California Climate Leaders Fellowship

The California Climate Leaders Fellowship (CCLF) at the Center for Community Investment is a year-long, intensive, hands-on transformational program designed to resource equity-focused climate leaders with the community investment, systems thinking, and adaptive leadership skills to meet local climate resilience needs—and to meaningfully advance the State’s movement for climate resilience so that it can more quickly and equitably achieve results for the people of California.

Learn more about eligibility and access the application here.

About the Program

Over twelve months, CCLF will include five in-person multi-day seminars, seven individual coaching sessions, five virtual small group coaching sessions, and two webinars. Fellows will:

Use the Capital Absorption Framework to create and activate a robust pipeline of investable, high-impact opportunities that address local climate resilience priorities, including infrastructure

Apply systems thinking to thrive as climate leaders and inspire and facilitate powerful collaborations in alignment with racial equity priorities 

Design strategies and take action on urgent climate resilience and equity issues within their communities, with a particular attention to scale, systems change, and community leadership

Build critical self-awareness and mindsets needed to inspire and facilitate powerful collaborations

Learn about financial tools to achieve greater scale and impact

Join an active and racially diverse network of committed, mutually supportive leaders working toward similar goals.

The Capital Absorption Framework

CCI’s Capital Absorption Framework is an approach that communities can use to organize capital for what matters most to them, including resources for climate resilience. By articulating a shared priority, creating and executing an investable pipeline of projects, and improving their enabling environment (the context in which investment takes place), communities can move toward achieving their goals at scale and building more effective community investment systems so that they can more easily and efficiently accomplish those goals.