The Institute for Progressive Leadership (IPL) is an international nonprofit training organization that, through values based nonpartisan leadership programs, builds the capacity, unlocks the potential and develops the skills for effective leadership; empowers a network and growing pipeline of diverse leaders taking an active role in a multi-national political future; and designs and celebrates new and innovative strategies and tools for genuine leaders of tomorrow.
The Institute for Progressive Leadership does not support or oppose political campaigns nor does it influence legislation. Its programs are open to persons of all race, creed, color, sexual, religious, nationality and political persuasions.
Founded April, 2008 and incorporated in the District of Columbia, IPL is recognized for 501c3 federal and state tax exemption. Funding for the Institute is sought from foundations, corporations, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and philanthropists.
Board of Directors
Board Chair and President
Quinta Martin is the Board Chair and President of the Institute for Progressive Leadership. She has over 25 years experience in association management and leadership development and is recognized in Who's Who in Black America in Washington, DC. Prior to founding the Institute in 2008, Martin served as Senior Director Leadership Development Programs, Conferences & Special Events for the Center for Policy Alternatives. Therein, she directed the renowned Flemming Leadership Institute and was responsible for executing the annual Summit on the States (the premiere and largest annual training of progressive state legislators and advocates), and coordinating all the Center’s trainings, meetings and special events. Her work there also included the Centers' involvements with the many state caucuses, multiple public policy advocacy organizations, and all of the national state legislator and congressional member organizations. Martin has served as a consultant providing management, leadership and training to many organizations and corporations through Quinta Martin Consulting Services, Inc. (QMCS) through her expertise and certifications in association and conference management, leadership development, marketing, organizational development, governance and strategic planning. For nearly ten years, Martin was the Executive Managing Director for the National Naval Officers Association where she directed programs for this worldwide minority sea services officers organization. She also has been a consultant to the Congressional Black Caucus, National Association of Securities Professionals, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc and the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. Her work with minority entrepreneurs and Cleveland's Fortune 500 corporations contributed to the establishment of the Cleveland Commission on Economic Partnerships and Inclusion. Martin received her BS from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, has completed coursework towards a Masters at Case Western Reserve University, and held a securities license with SBK Brooks Investment Corp wherein as Project Manager she coordinated financial literacy training for state officials. Martin is certified by the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government as a Master Leadership Development Trainer.
Victor Colón Rivera
Board Secretary/Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Victor Colón Rivera is founder and president of VCR Consulting Group, Inc., a Lee Hecht Harrison Global Partner. Since 1989, his firm has been providing creative/innovative Human Resource services in Puerto Rico and throughout the Caribbean. He is a career management pioneer in Puerto Rico having developed copyright Spanish career transition workshops and manuals in outplacement. His business experience includes: President of an Outplacement International company, Certified Associate with Drake Beam Morin, Inc., pioneering Outplacement in Puerto Rico, Southwest Regional Human Resources Manager for Westinghouse, Director of Personnel for the New York City Board of Education, District 12, marketing/sales positions within the communication and insurance industries, and an Air Traffic Controller during the Viet Nam war. He is co-author, with David Osborne, of The Reinventing Government Workbook. Colón is Board Member of the Association of Career Firms International, ICC International Governor, a Certified Career Management Fellow, Certified with the Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) and Master Consultant for The Reinventing Government Network, Inc.
Ronald E. Hall, Sr.
Ronald E. Hall, Sr. is an entrepreneur and a longtime business and civic leader. He is currently the President/CEO of Bridgewater Interiors, a joint venture with Johnson Controls, Inc. Bridgewater Interiors is an automotive supply company with four locations nationwide, servicing General Motors Corporation, Ford Motor Company, and Honda of America Manufacturing. He is also the President/CEO of Renaissance Capital Alliance, an equipment leasing company, Chairman/CEO of New Center Stamping, an automotive service parts stamping facility. Hall is best known for turning the Michigan Minority Business Development Council (MMBDC) into one of the premier minority business organizations in the country. Under Hall’s leadership, MMBDC’s minority business and corporate membership more than doubled. Hall was also Assistant Vice President of Minority Business Development for New Detroit, Inc., the nation’s first urban coalition. Hall has played a key role in minority economic development and policy in the state of Michigan. He served on the Empowerment Zone Board of Directors; was a former member of Detroit Mayor Dennis W. Archer’s Casino Advisory Committee; and played a major role in securing minority procurement commitments from Detroit’s major health care entities and the Tiger/Lions Stadium projects. Hall continues to play an active role in business and civic organizations across the State of Michigan, including New Detroit, Inc., the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce, Booker T. Washington Business Association, and a host of public and private entities. He is also quite active in a number of youth organizations including the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). Hall was elected as a delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business in 1995. Also, Hall was elected the Distinguished Alumni for Western Michigan University in 2000. Hall has been Michigan Boys’ AAU Basketball Chairman for 32 years and under his leadership, boys’ basketball has grown from one club to over 200 clubs serving more than 2500 athletes annually. Additionally, he serves as an AAU Boys National Basketball Commissioner. Hall was also a restaurant franchise owner for many years. Hall has a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and a B.S. in Mathematics from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.