Boards and Commissions

Boards and commissions are powerful governing bodies with the ability to influence important local policy and investment decisions.

NCLCVF, in partnership with LEAD NC Institute, is running a Boards and Commissions Fellowship training program. This fellowship is intended to develop the skills and capacity of North Carolina leaders and build the power of underrepresented groups to serve on relevant local boards and commissions. Underrepresented communities are the ones most impacted by voter suppression efforts, economic injustice, and environmental exploitation. Being at the frontlines of these issues makes leaders from these communities equipped to make meaningful, long-term changes that benefit all North Carolinians.

Our Fellowship Program

Increase Representation
Our program is designed to increase local governments’ representative diversity by recruiting women, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQIA+, and other underrepresented groups to serve on local appointed boards and commissions.

Develop Civic Leadership Skills
The program helps our fellows develop civic leadership skills by holding monthly trainings, pairing fellows with mentors for one-on-one coaching, and providing hands-on experience with parliamentary procedure, decision-making processes, and more.

Provide Policy Training
While applicants are not required to have previous conservation policy experience, our fellows will gain critical knowledge during the program, in order to give them the tools they need to successfully advance conservation policy while serving on a local board or commission.

Program Topics include:
1. Program Overview/Building Relationships
2. Levers of Power
3. Parliamentary Procedure/Open Meeting Law
4. Understanding Public Budgets
5. Advocating for How Decisions are Made
6. Securing a Board or Commission Appointment\
7. Graduation Ceremony

Registration for our next Boards and Commissions will be available on this webpage 09/12/2022. Training for our second cohort will start March 2023.

If you have any questions, contact Kerry Wiggins, Program Manager at

Now Accepting 2023 Fellow Applications

The program will be held from March through September 2023 on the 2nd Saturday each month. Each Saturday session is approximately ~6 hours. Graduation is celebrated in October. 

Applications close February 3, 2023.

Previous Years' Fellows