Emerging Policy & Advocacy Leaders Series

Dates: Spring & Fall 2024

Time: TBD


Washington, D.C.

Registration Deadline: TBD

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Explore policy & advocacy career opportunities alongside a community of like-minded leaders dedicated to equity in their communities.

This multi-day LEE workshop is your opportunity to build the skills, knowledge, and network you need to enter a new career in policy or advocacy. You will join a cohort of leaders from around the country with diverse backgrounds to develop your career readiness and deepen your conviction as a leader.

Our country needs leaders who share the background and perspective of those most impacted by inequitable policy and practices in decision-making positions.

Apply to the Emerging Policy and Advocacy Leadership Series to find how you can be that leader.

People of Color Cohorts

All of the cohorts we offer for this program are specifically for our members of color. In these identity-specific spaces, we offer an emphasis on what it means to be a leader of color and how to navigate that. You’ll do this in an intentional and safe space with other members of similar backgrounds and identities.

Workshop Outcomes


  • Grow your confidence and skills to land a role in policy and advocacy in the next year.
  • Network and connect with other leaders.
  • Draw connections between your background and the need for your leadership.
  • Explore various pathways and types of policy and advocacy roles.
  • Get tangible tools and skills to begin your transition into a policy or advocacy job.
  • Earn a Leadership Certificate after successful completion of the program.

Who Should Join


We encourage you to participate if you:

  • Identify as a person of color, Native American, or Indigenous.
  • Are committed to pursuing a career and/or exploring your impact in a policy or advocacy role.
  • Are looking to take action to expand your network and skills as you launch your career in policy and advocacy.
  • Want to learn how to overcome internal and external barriers to your personal vision as a leader of color.

Preference will be given to members who:

  • Have less than one year of experience in policy and/or advocacy
  • Are seeking to transition to policy & advocacy careers in the next 0-12 months
  • Have completed LEE’s Introduction to Policy & Advocacy Careers workshop or virtual modules

Application Process

Application Period: TBD

Application Review: TBD

Selection Notification: TBD

Application is free for LEE members. LEE is pleased to cover flights, lodging, and workshop meals for all members who attend.


Workshop Details


Dates: Spring & Fall 2024

Time: TBD


Washington, D.C.

Registration Deadline: TBD

Hear from Past Participants


Through the 2022 POC EPALS, I feel a stronger sense of confidence to seek the leaders, resources and overall preparation I will need to take the next steps in my Educational Policy and Advocacy leadership journey. I left the series with a greater understanding of how my skills, talents, interests and passions can lead me to a career in policy that is uniquely designed and suited for me.

Alysia Lee

The People of Color Emerging Policy and Advocacy Leaders Series has given me the tools I need to figure out what my next steps are. Navigating policy & advocacy can be tricky, but LEE staff has created a workshop that clarifies everything concisely. Meeting with a community of other POC who are working together towards leadership and change, has been the most impactful experience.

Maya Dixon

This is a lovely experience for all young professionals of color who are even just remotely interested in public policy and advocacy work. Take a chance on yourself and LEE’s team. They put together an intentional program that develops all facets of your brand and professional journey. Highly would recommend!

Alexandra Medeiros



Shoareged Phillpotts (she/her) will serve as the lead facilitator in September 2023. She is the Director of Civic Leadership Development at LEE. Shoa is also the co-founder of It Takes A Village Collaborative, which provides individuals, families, and communities with wellness resources, services, and networks to empower them to reach their full potential. She volunteers in the D.C. area on a variety of racial equity issues serving as a member of several community coalitions. As your facilitator, she’ll enable you to see yourself as the leader our country needs in policy & advocacy.

Questions? Contact LEE Coordinator Kristie Hamilton (kristie.hamilton@educationalequity.org) for details.

Frequently Asked Questions


Am I required to attend each session?

Yes, for all in person gatherings we ask that you are available to attend each session. For the virtual series, you may miss one session as we will share the recording for you to review. Our sessions are interactive so participation in all sessions is recommended to maximize your experience.

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