Representation Matters

Local government boards and commissions make important decisions for our communities, but they are often run by people who don't live in our communities or represent our needs. Our boards and commissions training program empowers community leaders and social justice advocates to bring our community's voice to the table by earning appointments to Inland Empire boards and commissions.

Our leaders bring the perspective of equity and their experiences in the community to local boards and commissions. Through diverse leadership, we create a government that is truly by the people and for the people of all communities in the Inland Valley.


Our Program

Our Boards & Commissions Training is a five month program where Fellows gain integrated perspectives on relevant social justice issues, technical and advocacy skills, and networking. Fellows learn from a variety of other community advocates and elected officials how to leverage their own experience, skills, and network to build influence and represent the voice of their community when appointed to a board or commission.

Meet our 2017 Boards and Commissions Training Fellows.


Are You A Voice For Our Community?

Interested in applying to be the next Boards and Commissions Training Fellow? Ideal candidates are community leaders and advocates who are committed to social justice and are representative of and accountable to communities of color and other underrepresented communities.

Candidates are encouraged to be:

  • Experienced working across sectors
  • Knowledgeable about local/regional planning or policy
  • Knowledgeable of public policy processes
  • Professional, well-regarded among advocates and decision-makers.

Nominees or applicants must reside in San Bernardino County, Riverside County, or Coachella Valley and be committed to working on issues of equity and social justice. Contact Josephine at to learn more.