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NLC December Newsletter

The NLC community has been very busy in the last few months, continuing to recruit top talent across the country, preparing to provide trainings nationwide through the NLC Institute, and developing programming that will further support NLC alumni and the greater progressive community.

I want to take a minute to tell you more about it.

NLC 4 – the hub for progressive information and advocacy

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.

You can visit the NLC4 website here:

And don’t forget to like NLC4 on Facebook and follow NLC4 on Twitter.

Matti Miranda, long time member of the NLC community, will be serving as Chief Operating Officer of NLC4. She will also remain a part of NLC as Senior Advisor. We welcome Courtney Madden, 2010 NLC Fellow, as the new NLC Programs Director.   

Preparing for the Institute

We are currently wrapping up our selections process for the 2015 institute – and it’s not going to be an easy task. This recruitment cycle we saw a record number of applications and nominations for our chapters nationwide, with 5,983 nominations and applications for around 650 slots. In January, with the beginning of the 2015 Institute, we will be announcing the latest class of Fellows. I can confidently say this will be the most dynamic class of new leaders I have seen so far.

We also are proud to introduce 10 new chapters this year: Cincinnati, Connecticut, Detroit, Houston, Maine, Maryland, Oakland, Omaha, Palm Beach, and Pittsburgh.

Thank you to the applicants and to the local advisory boards for working on making the 2015 Fellowship class the best yet.

Upcoming events

Along with the Institute, starting this January, we are conducting regional conversations in various cities. These conversations, which are open to the public, bring together over 100 local and national experts on topics millennials are facing today along with current and past NLC Fellows.  Please check the schedule below and join us at one of our upcoming events:

  • March 13 & 14: West Coast Conversation, Los Angeles, CA
  • April 24 & 25 Midwest Conversation, Chicago, IL
  • May 15 & 16 Florida & Southern Conversation, Tampa, FL
  • July 23, 24-25 National Leadership Retreat, Washington D.C.

New Leaders Council community

As we look to increasing the numbers of members of our community, we want to acknowledge a few already in our ranks.

Maurice Cheeks, District 10 alderman on the Madison Common Council, Director of the Wisconsin Innovation Network, and executive board member of New Leaders Council Madison was recently interviewed for Madison Magazine and touched on NLC and the development of the next generation of young, civic-minded leaders; 2010 NLC Boston Fellow Courtney Madden was named Programs Director of NLC; 2014 NLC Kentucky Fellow Megan Stith was named CEO and President of United Way of Central Kentucky; NLC alumni Kellan White, Shane Seaver, and Ben Stango, were named part of 18 young Pennsylvanians shaping politics by Billy Penn. Congratulations to these and all of NLC’s leaders moving their communities forward.

This is just a sliver of the important accomplishments by members of the NLC community in the recent weeks.

As always, thank you for the continued support and participation. It’s truly energizing to be part of such a great community of progressive change makers. I hope to see you at one of our many upcoming events.


Mark Riddle

New Leaders Council Executive Director


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New Leaders Council is a 501 (c) (3) public charity dedicated to educating a new generation of leaders and to providing those leaders with the tools they need to succeed. NLC does not engage in political or legislative activities of any kind, does not support or oppose any candidate for public office, and serves only as an educational leadership training ground.