The need for individuals like you at the decision-making tables is urgent. We cannot wait for change to happen and we need leaders now whose perspectives and voices reflect the lived experiences of their constituents.
So, join together with other members at Ready to Run – a highly selective workshop exclusively for members who are actively pursuing elected office in the next one to two years, and identify with a community that has historically been underrepresented in political leadership (specifically women, people of color and LGBTQIA+ candidates). We’ll offer you an advanced bootcamp to run for office, a community of support, and the space to explore how to run a campaign that aligns with your values.
Who Should Apply
Ready to Run is for members who are actively pursuing elected office in the next year (but have not officially filed or declared their candidacy) and identify with a community that has historically been underrepresented in political leadership.
Applicants should ideally be in coaching conversations with a LEE staff member about their interest in running for office.
Application is free for LEE members. LEE is pleased to cover flights, lodging, and workshop meals for all members who attend.
Rizwaan Akhtar is the Senior Director of Learning, Development, & Inclusion at Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) where he designs learning experiences that support leaders to engage politically and build more just and liberatory systems. Based in Chicago, Rizwaan is a Board Member of the Chicago Community Bond Fund and a former Local School Council member of Reilly Elementary School in Avondale.
Questions? Contact LEE Coordinator Kristie Hamilton for details.