M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

Green Room board leadership

Equipping leaders of color to strengthen nonprofit boards

Board Leadership & Development

The Murdock Trust strengthens nonprofits by equipping leaders of color for board leadership. This equipping occurs in our existing Board Leadership programming and Green Room pilot initiative. Green Room is a response to feedback from many nonprofits in the communities we serve. These nonprofits recognize the importance and potential of mobilizing more leaders of color into nonprofit board leadership. Green Room’s purpose is to increase the number of board-serving leaders of color in the Pacific Northwest. 

Program components include principles for mission stewardship, steps to becoming an effective board member, group interactions, and coaching. Green Room is grounded in a Christian faith perspective that equips leaders of color to make their highest and best contribution from the core of who they are.

Program Basics

Name: The Board Leadership for Leaders of Color program has an alias: “Green Room.” Why this name? In the public speaking and entertainment worlds, the green room is a space where speakers and performers – seasoned veterans, new talent, and people in-between – wait before going on stage. It is a space to focus and prepare. In the context of this Murdock Trust Board Leadership program, the Green Room is a space where capable leaders of color can hone their skills in governance, service, collaboration, and leadership. The “stage” is the nonprofit board room.

Target Audience: Leaders of Color who desire to strengthen their board leadership skills in a program that integrates their Christian faith. They may be on a board right now or have never been on a board. They reside in the Murdock Trust’s geographic focus area (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington). Green Room is also for leaders who want to sharpen their board skill for future service in the context of peers seeking to learn and grow.

What You Can Expect: (1) Two days of training in the Fall of 2023 (exact dates TBD) (2) Acquire knowledge and skills needed to serve effectively on a nonprofit board (3) Build a peer group of like-minded persons (4) Upon request, help with placement on a nonprofit board, coaching, or strategic support.

Participation Fee and Requirements

  • A program fee of $150 is due upon registration that follows admittance into the cohort. The fee covers all session materials, two training days, meals, and hotel costs for the Fall 2023 training days. Travel to and from Vancouver, Washington, for the training is the responsibility of the cohort participant. Preference for the 2023 Green Room cohort will be given to Portland Metro area applicants.
  • Cohort members must participate in the full program including Training Days.


Questions? Contact us at boardleadership@murdocktrust.org or 360-694-8415.

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