Applications Now Open!

Why Apply?

  • Join a network of social equity advocates influencing policy decisions on local public boards and commissions.

  • Gain a deeper knowledge of and the ability to apply a race and class analysis to local and regional issues in areas such as transportation, child care, housing, land use, and economic development.

  • Participate in a facilitated learning community of field experts and trainers, advocate commissioners, grassroots organizers, and elected officials who will share best practices, lessons learned, and key concepts.

  • Learn commission skills like Parliamentary Procedure, the budget process, and how to advance an equity agenda.

Deadline for applications: Friday, February 12, 2016



We hosted an informational webinar about the 2016 Marin Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute on Thursday, January 21st, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm

About the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute

With roots in the Progressive Era (1890-1920), public boards and commissions are a bridge between residents and professional politicians. Their appointed members oversee key county and city agencies and advise elected officials and government employees on core policies and programs that impact the quality of life for all of our local residents. 

The Marin Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute was created to increase and sustain diversity in representation on local public Boards and Commissions, in order to support and advance social, economic, and environmental equity.

Through this 4-month program, we identify, educate, refer, and support members of politically under-represented communities with high potential to be appointed to and maintain seats on public decision-making & advisory bodies with influence in areas considered most important by our members and identified in our Policy Platform including housing, economic development, education, transportation, civic engagement, and child care.


#1 SaturdayMarch 12th 10 to 2pm

#2 ThursdayMarch 24th 6 to 8:30pm

#3 SaturdayApril 9th 10 to 2pm

#4 ThursdayApril 21st 6 to 8:30pm

#5 SaturdayMay14th 10 to 2pm

#6 ThursdayMay 26th 6 to 8:30 pm

Graduation Thursday, June 9th 6 to 8:30 pm

The Marin BCLI is engaging participants with a variety of experience and knowledge. Applications are accepted from local community members that live, work, and/or study in Marin and are affiliated with a local community-based organization.

For more information about the Marin Grassroots Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute, please contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (415) 491-4366 x304


Participants trained through the 2014 Marin Grassroots’ Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute are serving or have served on the following public Boards, Commissions and Committees:

  • Marin Women’s Commission

  • Marin Child Care Commission (former)

  • County Health and Human Services Community Advisory Committee

  • County of Marin Elections Advisory Committee

  • Marin Housing Authority Resident Advisory Board

  • Metropolitan Transportation Commission Policy Advisory Council

  • Democratic Central Committee of Marin

The following are testimonials from Commissioners about the importance of their service.

“I am honored to have been appointed a Director to the 4th District Agricultural Association, Sonoma-Marin Fair Board, by Governor Jerry Brown. Board membership affords me the highest opportunity to give back in service to a community that has given so much to me. Being instrumental, in molding the place I live to be the best it can be and leaving the community which has nurtured and supported me, better for the next generation, is what inspires me to public service.”

-Dr. Lois Moore, Director, Sonoma-Marin Fair/4th District Agricultural Association

“They only way that I as a parent am able directly to ensure local decisions and policies regarding Child Care are reflective of all socio-economic class in Marin is to join the Marin County Child Care Commission, since this Commission directly reports to and advises the Board of Supervisors regarding any polices on Childcare in Marin”

-Michelle Garcilazo, former Commissioner, Marin County Child Care Commission and graduate of the 2014 BCLI

“Currently, the educational focus seem to rest in the upper income level of our system, so it is my goal and focus to connect the environment world to the people in poverty, alerting them of how critical environmental education is to everyone who presently live on this earth and encouraging people of color to feel and be included.“

-Raphael Durr, Commissioner, Marin County Parks and Recreation Commission