HOPE Leadership Institute

HOPE Leadership Institute

Latinas are underrepresented in leadership roles across California, denying us equal access to economic and political power. The HOPE Leadership Institute® (HLI) is how we change that.

It is the first and only statewide leadership program specifically designed for professional Latinas in California, with a goal to train Latinas in vital leadership and advocacy skills, enabling them to create fundamental change within their local neighborhoods and across California.

HLI graduates have: 

  • Served as judges, commissioners, elected officials, business owners, and more
  • Shaped workforce and housing policies 
  • Advocated for pay equity, racial justice, and health care access

Application and Program Requirements

The application for the 2025 cohort will open later this summer. Make sure you don’t miss the application announcement by signing up for our newsletter. In the meantime, learn about what it takes to join the HOPE Leadership Institute, and how to complete your application.

Meet our Current Class

We are excited to welcome our next cohort, the class of 2024. These 38 Latina leaders from diverse backgrounds represent all regions of California.

Report: Leading with HOPE

This in-depth study highlights the impact of Latinas in California as a demographic force and as leaders who are building a more equitable state. California Latinas tend to lead in ways that center equity, build bridges, and will be key to sustaining a robust multiracial democracy.

Read our Ethics Guidelines for HOPE Program Participants

HOPE Leadership Institute Sponsors

The HLI is made possible by a grant from

HLI Strategic Partners


To learn more about the HOPE Leadership Institute, please contact Lea Gonzalez, Senior Program Manager and Diana Amaya, Director of Programs.

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