How to Apply or Nominate a Candidate

Nomination Process and Steps

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 7-25 of the BCLI Nomination Packet for Target Seats).
  3. Complete & Submit the Nomination Packet Materials. See pages 4-6 of the 2018-2019 Nominations Packet for more details about the materials to submit. The Targeted Seats list is here: 2018 – 19 Targeted Seats List

“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

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 

Nomination Packet

All Nomination Packets must include (all submitted together by the candidate) the five following documents:

Completed by the Nominator:

  1. Nominating Letter
  2. Nomination Cover Sheet

Completed by the Candidate:

  1. Nominee Cover Sheet
  2. Letter of Interest
  3. Current Resume

Deadline to Apply or Nominate

The 2018-2019 nominations process is now closed.

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 Coordinator, Mr. Chai Lee, if you have any 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.