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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.

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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.

Boards and Commissions 2023 Training Dates


NCLCV/F Boards and Commissions 2023 Cohort 2 Kick-Off Reception/Presentation to Community 
March 11, 2023 *(In Person Event)


Virtual Training Schedule:

Session 1 – (April 8, 2023) Orientation/Introduction to Launching a Winning Campaign 

Session 2 – (May 20, 2023) – Levers of Power *( Session 2 will be held  3rd Sat. Due to Mother’s Day Weekend  2nd Sat)

Session 3 – (June10, 2023) – The Context of Public/Open Meeting Law/Parliamentary Procedure

Session 4 – (July 8, 2023) – Understanding Public Budgets

Session 5 – (August 12, 2023) – The Legislative Process & Stakeholder Engagement

Session 6 – (September 9, 2023) – Knowing Your Role & Working Together Effectively


Graduation October 14, 2023 TBD (In Person Event)


Boards and Commissions Fellowship Program are accepting applications for our 2024 Leadership Training Class. Training will begin April 2024.

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

2024 Fellow Application

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 28, 2023.

Meet the 2024 Fellowship

Meet the Fellows and Mentors from 2024 program.

Meet the 2023 Fellowship

Meet the Fellows and Mentors from 2023 program.

Meet the 2022 Fellowship

North Carolina League of Conservation Voters Foundation began the Boards & Commissions Fellowship Program in 2022.

Meet the Fellows and Mentors from the inaugural program.

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