Our grantees are tackling the structural barriers that stand in the way of leaders who truly reflect the people they serve. They are breaking new ground, developing innovative strategies, and pointing the way toward a future in which our leaders reflect our society's full range of talent and experience.

Build Community Power

  • Jessica Byrd’s Pathway Project is creating alternative gatekeeper networks that promote the political leadership of people of color.
  • Chrissie Castro’s Advance Native Political Leadership is creating a Native American candidate development program.
  • Oakland Rising is working to identify, recruit, and support diverse community leaders as potential candidates.

Clear a Path for Citizen Leaders

  • Texas Organizing Project Education Fund is developing a new project to promote diverse candidates for appointed seats on boards and commissions, a crucial site of power and potential pathway to holding elected office.

Transform Voting Systems

  • FairVote’s Elections Rules & Reflective Local Democracy project is analyzing the demographics of elected officeholders against factors such as nonpartisan ballots, at-large elections, timing of elections, and voter eligibility rules to understand which electoral systems correlate to officeholders who are more reflective of their communities.
  • Who Runs and Who Wins?, led by political scientists Paru Shah and Eric Gonzalez Juenke, is exploring how partisan support, political contributions, electoral structures, and campaigns impact the success of reflective candidates.

Confront Economic Barriers

  • Projects by Colleen Loper & Ross Peavey and Teresa Purcell & Elisabeth Sullivan explored approaches to leveling the economic playing field for pursuing elected office.

Building a Movement for Reflective Democracy

  • Public Leadership Institute (PLI) provides technical support and strategic guidance, facilitate collaboration, and work with the Campaign to develop findings for dissemination to advocates and activists in the field.