New Report: Leadership for Policy Change

Posted by on September 19, 2003

[Democracy Dispatches]

Leadership for Policy Change Strengthening Communities of Color Through Leadership Development

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 nation.

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, Hard copies are available from PolicyLink, 101 Broadway, Oakland, California 94607, or contact

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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