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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. 

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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.

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

Congratulations to our
2023 Cohort Graduates

Nikiyah Adams, IREE

Magaly Arana, Operation Hope

Annie Guo Van Dan, Asian Culture & ED Network

Codie Egart, Greater Denver Cares Mentoring

Monique Fair, Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership

Joshalynn Green-Turner, Phenomenal Women

Bobbie Harbert, Koinonia, Inc.

Catharina Hughley, Dirt Coffee

Timiya Jackson, Heart & Hand Center

Shay Jacobs, Adam's Purpose

Michelyn Johnson, Rise Project 5280

Kat Ling, Moonshot Edventures

Thai Nguyen, Kaizen Food Rescue

Chantae Thomas, SOAR Colorado

Katrice Traylor, CO_WFP/Revision CO

Laura Villalpando, Operation Hope

Marcus Weaver, Community Outreach Service Center

Ashlee Wedgeworth, Urban League Young Professionals of Metro Denver

2023-24 1st Cohort List Here


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.

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Tanaka Shipp

Tanaka Shipp

Founder & CEO, QueenShipp

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