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New Leaders Council Announces Next Executive Director, Mark Riddle

Press Release
For Immediate Release
July 7, 2011

New Leaders Council Announces Next Executive Director, Mark Riddle
New Leaders Council is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has chosen Mark Riddle to be the next executive director.

Mark Riddle embodies much of NLC’s mission in his personal experiences. As a young person concerned about the state of his country, Mark become involved in politics as a means to effect change, and has worked at all levels of the political process from Presidential campaigns to local races all across America. He joins NLC with a range of managerial and entrepreneurial experience, including serving as partner in a major political media firm, being political director at national organizations that recruited and trained candidates, and founding the Bluegrass Group, a full service government/public affairs and general consulting firm. Since Mark first became involved in the political process during the 1996 Kentucky U.S. Senate race, he has been a strong champion and advocate for young leaders.

“We have found a leader whose experience reflects NLC’s mission,” Mark Walsh, NLC’s Chairman and co-chair of the search committee said. “Mark was uniquely qualified to help take NLC to the next level because of his strengths as a manager, entrepreneurial spirit, and dedication to helping the next generation of progressive leaders succeed.”

“I am humbled and excited to work with New Leaders Council and see a real opportunity to continue to build our mission throughout the country,” Mark Riddle said. “I look forward to working hard to reach NLC’s organizational goal of building the strength and skill sets of America’s next generation of leaders.” Mark will assume leadership following a transition period taking place over the next few weeks.

“While we celebrate Mark’s addition to our team and welcome him to NLC, we take this opportunity to thank Adam Borelli for his remarkable service to NLC,” Mark Walsh, Board Chair. “Adam not only helped found NLC, he has devoted the last six years to building the organization that has trained over 600 new leaders and has grown across the country.”

NLC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that engages a diverse, collaborative national network of progressive political entrepreneurs. The gateway to this network is NLC's flagship program, the NLC Institute, a rigorous 5-month training program that focuses on entrepreneurship, advocacy, team-building, and other change-maker skills. NLC seeks out the top tier of emerging progressive leaders from around the country for the Institute, building a collaborative community of vetted, trained progressive leaders with the skills and support system to help to change the way politics is done and foster a more equitable, just America.

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Zachary Blume, Communications Director


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