The Center for Ethical Leadership

The history of the Center for Ethical Leadership.


The Center is founded

January 1991

KLCC Session 1

2002 - 2005

KLCC Session 2

2005 - 2008

Courageous Collaboration book published


6th Annual Legacy Event


Alaric Bien, Executive Director, Chinese Immigrant & Information Services; Paola Maranan, Executive Director, Children’s Alliance; Judy Pigott, Executive Director, Personal Safety Nets; Keynote speaker: Raj Manhas, Superintendent of North Thurston Public Schools

7th Annual Legacy Event


Gregory Davis, President, Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition; Erick Haakenson, Owner, Jubilee Farms; Dr. Jody McVittie, Executive Director, Sound Discipline; Keynote speaker: James Whitfield, CEO, Leadership Eastside

8th Annual Legacy Event


Darrell Hillaire, Treasurer, Lummi Nation; Mary Jean Ryan, Executive Director, Community Center for Education Results; Shauna Yusko, Director and Founder, Pantry Packs; Keynote speaker: Linda Nageotte, President & CEO, Food Lifeline

9th Annual Legacy Event


Community Learning Exchange

CLE: South Texas

May 15, 2008 - May 18, 2008

South Texas CLE

Hosted by: Llano Grande Center for Research and Community Development

Location: Edcouch/Elsa, Texas

Situated in a predominantly Mexican-American community on the south Texas border, this Exchange highlighted how the Llano Grande uses youth-adult partnerships and digital storytelling to effect change in teaching and learning. Participants learned about process of telling story, analyzing story and constructing new stories to bring about change. Featured local projects included high school students working to persuade elected officials to clean up a toxic site in the middle of a residential area, a community group overseeing construction of new schools after passing a multi-million-dollar bond issue, and community-school partnerships in surrounding communities.

CLE: Massachusetts

Nov 6, 2008 - Nov 9, 2008

Hosted by: Roca inc.

Location: Chelsea, Massachusetts

This Exchange showcased how Roca’s Immigrant and Refugee Initiative (RIRI) has organized, partnered and mobilized young people and adults in the community around immigration, advocacy and policy. Participants learned how to strengthen youth and adult partnerships and to use the peacemaking circles process to promote collective leadership among community change agents. They also used the arts to build relationships and engagement. The Chelsea learning exchange spotlighted Roca’s “Know Your Rights” campaign to help undocumented residents during a season of aggressive immigration enforcement raids that were splitting many families and communities.

CLE: New Mexico

March 17, 2009 - March 20, 2009

Hosted by: Laguna Department of Education

Location: near Albuquerque, New Mexico.

This Exchange illuminated how the Laguna and Acoma pueblos have used storytelling to claim and maintain core identity through centuries of outside influence. The power of language, history and the culture of place were presented as a source of collective identity and grounding for moving forward in the 21st century – particularly through education in the schools. CLE participants experienced the spirit of Acoma culture while visiting ancient Sky City and the deep hospitality and generosity of the Laguna Pueblo during the feast day of St. Joseph. A strong theme was the importance of working across the generations to engage youth, adults and elders in partnership.

CLE: Building Strategies Across Race and Class

August 6, 2009 - August 9, 2009

Building Strategies Across Race and Class: Forging Relationships for Social Change

Hosted by: Public Policy And Education Fund Of New York in Buffalo, New York

Location: Buffalo, NY

Community change agents learned how to incorporate proven principles of racial equity into their social change organizing efforts. It examined the roles power and race play in creating strategies. Provided methods that community leaders can use to track their own growth as well as strategies for developing the skills of others. The Buffalo hosts were particularly skilled in translating abstract social equity intentions into concrete and actionable strategies for change. Buffalo provided a powerful setting for this exploration with the Erie Canal, Underground railroad, and Colored Musicians Club. All are examples of how the local context has played a pivotal role in creating the current race and class dynamics in this US/Canadian border town.

CLE: The Art(s) of Leadership

07/25/2013 - 07/28/2013

The Art(s) of Leadership: A CLE focused on Youth Adult Partnerships

Hosted by: Texas State University, College of Education

Location: San Marcos, TX

Date: July 25-28, 2013

This CLE illustrated the importance of youth voices in the Collective Leadership process. Of the 70 participants, half were under the age of 25, and they came as teams that included adults to do strategic and policy planning to improve their own communities, whether they were from North Carolina, Minnesota, Texas, Maryland, or somewhere in between.

CLE: Looking Back to Move Forward

10/10/2013 - 10/13/2013

Looking Back to Move Forward: Leading for Racial Healing in Schools, Families, and Communities
Hosted by: North Eastern Leadership Academy, North Carolina State University

Location: Franklinton Center at Bricks, Whitakers, NC

The first step toward creating change within your community is looking back to understand the past. Then, armed with that knowledge and understanding, you are able to work with others to move forward and build a brighter future.

This theme guided this Community Learning Exchange - “Looking Back to Move Forward": Leading for School, Family and Community Healing. Teams from around the country - from California and Texas to Florida and North Carolina - gathered at the Franklinton Center at Bricks in Whitakers, North Carolina. The Franklinton Center has deep historical significance in this part of the United States, and this location was the foundation for conversations about what the theme “Looking Back to Move Forward” truly means.

Each team that participated in the CLE was a mix of different leaders, each of whom brought valuable experiences and perspectives to the weekend:

  • School leader (principal, assistant principal, teacher, superintendent)
  • Youth (middle or high schooler, or recent high school graduate)
  • Community leader/activist
  • Additional school/family/community member