What is the Leadership and Training Programs?


Leadership Development




Leadership Development

Communities of color, low-income working people, renters, and other marginalized communities traditionally have been excluded from the local power structure, decision-making bodies, and influential community institutions. Appointment to boards and commissions or employment with advocacy organizations can provide crucial entree into civic leadership – but that first step can be difficult from disadvantaged communities.

CPI’s Leadership Development program prepares college students for careers in economic justice advocacy, trains and supports community members who want to serve on local boards and commissions, builds the capacity of elected officials to advance economic equity policies, and connects a network of leaders and voters committed to social and economic equity.

Skills Training

Community advocates and new leaders come from all walks of life, and often have busy jobs and children to raise. People who are passionate about the issues often haven’t had the opportunity to become polished in the arts of political strategy, communications, and campaign organizing.

The CPI Institute offers tailored trainings to give them the basic skills and tools they need to be effective and successful as advocates and leaders. The trainings include topics such as public speaking, media relations, social media, lobby visits with elected officials, campaign planning, and strategic organizing.

Communications Training, Organizing Training, Research Training


Many local issues involving economic justice for workers or neighborhoods are not typically presented to the community in ways that are clear and easily understandable. In addition, the problems and crucial public decisions rarely are presented from the perspective of economic or racial equity.

CPI Institute provides informative, targeted education in many forms, ranging from community forums to podcasts. The goal is to educate local residents and voters on the top issues facing local governments and communities, so that the people affected can be active participants in finding solutions that work for everyone. 

Educational Lectures and Community Engaging Presentations