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NLC's New Programs Director

Dear NLC Family,

When we sought a new NLC Programs Director as the newest member of our NLC team, we knew that the best and the brightest in the progressive community would respond. But, frankly, I was blown away by how consistently excellent each applicant was; the NLC community really is the premier progressive community in the country.

With all of these highly skilled and dedicated rising progressive leaders, deciding who to select as Programs Director was not easy. Each candidate was reviewed and interviewed by an independent selections committee made up of NLC leaders from across the country. Their dedicated work was integral to this process, and I thank them.

Now, after three rounds of review and interviews, NLC is proud to announce Courtney Madden, NLC Boston 2010 Fellow, as the new NLC Programs Director. You can reach her at, and learn more about her by reading her bio below.

As you likely know, Matti Miranda will transition to NLC4, our 501(c)(4) scheduled to officially launch shortly, as its Chief Operating Officer. She will also, however, stay on at NLC as a Senior Advisor to aid the transition. In the coming days, Matti will work with Heather Grantham and Rachel Hoge to introduce you individually to Courtney.

Please join me in welcoming Courtney, thanking the selections committee on this difficult and energizing task, and wishing Matti well in her exciting new role.

This is a big moment for the NLC family.

NLC’s continued growth is a direct result of the truly impressive quality of its community. And it demonstrates that now is the moment: it is time for NLC to seize the opportunity, continue to build our community of rising leaders– elected officials, business owners, and nonprofit executives–and shape the course of tomorrow, today.

Mark Riddle


Courtney Madden
Courtney is fresh off the 2014 campaign cycle with a big win electing Rhode Island’s first female governor and first democrat in twenty years to the executive office.

With a background in government and civic education, Courtney has worked at every level of government and empowered citizens at all levels of the influence spectrum. Her specialties are logistics, program management, coalition building, and recruiting people to do things they didn’t realize they would love.

A native of Quincy, Ma; Courtney received her Bachelor of Arts from The Catholic University of America and her law degree from Suffolk University. Courtney was an NLC 2010 Boston Fellow and has supported the Washington, DC and Rhode Island chapters as an alum.

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