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We are now accepting nominations for our 2024 Summer Mark Whisler Boards & Commissions Leadership Institute.

Deadline for applications is July 12th.

About BCLI:

The Mark Whisler Boards & Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI) provides public policy training for our Sacramento area community advocates. It's time that neighborhood leaders have not just a voice, but a seat on the dais.

For our training institute, we seek out and recruit people from low-income communities and communities of color who have a proven track record of leadership as social justice advocates in their neighborhoods. They’re distinguished by a passion to change systems by learning the important aspects of public policy development from the inside. We deeply invest in each cohort through our 6-week BCLI fellowship, which teaches advocates how to understand complex and intersecting policy arenas, navigate the culture and language of commissions, and build effective relationships in and outside the commission.

Public policy topics covered by the BCLI: 

Power, Privilege & Structural Racialization

Land Use and Affordable Housing

Robert's/Rosenberg's Rules of Order, Ethics & Storytelling

Health Equity & Environmental Justice

Education Equity

Transportation Justice

Workplace Equity/Labor 101

Time Commitment: 

(6) Consecutive Saturdays 

Launch Celebration: Friday, July 26th, 5:00 - 6:00pm via Zoom w/ Keynote Speaker TBD
Saturday Sessions: 10:00am - 4:00pm (a light breakfast & coffee will be provided at 9:30am & lunch at noon)

Session Dates: July 27th * August 3rd * August 10th * August 17th * August 24th * August 31st + Graduation Ceremony based on Cohort's schedules.

2021 BCLI Cohort

Each candidate should follow these steps in order to be considered as a BCLI Fellow:

1. Locate a Nominator. All BCLI Fellows must be nominated by either a BCLI alum, or by a community leader or organization with which the candidate has been affiliated.​

2. Have your Nominator complete & submit the Nomination Application via this link: 


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