An unending challenge of democracy is the unequal distribution of representation, influence, and power. Communities of color, women, and LGBT populations have historically been underrepresented in elective office and appointed positions. Demographic shifts in San Diego, including increasing numbers and diversity of refugee communities, have added other population groups to the patchwork of underrepresented communities. Therefore, the region’s leadership does not keep pace with the change in demographics. The San Diego Leaders coalition works to evolve our systems of choosing decision-makers to give people from all communities in San Diego the opportunity to have a seat at the table so they can begin to overcome the barriers that have prevented those in their communities from becoming decision-makers.