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Rockwood Leadership Institute

The nationally recognized Rockwood Leadership Institute delivers best practices and leadership development methods to the nonprofit community. Rockwood’s vision is to develop thousands of inspired social change agents trained in partnership, communication, conflict resolution, team building, planning and producing powerful results.

Through the Community Leadership Project, Rockwood supports leaders of color who participate in an intensive leadership development program.

Regions Served: Greater San Francisco Bay Area, Central Coast and San Joaquin Valley
Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Marin, Merced, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus and Tulare counties

Phase 1 (2009-2012): $300,000
Phase 2 (current): $250,000

Program Details:
During Phase 1, Rockwood supported 18 leaders of color each year (54 over three years) through an ongoing leadership development program, the Fellowship for California Leaders of Color. Fellows participated in a suite of coordinated activities, including two multi-day leadership retreats, peer coaching and other leadership support over the course of four to eight months. The program provided tools on communication, emotional intelligence, self-management, team building, coaching and visioning skills.

Rockwood designed the program to meet the needs of community-based leaders of color in California. It incorporated these new approaches to enhance its core offerings for all audiences based on shared learning on how race and power affect leadership.

For Phase 2, Rockwood is providing training to 30 leaders of color over three years. Each leader will participate in the five-day Art of Leadership program, have access to professional coaching hours, and be invited to a refresher course that will reinforce new skills and foster collaboration among participants.

Selection Process:
Participants must be nominated for the program; self-nominations are accepted. Rockwood staff review the nominations, invite individuals to apply, review applications and conduct interviews.

Read more about the Rockwood program on our Highlights page.

Project Launched: Summer 2009


Project Contact:
Stacy Kono
(510) 251-2500 ext. 113