IDCL is a program to encourage and empower the next generation of leaders of color and other "minority" communities committed to public service in Greater Boston. Through interactive sessions led by government officials, academics practitioners and our leadership trainers, IDCL participants experience a semester of training in leadership, public policy, politics and campaigning.


Program graduates, in turn, offer coaching, mentoring and networking opportunities for participants in succeeding classes. Six classes have graduated from the program and a seventh offering is anticipated. Aspiring candidates, those interested in appointive office, campaign or community leaders, and all with an interest in enhancing their ability to serve in the public sector are encouraged to participate.


Since it was launched in 2007, over 150 leaders have enrolled in the program and are now making a strong impact in the Massachusetts political community. IDCL graduates include current and past city councilors, heads of state agencies and leaders of community organizations, and senior staff of both candidate and issue campaigns.




The Collaborative’s central goal is to build leadership capacity. Among the challenges we face is the relative scarcity of those prepared to lead the kind of workshops the Collaborative offers.


If you have the desire and commitment to be a leadership trainer, we invite you to apply for this intensive, nine-month program that includes course work, a personal development plan, coaching, and an apprenticeship.




We are eager to work with you to develop a workshop tailored to your team and needs. We have worked with legislative leaders and their leadership teams, majority and minority caucuses, school superintendents and their senior staff, civil society, non-profit, and advocacy organizations, religious organizations, school committees, governors, mayors and city councilors, and many more, both in the U.S. and in many countries in Europe, Africa and Asia. Contact us and let’s dream up something powerful and empowering.