our 2015

our 2015

I can’t believe another year is coming to an end. We’ve trained hundreds of new progressive leaders, brought our community together through successful regional events across the country, had the honor of sitting down with the White House for policy briefings, welcomed three new Honorary Co-Chairs, and so much more.

This was a great year.

We couldn’t have done any of this without your time, your dedication, and your financial support.

So please take a moment to review our 2015, get ready for 2016, and to donate $5 here https://newleaderscouncil.nationbuilder.com/end_of_year_2015

Looking back – 2015

To start 2015, NLC welcomed nearly 700 Fellows across the nation to the NLC Family and kicked off the 2015 Institutes. We continue to be blown away by the talent, diversity, and dedication to progressive values that our 2016 Fellow class demonstrates: this class saw 60% of Fellows who were people of color and 56% female. You can read more about our Fellows here: http://www.newleaderscouncil.org/2015_fellows

We also saw seven new Institutes this year: Connecticut, Detroit, Houston, Maine, Oakland, Omaha, and Palm Beach. This was a strong first year for each of these chapters – a testament to their leadership and the vitality of the NLC mission.

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Hundreds of NLC Fellows, alumni and friends joined us as we hosted three NLC Conversations to discuss important issues such as education, social justice, healthcare, and the economy. Our Northeast Conversation in Philadelphia, West Coast Conversation in Los Angeles, and Florida Conversation in Orlando featured guests and speakers such as U.S. Senator Bill Nelson; David Cohen, Executive Vice President of Comcast; Nevada State Assembly Member Lucy Flores; Hon. Fiona Ma; Mayor Graham Richard, and more.

NLC New Jersey hosted their first Health Care Summit: Fostering Progressive Change in New Jersey’s Health Care System. This summit was a first step in a critical policy discussion and was attended by more than 100 elected officials, panelists, and emerging leaders from New Jersey.

We were proud to congratulate NLC DC Fellow Lorella Praeli following her appointment to Hillary Clinton’s campaign as Latino Outreach Director. NLC works to train rising stars like Lorella to have the skills and courage to pursue careers in public service and shape the future landscape of our country.

Texas Sen. Davis at NLC Retreat

Our National Leadership Retreat brought over 400 progressive leaders from across the country together in Washington, D.C. in July to continue to build NLC and tackle issues related to environmental and energy sustainability, technology as a provider of opportunity and upward mobility, the evolving healthcare system, and more. We heard from progressive leaders such as Secretary Julian Castro, former state senator Wendy Davis, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Congresswoman Donna Edwards, Congressman David Cicilline as well as other members of Congress and leaders in the media, business and public service. As a first for NLC, we were invited into the White House for policy discussions with key leaders of the administration. On every front, this year’s retreat was a huge success.

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NLC added some outstanding talent to our organization’s leadership—U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, New York Assemblymember Mike Blake, and former Speaker Pro Tempore of the California State Assembly Fiona Ma joined NLC as National Honorary Co-Chairs. It is an honor to have these leaders become an integral part of NLC as we continue to build the bench of progressive leaders in government.



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NLC Class of 2016

Our chapters are currently busy at work selecting the next class of NLC Fellows. Every year, NLC sees the most talented group of rising leaders apply to the NLC Institute and this year we are expanding our reach with institutes to launch in Austin, Denver, Maryland, San Antonio, and Twin Cities.


The selections process is very difficult as we gather many more applications from talented progressive leaders than we can accept. We will continue to keep applicants that are not selected as part of the NLC community—in January, we will announce the class of nearly 800 NLC Fellows of the class of 2016. Be sure to keep an eye out for our announcement!

Your support

NLC is an organization that makes every dollar count. The contributions that are made to NLC go straight to support our efforts to recruit, train, and promote the next generation of progressive leaders and connect the greater progressive community through our events and other programs. The NLC Institute is free of charge to every Fellow that successfully completes, and as you know, the Institute is not free to run. Your contribution ensures that quality trainings on topics such as messaging, fundraising, management, personal development and everything in between, are accessible to as many young leaders as possible, across all sectors and backgrounds. Please take a minute to donate $5 here:


I’m very excited to look back at such a tremendous year. And I know that together we will continue to break records and effect positive change in each of our communities.

Mark Riddle
New Leaders Council Executive Director