How to Apply or Nominate a Candidate

Application Process

2023-24 BCLI applications are due Monday August 21, 2023 by midnight!

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 organization with which the candidate has been affiliated. Each organization and each BCLI alum may nominate only one candidate each year. This is to ensure shared accountability throughout the communities in which we are targeting board and commission seats and a diverse cohort of multiple networks. If you do not know of an affiliated organization who can serve as your Nominator, contact BCLI staff to try to identify an organization in your interest area to serve as your Nominator.

2) Identify Your Target Board or Commission Seat

Discuss with your Nominator which seat you would like to target based on your interest and experience. (See Pages 10-30 of the BCLI Nomination Packet for Target Seats). The Targeted Seats List is HERE: 2022-2023 BCLI Targeted Seats List Final

3) Ideal Nominees Must:

  • Be personally focused on advancing equity for people of color and other underrepresented communities
  • Be 18 years of age
  • Meet the residency requirements of the board or commission they are interested in sitting on (i.e. live, work, own business, etc.)
  • Commit to attending all monthly trainings and events
  • Commit to serving on a board or commission after completion of the BCLI

“It’s time for a game change to begin to happen. So I’m seeing our fellows as game changers. And pace-setters. So we can break the cycles that exist…. It’s time for something new.”
—Reverend Dr. Nekima Levy-Pounds, 2013 BCLI Launch Event

Please watch this recorded Info Session to learn more about the program!

Online Application

If you are ready to apply, please apply here using the two portals below.

Completed by the Nominator:

  1. Nominator Form
  2. Nominator Letter

BCLI application – Form for Nominators

Completed by the Nominee:

  1. Applicant Form
  2. Statement of Interest
  3. Resume

BCLI Application – Form for Nominee

Need more information? Review our detailed program cycle and timeline to apply or nominate next year, and please join us for our Issue Series, which are free and open to the public from November to April each program year. Please contact the Program Manager, Mr. Chai Lee, if you have any additional questions or for more information at

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This program has been adapted from the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute originally created by Urban Habitat in Oakland, California.