Power 50

Introducing the 2019/2020 Power 50 Cohort!

Amanda Khan

Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN)(NV)

Andrea Chiriboga-Flor

9to5 Colorado (CO)

Anu Joshi

New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) (NY)

Bianca Edwards

Ohio Organizing Collaborative (OOC) (OH)

Diana Colin

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) (CA)

Erica Gallegos

Organizers in the Land of Enchantment (OLÉ) (NM)

Erika Washington

Make It Work Nevada (NV)

Isabel Sanchez

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) (CA)

Joleen Garcia

Texas Organizing Project (TOP) (TX)

Julie Arenivar

OneAmerica (WA)

Keizayla Fambro

Ohio Organizing Collaborative (OOC) (OH)

LaDon Love

SPACEs In Action (DC)

Leah Wiley

Direct Action & Research Training Center National (DART) (FL)

Leslie Ann Turner

Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN) (NV)

Nikita Perumal

Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (KFTC) (KY)

Nkenge Browner

Mothering Justice (MI)

What is Power 50?

Women of Color are poised to provide the sort of transformative leadership our communities and the progressive movement needs right now to achieve its lofty goals of building an America where everyone can thrive.

Power 50 is a 9-month, cohort-based program that provides Women of Color who are already steeped in basic leadership, organizing and management skills, with the deep grounding, tools, practices, political analysis, and relationships they need to stay the course of their convictions.

Who is Power 50 for?


  • People who identify as indigenous women and/or women of color

  • Staff members of current Community Change/Action partners
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  • People who are ‘mid-trajectory’ in their movement lifespan, meaning they have demonstrated past leadership and impact in their organizations and the field and are poised to make a significant future impact in these spaces
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  • Those who have a base that they are accountable to and are positioned to build other leaders
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  • Those coming from organizations who see the value of investing in leadership development and demonstrate clear commitment to making time and space for staff to fully participate in this program

Alicia Hurle

Deputy Organizing Director for Democracy, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) (KY)

Arleen Vargas

Associate Organizer, Washington Interfaith Network (DC)

Eboni Taylor

Deputy Director, Mothering Justice (MI)

Janay Reliford-Davis

Communities Creating Opportunity (MO)

Laura Martin

Director, PLAN, Nevada (NV)

Shanae’ Holman

Lead Organizer, Topeka Justice Unity Ministry Project (JUMP) (KS)

Ana Rodriguez

Community Organizer,Colorado Peoples Alliance (CO)

Celesté Arredondo-Peterson

Housing Justice Director,Texas Organizing Project (TX)

Erica Clemmons Dean

Organizing Director, 9 to 5 (GA)

Jennifer Wells

Director,Youth Leadership and Development Young WV, West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition (WV)

Roxana Norouzi

Deputy Director, OneAmerica (WA)

Zakiya Sankara-Jabar

National Field Organizer,Dignity in Schools Campaign/Co-Founder, Racial Justice NOW! (MD)

How do I apply?

Applications are currently closed for the 2019/2020 Power 50 Program cohort.

If you meet the criteria above and would like to be considered for next year’s cohort, contact Trish Tchume, Director of Leadership Development at ttchume@communitychange.org to be added to the outreach list.

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