• Story By: Chai Lee

Nexus Community Partners is excited to announce the new nomination/application packet for 2017-2018 Twin Cities Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI). Already in its fifth year, the BCLI trains people of color and other underrepresented communities to serve publicly appointed boards and commissions in support of a racial and economic equity agenda. The full nomination packet is available on the Nexus website. Nominations are due via email or postmarked on Friday, June 16, 2017 at midnight.

The BCLI is a seven month fellowship institute that runs from October to April. Fellows are trained in the content, political and technical skills to set them up for success in their service on a board or commission which is all provided with a racial and economic equity lens. Fellows are expected to commit to the monthly training sessions, which include one full-day Saturday Session each month and attendance at our all five of our monthly Thursday Night Issue Series, where we present on current issues in our topic areas of economic development, health, housing, transit and workforce development. The Thursday Night Issue Series are also open to the general public.

Nexus will hold three information sessions in Brooklyn Park on May 18th, St. Paul on May 31st, and North Minneapolis on June 8th all in the evening to present more details about the program and answer questions from potential applicants. BCLI alumni will also be present to share their experience in the program. Email reminders to attend the information sessions will be sent out two weeks before each session.

Come to one of our three Info Sessions!

 May 18, 2017      Information Session  (Brooklyn Park)

5:30-7 PM Brooklyn Park Library:Shingle Creek Room

8500 W. Broadway Ave.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445


 May 31, 2017      Information Session  (St. Paul)

5:30-7 PM Rondo Library: Multipurpose Room

461 Dale St N

St Paul, MN 55104


 June 8, 2017      Information Session  (Minneapolis)

5:30-7 PM North Regional Library:North Regional Meeting Room, South Half
1315 Lowry Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55411



The Twin Cities BCLI is an adaptation from the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute originally created by Urban Habitat in Oakland, California.

If you have any questions, please contact the Nexus BCLI staff below:


Chai Lee

Program Coordinator

Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute

Nexus Community Partners

2314 University Ave W, Suite 18

St. Paul, MN 55114

(651) 289-7029


Terri Thao

Program Director

Nexus Community Partners

2314 University Ave W, Suite 18

St. Paul, MN 55114