Immigrant Civic Leadership Program

For those leading change in New York City’s immigrant communities, the Immigrant Civic Leadership Program (ICLP) provides our city’s top talent with the resources they need to understand how to influence meaningful change and address complex challenges within their work. In partnership with the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), Coro will provide ICLP participants with a deeper understanding of policy and decision making in the city, the skills to lead change in their organizations and communities, and a network of engaged and influential alumni to support them in reaching their goals. The NYIC supports Coro by providing direction on program planning, recruitment, and curriculum development. All participants develop a Community Change Project that will strengthen their immigrant community so that the program impact goes beyond the training room.

Coro’s ICLP made me a more effective leader and strategic advocate. I continue to recommend staff and allies to ICLP because of the skills gained and networks developed. It’s a privilege to be part of this community of change agents.

Wayne Ho (ICLP 2004)

President & Chief Executive Officer, Chinese American Planning Council, Inc.

What will you get?

ICLP connects participants to an accomplished community of City leaders, NYIC members and Coro alumni from all industries and sectors, who are dedicated to supporting one another and to improving the City in which we live and work.

ICLP uses the City of New York as a classroom to explore and build effective leadership skills to adapt and thrive in challenging environments.

ICLP uses Coro’s model of inquiry-based instruction to explore strategies for leveraging resources and developing partnerships. Participants can immediately apply the knowledge gained to their work and support their Community Change Project.

Who should apply?

Approximately 20 organizational leaders and emerging changemakers whose work is focused on strengthening NYC immigrant communities are competitively selected to participate each year.

Ideal applicants:

  • Work in New York City for an organization supporting immigrant communities.
  • Are experienced organizational leaders, management staff or emerging changemakers who are leading change on behalf of their organizations with a minimum of five years of work experience relevant to work with immigrant communities.
  • Have a vision for change and a defined Community Change Project.
  • Have a passion and curiosity about developing new leadership skills essential to problem solving in New York.
  • Are interested in actively participating in the Coro community and ICLP alumni network.
Key Program Features

Participants explore key topics and ideas that will help them understand and navigate current issues facing immigrant communities today. Through a range of interviews and activities, participants will meet community leaders, decision makers, people of influence and other stakeholders across different sectors to gain insider knowledge, an awareness of multiple perspectives and explore the benefits of collaboration to drive change.

Participants come to the program with a planned Community Change Project that seeks to strengthen their immigrant community. Throughout the program, participants have the opportunity to refine their vision, apply their learning, share project developments, receive feedback, and share successes with the group. Sharing of each person’s project, results and lessons learned will be the focus of the April showcase session.

Participants build their individual and collaborative capacity for practicing leadership. ICLP introduces an array of leadership development tools, experiences and challenges to encourage participants to explore all aspects of an issue and to lead change. Participants will connect with purpose and enhance their vision for change, apply tools from the Adaptive Leadership framework to their work and enhance their ability to work more effectively with others in addition to other leadership tools.


Program fees are waived due to the generous support of our funders. Upon acceptance, a non-refundable $100 materials fee is required.

There is no doubt that we are living through extremely challenging times but ICLP brings together thinkers and doers to build new networks and create new avenues for collaboration. The friendships I made in my inaugural class continue to this day, and those bonds have enabled us to work together to bring innovations that celebrate our City’s immigrants! ICLP is an amazing opportunity to connect with fellow community leaders and gain the tools necessary to make a lasting impact to strengthen immigrant communities.

Jo-Ann Yoo (ICLP 2003)

Executive Director, Asian American Federation

For the past decade MRNY has used Coro as an essential part of the professional development of our staff. These trainings have included members of our Strategic Planning Team, which guides the work of our organization. The skills learned through the ICLP program have been essential for various roles in the organization, with valuable content on New York’s political landscape, organizing strategy, and the power of the immigrant community in NY. We’ve also especially appreciated the mission-driven orientation of these programs and the focus on self sustainability practices, which are so important given the challenges of doing this work. 

Javier Valdes (ICLP 2004)

Co-Executive Director, Make the Road New York

Coro’s ICLP gave me the tools to advance my work in neighborhood-specific cultural production and become a better leader. The program connected me to a diverse network of professionals from all walks of life and various sectors that are defining the future of our city.

Gonzalo Casals (ICLP 2011)

Commissioner, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

Coro provides a safe space for change agents in NYC.  Through the Coro alumni network, I have met extraordinary people who will go above and beyond to advance the immigrant community of NYC.

Valerie León (ICLP 2013)

Executive Director, Mitchell-Lama Portfolio, NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

ICLP has been one of the most important personal and professional development experiences in my life. It has inspired and challenged me to assert my leadership and think about leadership in ways that I’ve only begun to discover.

Susanna Saul (ICLP 2017)

Managing Attorney, Her Justice

Interest Form

Register Here to receive updates and application information starting March 2022.


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2021 Calendar

The ICLP 2021 cohort meets from June 2021 to March 2022. View the calendar to see key dates and training in the program year.


Questions can be directed to Cassandra Garita, Program Manager at or 212 248 2935.


ICLP is a partnership with the New York Immigration Coalition:

The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extend opportunity to all.

Generous support has also been provided by: