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New Leaders Council

New year, new class, same values

NLC Family,

Along with bringing in a new year, January is bringing a lot of exciting events to the New Leaders Council community. For instance, we’re kicking off new programming to support NLC’s alumni, and NLC4 is finalizing its governing and advisory boards.

But first, I want to tell you the most exciting news: January launched the 2015 NLC Class!


Please read on to learn about the excellent Fellows that have been accepted as the newest members of the NLC community, as well as all the other big news on the horizon.

NLC Institutes – almost 700 new Fellows join the NLC community
This month, nearly 700 Fellows across the nation kicked off the first NLC Institute session of 2015.  The initial Institute weekend challenges Fellows to look inward and assess the ways in which to lead, according to our progressive values. By sharing the results of this introspection, Fellows begin to form deep-rooted bonds with their class and build an authentic support system essential to any progressive entrepreneur.


NLC Philadelphia
NLC Madison
NLC Kentucky
NLC New Jersey

We would like to say thank you to hundreds of volunteers nationwide who continue to work diligently to identify new rising stars to be tomorrow’s Fellows, and who coordinate the Institute sessions for their local community’s premier progressive training program. Thank you. And also, we want to send a big virtual welcome to every Fellow that is joining the NLC community…welcome!

NLC Montana
NLC Chicago
NLC Capital District NY

The NLC institute is a highly competitive program. This year we received nearly 6,000 applications and nominations for at most 700 slots.  If you applied but were not selected, rest assured that the selection process is a difficult task and that we want you to stay connected with the NLC community. Be on the look out as we roll out new training, educational, and networking opportunities specifically for you.

NLC Oakland
NLC Washington D.C.

Another addition to NLC
Along with the incoming NLC Class, we would like to welcome Justin Braz, NLC New Jersey Chapter Director and founding member of NLC NJ to the NLC Board of Directors.  Through his leadership, NLC NJ has broken records and received multiple honors. We are excited to welcome his leadership to the national stage.

Alumni events and NLC4
New Leaders Council’s Community Action Initiative (NLC4), our new advocacy organization, is working to support NLC alumni in all their endeavors advancing progressive policy. NLC4 continues NLC’s mission by educating, promoting, and networking promising leaders in the progressive community, and by conducting research and advocacy for programs, legislation, and other social action that will benefit the progressive community nationwide.

This month, NLC4 is having the first NLC4 reception, where members of the NLC community as well as the larger progressive sphere, will come together to mingle and hear about NLC4. If you can, please join us at the NLC4 launch reception to learn more about what NLC4 will do and how to be a part. Details on this event are below and can be found on the NLC4 events calendar .

If you’re in the Washington D.C. area, we hope that you can join us! If you can, RSVP today as space is limited.

NLC4 Launch Reception
When: Thursday 1/22/15, 6pm est
Where: NLC4, 1200 New Hampshire Ave NW, 5th Floor, Washington DC 20036
Info: We’re honored to announce the launch of New Leaders Council’s Community Action Initiative (NLC4). NLC4, New Leaders Council’s 501(c)(4) organization, will educate, promote, and network promising leaders in the progressive community, and conduct and provide research to advocate for programs, legislation, and other social action that will benefit the progressive community nationwide.
As part of this mission, NLC4 will serve as the hub for the leaders of the millennial generation and leading progressives to receive, distribute, and discuss topical information and analysis, and connect and strategize on issues—all while promoting NLC alumni in the process.
Join us on Thursday, January 22 at the NLC4 offices to learn more about this exciting organization. Refreshments will be provided.
Cost: Free

Along with the NLC & NLC4 roundtable series that we will launch in the coming weeks, NLC continues to provide regional conversations—conferences that bring over 120 Fellows, alumni, local board members, and experts on issues each of our country’s regions are facing. The first Conversation of 2015 will be the West Coast Conversation held this March in Los Angeles. Join us on March 13 & 14 as we discuss Building toward the Future and the Progressive Bench. Save the date now and we'll send you the registration link in the next week or so.

NLC4 Board of Directors and Advisory Board
To govern NLC’s new 501(c)(4) organization and to guide the programming it will provide to NLC alumni and the greater progressive community, NLC4’s Board of Directors and Advisory Board are currently being formed. We look forward to announcing more members soon, but for now, please join me in welcoming Loranne Ausley, Attorney with the Tallahassee law firm of Hollimon PA to the Board of Directors and Michael Breen, Executive Director of Truman National Security Project; Jill Hanauer, President and CEO of Project New America; Micha Liberty, Practicing Trial Attorney and Vice President of the Consumer Attorneys of California; and Will Marshall, President and Founder of Progressive Policy Institute to the Advisory Board.

Progressive values are reinforced and advanced when tomorrow’s progressive leaders in all sectors and geographies are trained, connected, and supported.

NLC is doing just that, and this will be our biggest year yet.

We look forward to working together this year, stay tuned for much more to come.

All the best,
Mark Riddle
New Leaders Council Executive Director

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