Community Equity Pipeline

Amherst H Wilder Foundation, Community Leadership Programs, Community Equity Pipeline, Public Policy, MN State Capitol, Minnesota Government, MN Legislature
From the Community to the State Capitol

The Community Equity Pipeline supports Indigenous people and people of color to influence and enact public policy at Minnesota's Capitol. This Wilder Foundation community leadership program builds their power, skills and experience to become more actively engaged in and impact public policy decision making for their communities.


About Community Equity Pipeline

Program Overview​

The Community Equity Pipeline is an immersive program that brings together up to 20 people of color and Indigenous peoples (POCI) who currently serve as community and nonprofit leaders to build an even more powerful and influential voice in public policy decision making in order to drive social change and transform lives in Minnesota. 

Community Equity Pipeline's mission is to deepen engagement of POCI communities in the legislative process by building connections to people, communities, groups, and organizations that influence or enact public policy.

Program Length

9 months (September - May)

Program Format

  • Four hour cohort sessions every two weeks focused on legislative knowledge, advocacy skills, racial equity, and building a cohort learning community
  • Four hours per week engaging in legislative activities with coalitions and Partner Advocates
  • CEP follows a cohort model which includes up to 20 participants per cycle

 CEP program participants learn about...

I always felt like my life was shaped and determined by decision makers. Being in this program has allowed me to step up and be part of the decision-making.


Phillipe Cunningham, 2015 CEP Alum

Introducing the 2018-2019 Community Equity Pipeline Cohort

Welcome Change Makers, from the community to the capitol!

Get to know the newest cohort to join Community Equity Pipeline for 2018-2019. 
Find out who they are, what they are invested in and why they joined CEP.

diverse public policy leaders, POCI leaders, people of color at the state capitol

2018-2019 CEP Cohort (from left to right): Cherita Tenhoff, Ricardo Caballero Perez Gonzalez,Tonja Honsey, Comfort Dondo, Bukola Oriola, Fatu Magassouba, Linda Garett Johnson, Maya Washington-Zeigler, Maria Isa Perez Hedges, Aarica Coleman, Jokho Farah, Biiftuu Ibrahim Adam, Estefania Navarro Hernandez, Rico Durán, Samantha Sencer-Mura, Erica Valliant and Abiola Abu-Bakr (not pictured) 

2018-2019 Community Equity Pipeline Program Schedule

Community Equity Pipeline sessions mainly take place on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at either the Wilder Center (Amherst H. Wilder Foundation) or the Minnesota State Capitol Complex. Program starts with an orientation and retreat on September 7, 2018 and ends with graduation on June 6, 2019.

Stories, Research & Impact

Apply to Community Equity Pipeline

No longer accepting applications for CEP's 2018-2019 Cohort!

Community Equity Pipeline 2018-2019 Cohort Information

Get an overview of the Community Equity Pipeline program schedule with meeting dates and session details in the information packet below. 

Meet the Community Equity Pipeline Team

Dominic McQuerry

Public Policy Manager

Octavia Smith

Senior Program Associate, Community Equity Pipeline