The Transformative Leadership for Change Fellowship is designed to build the power & leadership of social change leaders in Colorado

Our Beginnings

Seven progressive organizations in Colorado that build power with low-income people and communities of color have come together to create a new state-wide transformative leadership development program for leaders of color. It will support their development, build community, and ensure the state ecosystem enables their leadership.

This group has spent more than a year grappling with the challenge, while building their relationships and deepening an understanding of what is missing in the leadership development landscape in Colorado. As such, they have become the Design Team and microcosm of what the TLC program will create – a connected set of leaders with a sharper analysis of structural barriers to success and an increased network of support.

Through 2015-2016, the Design Team’s research and experimentation phase was supported by the General Service Foundation and an expert consultant to anchor the Team’s learning and design process. In Spring 2017, the Design Team, with support of national consultants, developed a prototype of the TLC program informed by the research and experimentation phase. Other local and national funders have been a part of the development phase and will continue to play an important role with the fellowship as it grows.

Why is this important?

We are not alone in our mission to help support leaders of color and community. Read more about the importance of this work.


The Transformative Leadership for Change has a vision of strong, richly diverse, talented and passionate leaders that emerge, develop, continually grow and thrive, and, together build power with communities of color in Colorado.


  1. Build a diverse peer network of leaders of color committed to building power in Colorado who have high-level personal and organizational capacities as well as the strategic mindsets to collectively advance major social change in the state.
  2. Identify the culture and conditions in the Colorado progressive ecosystem that support or inhibit the success of leaders of color. Encourage leaders to experiment with collective action that could change the landscape, including creating a community of mutual support.

To accomplish these goals we will:

  • Identify and support emerging and current people of color leaders
  • Encourage strong ally-ship and relationships among diverse leaders
  • Increase representation of people of color in leadership positions throughout the movement

The Transformative Leadership for Change Fellowship (TLC) is a fellowship program designed to build the power and leadership of social change leaders of color in Colorado. TLC emerged from the ground up, as Executive Directors in Colorado recognized the need for deeper support and community, and worked together to fill a leadership-programming gap in the state.

Design Team includes:

  • Carla Castedo, Mi Familia Vota Colorado
  • Lizeth Chacon, Colorado People’s Alliance
  • Felicia Griffin, Partnership for Working Families (also fiscal sponsor)
  • Mike Kromrey, Together Colorado
  • Neha Mahajan, Organizing Director for Family Values @ Work
Meet the Design Team