Riordan Leadership Institute

In 1990, former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, in partnership with committed community leaders, launched the Riordan Leadership Institute (RLI) to address the gaping chasm between professionals interested in serving on nonprofit boards and nonprofits looking for qualified, diverse board members. Since then, more than 1,300 professionals have graduated from RLI and are among the region’s most dynamic community leaders.

RLI is a nine month fellowship empowering early­ to mid-­career professionals for lifelong community engagement and leadership through service on nonprofit boards.

Newly restructured course curriculum will ensure RLI fellows have the tools to be effective nonprofit board members, including a clear understanding of board governance, fiscal responsibilities, fundraising, giving pro bono service, corporate social responsibility and personal leadership development. As fellows develop a succinct balance of nonprofit board skills, they will have the opportunity to simultaneously apply those skills through training and field experience with a nonprofit board.

Previously administered by the L.A. Junior Chamber Charity Foundation, the Riordan Leadership Institute is now a part of the SCLN family of programs. Riordan Leadership Institute alumni have full access to continued education and networking opportunities through SCLN’s extensive alumni programming.


We invite your organization to apply to be a nonprofit partner of the Riordan Leadership Institute’s historic 50th class!

The Riordan Leadership Institute is a 9-month board training and matching fellowship for early to mid-career professionals, designed to prepare them for service on nonprofit boards like yours. The program is comprised of classroom and peer learning for the fellows, hands-on board training in collaboration with a local nonprofit, and execution of a project that is meant to deliver impact leadership to your organization and board. Learn more about becoming a nonprofit partner. 

Final Application Deadline: August 25, 2017 – Apply today! If this deadline proves to be a challenge for you organization, please contact Claudia Morales at 213.580.7524.

Thank you Riordan Leadership Institute 2016-­17 Supporters

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