Leadership development in communities of color

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Sun Sep 14 17:03:18 CDT 2003

From: "Rachel Poulain" <Rachel at policylink.org>

Leadership for Policy Change

Strengthening Communities of Color Through Leadership  

This new report from PolicyLink explains why there are so few 
leaders of color making policy, why their presence is important, and 
what must be done to increase their numbers.   

Leadership for Policy Change draws on interviews with more than 
one hundred leaders from the public sector, private industry, 
academia, and nonprofit organizations; a scan of 72 leadership 
development programs; and an extensive review of current 
leadership development literature.  The report describes the 
barriers to participation of leaders of color in local and national 
public policy development and the strategies that can be used to 
remove the barriers so that leaders can use their expertise and 
experience to benefit low-income communities of color and the 

Public and private policies profoundly affect everyone in the United 
States.  Everyone deserves to be represented in the policymaking 
process.  Leadership for Policy Change explains why that 
representation is necessary and how to make it happen.  

Copies of Leadership for Policy Change can be downloaded from 
the PolicyLink website, www.policylink.org.  Hard copies are 
available from PolicyLink, 101 Broadway, Oakland, California 
94607, or contact info at policylink.org.  

PolicyLink is a national nonprofit research, communications, 
capacity building, and advocacy organization dedicated to 
advancing policies to achieve economic and social equity based on 
the wisdom, voice, and experience of local constituencies.

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