In 2020, LCV Education Fund (LCVEF) launched a grant program to support Boards and Commissions Fellowship programs led by our state affiliates. Fellows are drawn from our state affiliates and allied community organizations. The fellowship is intended to recruit racially diverse, values-aligned environmental leaders and help them to secure appointments to boards and commissions that can help to advance a clean energy and pro-environment agenda. Through the fellowship, fellows learn skills for effective service on a board or commission and receive support through the process of appointment and coaching during their first year of service.
Our vision for the Boards and Commissions Fellowship is to:
- Build the skills, power and capacity of our leaders and affiliates in the Conservation Voters Movement to shape environmental policy in their communities.
- Increase diversity on boards and commissions by recruiting women, people of color and other underrepresented individuals to serve on appointed boards and commissions.
- Build pro-environmental majorities in local communities on boards and commissions that advise local governments on energy and environmental policy.
The fellowship is very much a part of our racial justice and equity goals as an organization and over time, it is our intent that it will contribute to a growing number of women and people of color serving in leadership and elected roles in their communities.
We’re so proud of the work of our fellowship programs in Idaho, North Carolina, and coming in 2022, South Carolina!
And check out this webinar about our learnings from the first class of Board and Commission fellows.