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LLC WEBINAR SERIES | Liberating Structures: How Leadership Development Can Create Racial Equity & Social Justice

LLC Webinar Series

November 14, 2017

10am Pacific/ 1pm Eastern (60 Minutes)


Studies consistently show that less than 20% of nonprofit executive directors/CEO’s are people of color. The recent Race to Lead report offers a new story for how we think about and address this leadership gap: to increase the number of people of color leaders, the nonprofit sector needs to address the practices and biases of those governing nonprofit organizations.

This shifts the leadership development narrative to one that incorporates transformation at the individual and structural levels in pursuit of racial equity. One model is the California School-Age Consortium’s Leadership Development Institute fellowships. Within the year-long, cohort based model for emerging leaders in the out-of-school time field, power, privilege and oppression are elevated alongside traditional leadership competencies development. The model focuses on the unique experiences of people of color in the out-of-school time field, while simultaneously challenging the environments and structures that create racialized barriers toward advancement.
Emerging leaders in the out-of-school time field are positioned to influence policies and practices well beyond the field. Many follow pathways toward teacher and school leadership, policymaking, health and wellness, community organizing, juvenile justice and more. Hear directly from the co-designer and fellow of the program about the model, its challenges, successes and hopes toward racial equity and a more just society.

California School-Age Consortium
The California School-Age Consortium (CalSAC) envisions a future where every child in California — regardless of income, race, or zip code — has access to high quality, affordable out-of-school time programs (such as before school, afterschool and summer learning). CalSAC fosters an out-of-school time workforce that is filled with strong mentors and highly skilled practitioners who reflect the communities they serve. Through collaboration and innovation, the CalSAC network creates ripple effects of opportunity, equity and transformation throughout California, both for professionals and the young people they serve.




Ruth Obel-Jorgensen, Executive Director, CalSAC


Ruth Obel-Jorgensen is the Executive Director of the California School-Age Consortium (CalSAC). Since joining CalSAC in 2008, Ruth has championed the only statewide fellowship for emerging leaders of color in the out-of-school time field, sustained the largest training network in the country, grew grassroots advocacy and civic engagement, and launched a campaign to build capacity and professionalism by cultivating a culture of philanthropy in the field. Ruth serves as the Co-Chair of the CA Department of Education Expanded Learning Division Workforce Advisory, the Co-Chair of the CA Afterschool Network Leadership Team, and the CA State Affiliate Leader of the National Afterschool Association.
Ruth has a Masters in Social Work from California State University, Fresno with an emphasis in community organizing and advocacy and is a Certified Nonprofit Professional through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. She is also an alum of the LeaderSpring Executive Director Fellowship and the CompassPoint Fundraising Bright Spots Program. Ruth calls the farmlands of Central California home while enjoying her current community in Oakland with her wife and three dogs. In her spare time, she contributes to Maven Youth, a nonprofit empowering LGBT+ youth through career exploration and technology.


Aleah Rosario, Director of Capacity Building Programs, CalSAC
Aleah Rosario joined the CalSAC team in 2013. Before this, she worked with afterschool programs in the rural, Central Valley community where she grew up. During this time, Aleah attended a CalSAC event and, immediately drawn to the organization and its values, she jumped at every opportunity to be involved, becoming an endorsed trainer, volunteer and fellow of CalSAC's 2012 inaugural cohort of the Leadership Development Institute for Emerging Leaders of Color.
Aleah received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from CSU Stanislaus. In 2014, she was recognized by the National Afterschool Association as Afterschool’s Next Generation of emerging professionals. Aleah has and continues to serve on various strategic implementation committees of the California Department of Education Expanded Learning Division and is a founding member of Sisters Inspiring Change, a group formed in 2015 that aims to increase opportunities in the field for women and girls of color.