Ford Institute Leadership Program

Ford Institute Leadership Program

The Ford Institute Leadership Program, designed and delivered by RDI, serves rural communities in Oregon and Siskiyou County, California, through a five-year series of training programs based on the belief that vital rural communities develop from a broad base of knowledgeable, skilled, and motivated leaders, a diversity of effective organizations, and productive collaborations among organizations. The leadership program training consists of 48 class hours held over four sessions that focus on developing the community leadership capacity of individuals. The training emphasizes an interactive and facilitative style rather than lectures. It draws on the knowledge and skills of those in the room, augmented by the lessons in the curriculum and is accompanied by a year-long community improvement project.

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Leadership program participant and fellow high school students combine fun and service. Read more.

South Umpqua Gateway leadership cohort members dedicate covered wagon structure at Canyonville's Pioneer-Indian Museum. Read more.

Wild Rivers Coast leadership cohort’s “Project Go-Pack” builds community resilience and emergency preparedness. Read more.

N Lincoln County Ford Institute Leadership Program cohort works to enhance Lincoln City’s Agnes Creek Open Space as part of their class project.

Meet Our Team 

Noelle Colby-Rotell

Director of Leadership Services

Gary Stewart

Senior Program Manager (Rural Leadership)

Peggy Boone

Regional Program Coordinator: South Central Region

Amanda Close

Rural Economic Vitality Consultant
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