Project LEAD

What is Project LEAD?


Project LEAD empowers people who identify as BIPOC to take the first step toward board leadership.

Too many people of color are left out of leadership roles. We must change who is at the table in order to achieve racial equity in our community. You can make a difference through nonprofit board service.

For more than 29 years, we’ve been doing something to change that. Project LEAD—Leadership Effectiveness and Diversity—is a nonprofit board training program open to skilled, passionate and equity-centered BIPOC individuals.

The 1,000+ Project LEAD graduates are a testament to our community’s commitment to service and diversity. It’s crucial that we take a stand to make sure our community’s boards are representative of the communities they serve and that all voices have an equal seat at the table. You can be a part of that change.

Sauda Abdul Mumin headshot

“I chose to participate in Project LEAD because I believe in the power we all hold individual and collectively to impact and change the community we live in.”

—Sauda Abdul Mumin

LaHaun Moore headshot

“I chose to participate in Project LEAD due to its strategic intentions to make a continued impact in the community.”

—LaHaunn Moore

Vanessa Villa headshot

“Project LEAD is an amazing opportunity to grow my knowledge of how to be a responsible and effective leader in my community.”

—Vanessa Villa

Than Nguyen headshot

“I believe it is critical and necessary to understand the role and responsibilities when serving as a board member. Therefore, I applied to participate in Project Lead.”

—Than Nguyen

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“I have seen the impact we can have when leadership leads with courage, authenticity and a drive for excellence.”

—Yonas Fikak


How It Works


During this month-long intensive training, participants show up ready to listen, learn and participate. The program concludes with a graduation ceremony and agency fair, where graduates can meet representatives of nonprofit organizations that are seeking new members for their boards.

Training includes topics like:

  • Issues facing nonprofit organizations
  • Board operations and protocol
  • Collaboration and conflict resolution
  • Fiscal management
  • Strategic fundraising with a racial equity lens
  • Creating bold organizational strategies
  • Managing legal risk
  • Equity leadership

The program fee is $100. Participants will also be asked to fundraise $200 throughout the course of the program.


Sponsor Project LEAD


By sponsoring Project LEAD, you will be investing in working toward a better, more racially equitable future for our community and signaling to others that your organization is committed to supporting more equal leadership opportunities.


Thanks to our generous sponsors:

Project LEAD sponsors: Brighton Jones, Regence, K&L Gates, Fourth & Madison, Hines