Community Equity Pipeline 


From Community to Capitol 

The Community Equity Pipeline (CEP) engages nonprofit professionals of color who are deeply involved in their community and want to become more actively engaged in decision making at the State Capitol.

Our Framework

The 10-month CEP cohort model is based on a continuous cycle of legislative training, immersion, and a cohort learning community.

Legislative Training

Through a thoughtfully designed curriculum, CEP members explore the legislative process and how to effectively navigate the system, including:
  • Structure of Minnesota state government
  • Legislative processes and timelines
  • Levers of power and influence
  • Expertise on current public policy issues


The real-time immersion in public policy decision-making allows CEP cohort members to build relationships with policy makers and others at the Capitol. As they learn and grow as advocates, they are supported by Wilder staff, partner coalitions, lobbyists and fellow cohort members.


Fellows engage their communities through trainings on legislative engagement while also getting community members to be active during the legislative session.

Learning Community

Participants form a learning community in which they document, reflect on, and analyze their experiences as people of color navigating the legislative process.

Get Involved with CEP

Are you interested in joining, supporting or partnering with the Community Equity Pipeline? Contact

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 CEP Staff


JamesChang-66.jpgJames Chang

James Chang is the Legislative Programs Lead for Wilder Public Policy.  In this role he works to support Wilder’s public policy initiatives as well as co-lead and facilitates the Community Equity Pipeline.  He joins the Wilder Foundation with a legislative process and engagement background and over 10 years of community and political organizing experience.    


 CEP Mission

​To deepen engagement of communities of color in the legislative process by building connections to people, communities, groups, and organizations that influence or enact public policy.
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