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The nomination period is closed for the
2022 Mark Whisler Boards & Commissions Leadership Institute.

2023 BCLI session dates are TBD. For more information email:

About BCLI:

The 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

Transportation Justice

Workplace Equity/Labor 101

Time Commitment: 

(6) Consecutive Saturdays 

Sessions: 10:00am - 5:00pm in person at Organize Sacramento

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: 


QUESTIONS? Email us at:

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