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Executive Directors
of Color Institute

The Executive Directors of Color Institute (EDCI) is a two-year leadership development and organizational capacity-building program for BIPOC nonprofit leaders. 

EDCI is a personal and professional development opportunity for leaders of color in the Colorado nonprofit community. The institute seeks participants looking to grow and expand their skill sets; contribute to a dynamic network of peers; and work to inform, shape, and maximize the opportunities in today's nonprofit sector while making the sector more inclusive, and equitable. Monthly peer-led learning sessions strengthen the individual leadership, capacity, and collective impact of BIPOC-led nonprofit organizations.

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  • BIPOC executive directors of Colorado nonprofit organizations - 501(c)3 or fiscally sponsored


  • Commitment to attend at least 7 of 9 sessions per year (March – December).

APPLY TODAY! 2024-25 EDCI Program
DEADLINE: Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at 5pm

 EDCI Cohort - Year 1

Natalie Baddour, Fully Liberated Youth

Joy Delizo-Osborne, Student Achievement Partners

Yazan Fattaleh, Kapadia Education Foundation

Marius Finch, The Ambassador Foundation

Ez Gadson, Park Hill Pirates

Dr. Shakari Hood, Colorado Black Health Collaborative

Dr. Kimberle Jackson-Butler, LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can

Mayra Juarez-Denis, Centro de los Trabajadores

Joanne Liu, Asian Girls Ignite

Isahar Mendez, Colorado Youth Mariachi Program

Cory Montalvo, Youth Empowerment Broadcasting Organization (YEBO)

John Narine, Recovery Friendly Leader

Jessica Newton, Vibe Tribe Adventures

Jeanette Patterson, Lincoln Hills Cares

Simone Renee, Metro DEEP

Nadine Roberts Cornish, The Caregivers Guardian Education & Advocacy

Jason Shankle, The Black Mental Health and Wellness Coalition

Shana R. Shaw, Compound Of Compassion

Sheila Van de Graaph, YouthRoots

Jackie Wesley , Fighting Together to Save Lives

Maya Wheeler, Wezesha Dada Center

Full list of EDCI Cohort Graduates Here

Congratulations to our most recent cohort!

This report encapsulates the heart it takes to be a leader of color to carry out a vision meant to transform one's community. Learn how, why, and what opportunities exist for EDCI to continue and enhance the program to meet the needs of leaders of color on the front lines - serving their communities and dismantling the systems perpetuating inequality and inequity.

"My class was unique in that we went through the EDCI program during the pandemic's peak and the height of the racial distress in our country. EDCI provided a space for like-minded individuals facing the same challenges to come together to talk, heal and share everything we were experiencing as executives of color in our community. It allowed me to bring my whole self as a woman of color to my work and the communities we serve."

~ Tanaka Shipp - Founder & CEO, QueenShipp

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