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.

We will invest deeply in each cohort, teaching participants to understand complex and intersecting policy arenas, navigate the culture and language of commissions, and build effective relationships in and outside the commissions they serve on. The program helps new community leaders to effectively leverage their seat on boards and commissions to bring environmental justice, race, and class to the forefront of local and regional policies and plans.

If you have questions about our Fellowship program, please email program director Kerry Wiggins at