The Center for Progressive Leadership (CPL) is a national civic training institute that develops diverse leaders who can effectively advance progressive political and policy change. The Center for Progressive Leadership has trained over 6,000 leaders through intensive, nonpartisan leadership programs primarily in our state offices (currently Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, and Wisconsin).
CPL was founded by a broad and diverse group of progressive leaders from around the country who saw crucial gaps in training, mentorship, coaching, and support for progressive campaign, organization, community, policy and political leaders.
Our Training Programs
State Fellowships - 9-months of intensive training for 40-60 of the top leaders in each state, including weekend workshops, individual and small group coaching, project-based work, networking and mentorship.
New Leaders Program - Connects talented youth of color and GBLT youth from across the country with paid positions at leading progressive organizations and provides leadership training, mentorship and coaching.
Partnership Trainings - Joint training programs with local and national progressive organizations.
Long-Term, Comprehensive Leadership Training
CPL focuses on providing comprehensive, long-term leadership development for diverse civic leaders across the country.
Our programs utilize a variety of techniques, including interactive workshops, mentorship, leadership coaching, field work, and peer networking and support.
In our programs, we focus on a select set of political leadership areas, including:
Progressive Philosophy, Vision and Values
Strategic and Campaign Planning
Communications and Messaging
Core Leadership Skills
Diverse Leaders Creating Change
CPL works in states across the country, including Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.
In each area, CPL targets and recruits leaders from communities which have traditionally lacked access to political power, including women, people of color, and GLBT individuals.
Our diverse set of leaders include individuals who are working at every level of civic involvement, including:
- Future Candidates and Public Officials
- Advocacy and Nonprofit Leaders
- Community Organizers and Activists
- Policy, Government and Media leaders
Across CPL's long-term leadership programs, 60% of our participants have been women and almost 50% people of color.
The diversity of our alumni reflect CPL's deep-rooted commitment to engage new leaders in the progressive movement.
Learn More :
For general information about CPL,
For information about donating to CPL, visit our donations page.
For information about our programs, see our programs overview.