LEARNING AREA: Racial Equity
glass ceilings

Trading Glass Ceilings for Glass Cliffs


Building Movement Project




The Building Movement Project’s Race to Lead series has investigated the challenges faced by people of
color as they reach for senior leadership roles in nonprofit organizations. This report, however, focuses on
leaders of color who have already attained the top position in their organizations.
The data demonstrates that the proverbial glass cliff 1 is an all-too-common reality for leaders of color in
the nonprofit sector. Ascending to an executive position does not end a leader’s struggles with racism, and
sometimes increases those challenges.