoughts on diversity in elected positions in Blavity.
The Leaders of Color program was launched to support Black and Latino people as they work to become community leaders. Community leadership can mean a lot of things, including running for elected office. We are proud that two Leaders of Color alumni ran for office in the New York City election primaries in June 2021. Abou Diakhate (for Council District 49 in Staten Island) and Jermaine Sean Smith (for Council District 27 in Queens) both graduated from the Leaders of Color inaugural cohort in New York City in 2020.
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