Whether you have a large, formal coalition or a small, informal group, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the prospect of contacting a long list of potential partners. Therefore, you might consider identifying a few active individuals who can serve as your coalition's steering committee.
Consider soliciting participation from prominent and respected community leaders: a major employer or union leader; president of the local chamber of commerce; director of local economic development; a spokesperson on issues dealing with the environment, senior citizens or minorities; head of a local charitable or community organization; etc.
If you expect to assemble a large coalition of supporters, the steering committee can serve as the group's leadership team. Members can help develop and guide the coalition's strategy, initiate and organize activities, and lead efforts to recruit new members. The steering committee can also take responsibility for selecting a chairperson or co-chairpersons, and for managing communications, meetings and other activities.