Leading for Equity and Inclusion (LEI)

A five-session series to build capacity & skill for authentic inclusion within your nonprofit. 

This series will support organizational leaders and teams to:

Leading a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion shift in any organization is challenging and impactful work, best accomplished with the support of a team. CVNL’s team and faculty are here to support you! Additionally, we strongly encourage teams of 2+ professionals from each organization to enroll in order to create and lead a DEI team within your own organization.

Teams will learn how to:

  • Build capacity & skill for authentic inclusion within your nonprofit;
  • Identify & dismantle harmful narratives & biased practices rooted in our history;
  • Adopt personal leadership skills & style that make space for real belonging & inclusion;
  • Develop a plan of action focused on your organization.
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion in Leading for Equity and Inclusion.

CVNL announces new scholarships for BIPOC nonprofit leaders in Marin, Napa, Sonoma, and Solano Counties. Learn more.

Fall 2022: November 3 – December 8.

Five half-day sessions, 9am – 12pm. Via Zoom.

LEI Info Session - October 5th, 2022

Program Details

Fall 2022 Schedule

Setting the context

  • Build understanding of the specific opportunities and challenges for equity and inclusion initiatives in the nonprofit sector
  • Explore identity in the workplace
  • Explore leadership practice and challenges for driving equity and inclusion work
  • Share definitions and frameworks to align understanding of equity and inclusion

Unpacking dominant narratives

  • Understand dominant narratives and unconscious bias
  • Build capacity through tools for action

Models of practice

Learn from other individuals how they navigated the equity and inclusion journey with their organizations. Explore some best practices and identify challenges and opportunities to expect.

  • Panelists TBD

Assessment tools for change management

Changing policies and procedures is a collective enterprise that requires information and involvement from key stakeholders. This session will introduce some options to help guide the assessment process and how to make sense of data for planning and evaluation.

  • Unpacking best practices
  • Explore tools for action
  • Introduction of DEI assessments and planning tools

Developing a roadmap for action

Participants will start planning how to address equity and inclusion in their workplace with input from colleagues and facilitators.

  • Workshop and share action steps (break outs)

Our Faculty

Our faculty members are experienced and working professionals, who combine strong theoretical frameworks and real-life industry knowledge.

Elaine Tokolahi is a third-generation Marin resident and has over a decade of experience empowering volunteers and nonprofits. She began her career as a Tonga National Volunteer, where she served as a high school teacher in the South Pacific. Inspired by her experience, she went on to manage the Tonga National Volunteer Service’s host organization, the Tonga National Youth Congress, as its first Director.

While in that role, she was appointed to international committees affiliated with the Commonwealth of Nations and the United Nations, where she advocated for the inclusion of young people’s rights into public policy. Upon returning to the US, she worked at the Global Fund for Women where she helped women’s rights organizations in Asia and the Pacific secure core funding. Elaine’s career took a local turn when she became a Partnership Specialist for immigrant and rural communities at the US Census Bureau, where she focused on building partnerships with grassroots leaders.

She then spent close to five years at the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter, focusing her efforts on making national programming relevant to local underserved communities. She also spent those years supervising nearly a dozen AmeriCorps members, which she found absolutely rewarding. Before joining CVNL, Elaine was the Director of Programs at San Francisco Community Agencies Responding to Disaster (SF CARD), where she provided award-wining consulting services to nonprofits and faith-based organizations in emergency planning and continuity planing.

Her personal favorite volunteer roles include reviewing scholarship applications, judging college student innovation contests, and serving as a Board Member for the Marin Interfaith Council.

CVNL Ines DeLuna Volunteer Engagement Disaster Services

Born and raised in the Napa Valley, Ines DeLuna has been very involved in community empowerment and education throughout the State of California, and has over 20 years of experienced leadership.

Ines took her first leap into public office in 2003 when she was elected to the Saint Helena School Board and served our students and educators for nearly a decade. In 2011, she continued her service as a community representative at the Napa County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Napa Valley Vine Trail Board, and the Mexican-American Vintners Association. 

Fast forward to today, she continues her spirit of service as a board member of F.I.E.L.D by Cesar Chavez, President of the Napa County Latinx Democratic Club, and the elected Area 6 Trustee for the Napa Valley College. Ines holds these family values close, and brings them to every activity she is engaged with: courage, hard work, service, unity, and compassion. 

Ines has also accumulated decades of public service focused on local businesses, education, and making her community a welcoming place for people of every background.

In her free time she likes to spend time with her two adult sons and her fur baby Churro. 

Scott B. Peterson, CVNL Director of Learning & Leadership

Scott has built a career communicating across boundaries and building collaborations to strengthen communities. Ranging from experience working cross-culturally in southern Africa to multi-sector public affairs in the Bay Area, he connects people and ideas for meaningful outcomes in leadership development, policy advocacy and economic development.

Rooted in experiential education pedagogy, Scott designs and facilitates transformational learning encounters for participants to build relationships, practice problem-solving, and acquire new skills. Scott started his career running a study abroad program for Americans in Zimbabwe. When he returned to California, he developed a deep connection to civic engagement while directing the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs. More recently, through Leadership for Educational Equity, he supported teachers and school leaders to build leadership skills for transforming public education systems around the country.

Scott has also advocated for community and economic development through public-private partnerships in the East Bay. He focused on job creation, land use, and transportation with both the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the East Bay Economic Development Alliance.

In his free time, Scott is a licensed referee for youth and college soccer. He also enjoys hiking, fishing, and camping as well as getting lost on his motorcycle.


If you have any questions about LEI or other CVNL training opportunities, contact:

Scott Peterson at speterson@cvnl.org

Cancellation policy: If plans change and you are no longer able to attend, we will transfer your enrollment and payment to the next program cycle. Funds must be applied and used within a 6 (six) month period. We do not offer refunds.