Leadership Development

Leadership Development

Building Rural Capacity through Leadership Development

Rural communities throughout our region have knowledgeable and skilled individual and organizational leaders who are strongly networked and make a difference in their own organizations and communities across the Pacific Northwest. We believe that effective, diverse, and collaborative leadership is an essential component of vital rural communities. We also believe that leadership can be an intentional and learned skill.

RDI has delivered the Rural Community Leadership Program (formerly known as the Ford Institute Leadership Program) in more than 350 communities, serving nearly 90 rural hubs across the Pacific Northwest with over 9,000 rural leadership graduates. We also deliver the Sherwood Trust Community Leadership Program, and just around the corner, we will be launching additional classes in Washington. Look for us in the Lower Yakima Valley where the Yakima Valley Community Foundation will host a class with us, and in Skamania County. We also offer leadership services customized to fit your community's needs through our Rural Community Leader's Toolbox.