About the People of Color Leadership Network

The People of Color Leadership Network at the Research Center for Leadership in Action strengthens communities of color by supporting leadership by and for people of color.

The need to both lift up and support leadership by people of color is made more urgent by the dearth of positions of authority held by people of color despite demographic and workforce shifts. People of color make up one in three people in the US – a figure projected to increase to 54 percent by 2042. Yet 2011-2012 data from BoardSource and the D5 Coalition show that the number of people of color holding nonprofit and foundation CEO positions hovers around 10 percent.

The aim of the Network is to play an important role in connecting people of color to exchange best practices and support each other, in strengthening their development as leaders and managers at all levels within organizations, in promoting their engagement in relevant diverse networks where they can collaborate around common visions, and in expanding the impact they have individually and collectively within organizations, systems and on a global scale on issues of public importance.

The Network’s work begins with the launch of the IGNITE Fellowship for Women of Color Leaders in the Social Sector. The nine-month fellowship celebrates and nurtures the leadership of mid-career women of color in nonprofits across the US. 

The People of Color Leadership Network is part of our broader work to build knowledge and capacity for leadership to transform society and NYU Wagner and RCLA’s longstanding commitment to developing more diverse and inclusive public service leadership.

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