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OUR STORY

The Commonwealth Seminar's History

The Seminar was founded in 2003 by visionaries Joel Barrera and Former MA State Senator Jarrett Barrios as a way to invite diverse leaders into the State House to demystify the legislative process and encourage deeper, more sustained, advocacy on Beacon Hill. The goal was simple: open the doors of the government to diverse communities.

We began as a simple skills development training program, but our work is now geared toward weaving together relationships across boundaries of race, ethnicity, partisan politics, and local governments. We seek to become a neutral ground where diverse leaders can prepare themselves, build relationships and create a community that values public service.

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ABOUT THE SEMINAR

The Commonwealth Seminar is a privately funded program with the mission of: "Opening the Doors of Government to Everyone"

It is an intensive training program focused on teaching diverse leaders how the legislative process really works. 

Top legislators, legislative staff, media members, and policymakers introduce seminar participants to the legislative and budget processes, lobbying & advocacy, working with the press/media, and thinking critically about policy issues. 

By giving an insiders' view of the process, our goal is to encourage diverse leaders to become effective advocates and to pursue careers in public service.

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OUR CORE PROGRAM

The Legislative Process

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The Budgetary Process

Working with the Press & Media