San Diego Leaders

San Diego Leaders launched in 2015 with support from the Social Equity Funders (SEF) collaboration. It is also a collaboration, one that brings together local nonprofit and advocacy organizations to connect leadership development efforts and create a countywide network focused on empowering leaders in under-represented communities who can advance social justice policy agendas and achieve positions of influence. Find more information about their members and work at the SDL website.

Financial support for SDL came from Satterberg Foundation, The Parker Foundation, The California Endowment, and Ford Foundation.

SDL's key strategies and objectives include:

  • Establishing strong, productive relationships among leadership development programs that lead to a sustainable, networked system
  • Mapping how leaders receive (or do not receive) needed training to achieve their leadership goals as a tool to improve the overall system
  • Creating an online, interactive resource list of leadership development programs and opportunities (elected and appointed positions)
  • Supporting the current and emerging needs of stakeholders to build the networked leadership development system
  • Identifying long-term sustainability resources for the networked leadership development system, including local and national awareness

San Diego Leaders' Planning Participants

The following organizations participate in the San Diego Leaders Working Group. Opportunities for other organizations that actively work on issues related to social equity to participate in the SDL are forthcoming.

  • Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)
  • Asociación de Liderazgo Comunitario (ALC)
  • Alliance San Diego
  • Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI)
  • City Heights CDC
  • Employee Rights Center (ERC)
  • Engage San Diego
  • Environmental Health Coalition (EHC)
  • Farm Worker Care Coalition
  • Interfaith Worker Justice-San Diego (IWJ-SD)
  • Justice Overcoming Boundaries
  • Metropolitan Area Advisory Committee (MAAC)
  • Mid-City Community Advocacy Network (Mid-City CAN)
  • Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA)
  • Paving Great Futures
  • Pillars of The Community
  • Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest
  • San Diego Organizing Project (SDOP)
  • The San Diego LGBT Community Center San Diego
  • Unitarian Universalist Refugee and Immigrant Services and Education (UURise)
  • United Taxi Workers (UTWSD)
  • Urban League

SDL Collaborative Action Research Grants Fall 2016 - Total Funded: $344,200

Candidate and Campaign Manager Pipeline Project: A non-partisan leadership development program committed to addressing the growing demand to engage, empower and prepare social justice-minded leaders with the skills and strategies to move into positions of local leadership as elected officials and campaign managers.

  • Lead Organization: Alliance San Diego
  • Partner Organizations: New American Leaders Project (NALP) , Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA), Pillars of the Community, Wellstone Action
  • Grant Amount: $50,000

Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute: The Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute identifies new leaders and supports/trains existing leaders in Boards and Commissions to build capacity in communities that have been largely underrepresented and disenfranchised.

  • Lead Organization: Center on Policy Initiatives
  • Partner Organizations: Environmental Health Coalition, Alliance San Diego, SD Labor Council, Building Trades, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), City Heights CDC, SD Housing Federation
  • Grant Amount: $80,000

Leaders in Housing and Transportation Justice: EHC and ACCE partnering to increase the connection between their leadership development resources and jointly grow the power of underrepresented communities on the issues of housing, transportation, redevelopment, and displacement.

  • Lead Organization: Environmental Health Coalition
  • Partner Organizations: Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)
  • Grant Amount: $100,000

Paving Great Futures' Leadership Development and Community Civic Engagement Project: Four point grassroots intervention strategy, through partnership with National Conflict Resolution Center to eliminate the information and participation gap in the underrepresented community of Southeastern San Diego.

  • Lead Organization: Paving Great Futures
  • Partner Organizations: National Conflict Resolution Center-- Southern Eastern San Diego Branch
  • Grant Amount: $50.000

North County Immigrant Leadership Project: Formalizing relationships and developing synergistic systems that will expand leadership development opportunities for all North County immigrant individuals and families.

  • Lead Organization: Unitarian Universalist Refugee and Immigrant Services and Education
  • Partner Organizations: FarmWorker CARE Coalition, North County Immigration Task Force
  • Grant Amount: $64,200

Download list of CAP Grants Fall 2016