Leaders of Color identifies, trains, and supports community-based Black and Latino civic leaders, empowering them with the tools and resources to advance educational equity and the broader cause of racial justice. The Leaders of Color program fills the gap between the tremendous talent of community-based leaders of color and the resources and investment required to empower those leaders to create lasting civic and electoral change.
We specifically support leaders who may not typically have the opportunities and institutional support to run for public office, helping them develop the skills and leadership experiences needed to make national and global impact.
Here’s how we do it:
Our intensive, 70-hour training program equips our fellows with the skills, knowledge, and network to become political and civic engagement leaders.
We support our alumni with ongoing personalized coaching to achieve tangible results in civic change.
We work to build connections in Black and Latino communities to build power and increase equity across sectors.
Leaders of Color alumni lead political and civic change to improve outcomes for our children.
William Snowden took his experiences as a trial lawyer and turned them into an effort to make sweeping changes to our incarceration system. As a Director at the Vera Institute of Justice and founder of The Juror Project, William works to bring justice to all.
Sheleah, a graduate from our Memphis program, brings a lifetime of commitment to underserved youth and families to her role as a Shelby County Schools board member in Memphis, TN.
Leaders of Color-Memphis graduate Marquita Bradshaw became the first Black woman to win the Democratic Senate Primary in Tennessee and the first Black woman to win a Senate Democratic Primary in the American South in 2020.
Tatiana has spent nearly a decade working on political campaigns with Redhorse Strategies in New York City. She has worked in all campaign roles from manager to organizer. In addition to campaign work, she was a Community Organizer for the IDNYC Program, an initiative with the Mayor’s office and the Department of Homeless Services. Ms. Rivera also spent time working with HRA HEAP, and at Girls Incorporated, where she facilitated diversity work and managed a database of prominent Latinas.
Our monthly newsletter provides a snapshot of our work to build Black and Latino civic engagement and political power in our communities.