Fellowships + Trainings.


Beth Meyer FIRM


greatest strength of your services.

The greatest overall strength of the Leading For Change programs is building a stronger and more representative democracy by providing a diverse community of individuals the resources and trainings necessary to become effective progressive political/civic leaders.


Fellowship + Training services programs offerED and their benefits.

LFC is a non-profit training institute dedicated to identifying, recruiting and developing leaders and emerging leaders to advance progressive policy and values. Through a cadre of programs, partnerships and collaborations with diverse community leaders and social justice organizations, we are building a stronger and more representative democracy by providing diverse individuals with the resources, trainings, and networks to build and use power to influence positive progressive change. Currently LFC has three core programs.


• Our eight-month Leaders Fellowship is a highly interactive and introspective program that focuses on each participant developing a personal political leadership plan focused on their particular vision of change. Core areas addressed include values, power, crossing divides, strategy, vision, tactics, messaging, fundraising, community and institutionalized racism. In addition to five comprehensive weekend workshops, each participant is assigned a coach to work with them one-on-one throughout the eight months; engaged in project-based learning; assigned a mentor and peer coaches; and attends issue-based salons. Today our graduates can be found in elective office, running social justice organizations, working in government, serving as organizers, and leading lobbying efforts.

• The LFC Progressive Non-Partisan Candidate Training is a three- weekend program designed for individuals who are planning to run for office or contemplating running. Topics range from Voter Targeting and Contact, to Campaign Planning and Fundraising, to Campaign Law and Message Development and Delivery. This program goes very deep and engages participants in such practices as developing their vision, delivering their message, practicing fundraising calls, building their campaign team and working with volunteers. Today there are 40 LFC alumni in office – from the Secretary of State and Superintendent of Public Instruction, to the Arizona Legislature, City Councils, School Boards and Justices of Peace.

• With a shortage of Campaign Managers and other leadership positions in running electoral and issue-based campaigns, LFC introduced its Progressive Campaign Management Training Program in 2016. Similar to all of our programs, it is designed as an interactive training that is three days long. This training thoroughly reviews the various campaign team roles, and spends significant time on such campaign components as the field plan, fundraising plan, budgeting, targeting, and building a volunteer and paid team.

Standing behind our Fellowship and training programs are a diverse group of faculty members and guest trainers whose expertise span from serving in elected office, running non-profits, policy development and more.


ongoing, constructive and positive relationship with clients

Participants of the Leaders Fellowship are supported through a three-prong approach:

(1) A coach is assigned to each fellow to work with them one-on-one on their personal political leadership plan; (2) Peer coaching groups; and (3) small group coaching sessions. Upon graduation, fellows have an open door to meet with LFC staff to support them in moving forward to achieve their vision of change. Additionally, there are alumni events to keep everyone connected.

Participants of the Candidate and Campaign Management Trainings are supported by LFC through interaction in each training, as well as outside of the training sessions if they need additional support.


metrics + success?

• Longitudinal tracking for Fellowship graduates

• Tracking of candidate training graduates – when and if they ran; results of their campaign; how many times they ran for the same office? or different office?

• Tracking of campaign management participants will begin in late 2019



Annual Fellowship averages 45 participants, with four-to-six trainers/faculty members throughout the eight months of the Fellowship. Candidate Training is offered two times in odd years and one in even years. 60 was the largest number of participants reached in any one training. The average number of participants is 25-30. Three-to-four trainers/faculty support this training program. Campaign Management – 20 participants. Three-to-four trainers/faculty support this training. Beth Meyer, LFC CEO, also trains and/or co-trains in all of the programs.


42 in Fellowship. 25 in Candidate Training. 20 in Campaign Management


trainingS required to undergo before beginning our Fellowship & Training program.

All of our programs have an application and interview process. We do not require any pre-training. Rather, we look at experience, commitment, and vision of change. The average age of our fellows is 32 and for candidate and campaign trainings, ages run between 19 and 50.



Our Board and our faculty members and trainers are diverse – from race, ethnicity, age, experience and expertise. Our programs are strong in diversity, as noted below from recent tracking over six years:

45% of our participants are people of color

62% are women

20% identify as LGBTQ

5% identify as transgender

5% identify as veterans

16% identify as first generation Americans and/or DACA


What constituency are you most comfortable training and providing Fellowship opportunities with and to?

LFC targets progressive leaders from communities which have traditionally lacked access to political power, including women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals and those with physical challenges. All individuals undergo a rigorous application and interview process that identifies high-potential leaders who are dedicated to advancing progressive values and policies at various levels such as:

• Future Candidates and Public Officials

• Advocacy and Nonprofit Leaders

• Community Organizers and Activists

• Policy and Government Leaders