Wally Marks Leadership Institute for Change

The Leadership Institute's workshops, technical training and coaching are designed to strengthen organizational infrastructure and the leadership base of grantee partners.


Accelerate Organizational Capacity and Effectiveness

Named in memory of longtime Liberty Hill donor-activist and Board member Wally Marks, the Wally Marks Leadership Institute (WMLI) for Change is the value-added complement for organizations who receive a grant from Liberty Hill.

Liberty Hill has found that training tailored to the campaigns and memberships of grassroots organizations increases the effectiveness and impact of financial support.

Strengthen membership bases
Help your members tell their stories
Recruit visionary board members

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From Protest to Power

Liberty Hill's Wally Marks Leadership Institute


Building Skills and Alliances

Launched in 2010, the Leadership Institute provides classroom meetings, individual coaching and consulting with seasoned veterans, as well as peer learning, and other opportunities for Liberty Hill grantees to enhance their individual skills and build alliances.

Through a combination of customized retreat-style training, one-on-one coaching and multi-group peer strategy sessions, the Leadership Institute moves beyond “incubating” organizations to accelerating their growth through an “organizational immersion” approach.

In 2013 Liberty Hill launched the Commissions Training Program within the Leadership Institute to train individual leaders throughout Los Angeles. Qualified leaders are trained for democratic participation in the more than 250 boards and commissions in the City and County of Los Angeles that oversee key city and county agencies on policies and programs that impact the quality of life for residents and equity throughout the region.

WMLI celebrated our 10 year anniversary with a robust set of trainings for activists: youth op-ed writing, digital organizing, financial management, renters’ rights campaign management and base building, and the Ready to Rise youth development partnership. More than 225 people and 90 organizations participated in trainings in 2020.