Our Incredible March

Our Incredible March

NLC continues to make an impact in communities across the nation, and we are incredibly excited about the road ahead. Our leaders continue to be an impressive group of diverse and progressive individuals from all walks of life who are rising to the top of their respective fields. 

Exciting News for the NLC Institute 

With the 2016 NLC Institute in full-swing, each class of NLC Fellows are completing their training in digital organizing, strategic communications, and fundraising strategies across the country. Be on the look out for a Fellows Fundraiser event near you to meet this year’s Fellows and help them pay it forward for the next class! 

As if that isn’t excitement enough, we’re also announcing the launch of the NLC Institute in New Hampshire!  Our NLC New Hampshire Fellows participated in the Life Entrepreneurship training and are excited to about the dynamic training that lies ahead. 

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See more behind the scenes of the Institutes across the country on social media this weekend by following #NLCInstitute and #NLCFamily!

The NLC Institute comes at no cost to our Fellows, and we can't do it without your support. Can you pitch in $10 to support our mission?

A Conversation with Millennial Leaders

Last weekend, NLC and NLC4 hosted our Building America’s 21st Century Innovation Economy: A Conversation with Millennial Leaders in San Francisco. Throughout the day, members of the audience had the opportunity to have engaging discussions with thought leaders in business and government about the how we must prepare for and build an innovation economy for the next generation.

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The attendees were captivated by Vivek Ranadivé, founder of TIBCO and chairman and CEO of the Sacramento Kings, as he shared his thoughts on Civilization 3.0 and the opportunities and challenges that come with the advancement in technology. Alyssa Rapp, the managing partner of AJR Ventures, discussed what it takes to make it as an entrepreneur. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, the representative for Silicon Valley, encouraged members of the NLC community to use the power of the Millennial Generation to influence policy to build a better future. We appreciate Congressman Eric Swalwell (CA-15), California Assemblymember David Chiu, San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener and Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper for joining us at our supporter dinner on Friday evening. 

Special thanks to our keynote speakers and panelists for their participation and discussion with our NLC Community:

Speakers: Hon. Fiona Ma, NLC Honorary Co-Chair, Vivek Ranadivé, Alyssa Rapp, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, and NLC Chair Chris Kelly
NLC4/PPI Economy Project Panel: Matti Miranda, Elena Ruiz, Zac Townsend, Kenneth Wun and Chris Kelly
Building the Next Generation Energy Economy Panel: Graham Richard, Kit Cole, Angela Fentiman and David Rosenheim
The Sharing Economy Panel: Kish Rajan, Adam Borelli, Annabel Chang and Jillian Irvin

We’re looking forward to more discussions with thought leaders like these at our upcoming events in Detroit, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. See more about those below.

NLC New Jersey Fellow Aakash Shah Recognized as a “Champion of Change”


NLC New Jersey Fellow Aakash Shah was recognized this month by the White House as one of ten individuals across the country as a “Champion of Change for the Affordable Care Act.” Aakash is recognized for his tireless work to ensure that individuals in his community benefit from every aspect of the Affordable Care Act. Aakash is the Founder and Executive Director of Be Jersey Strong, which trains and mobilizes the student community health workers to address health-related social needs. Be Jersey Strong recruited more than 500 students, two-thirds of whom spoke a second language, to provide outreach and enrollment assistance in communities throughout New Jersey.

Watch the event via The White House YouTube Channel.

Upcoming NLC & NLC4 Events 

Building America's Communities: A Conversation On Inequality and Opportunity
Saturday, May 14 at 10:00 am in Detroit, MI
Registration and Agenda Coming Soon.

NLC National Leadership Retreat - Building America's Future: 10 Years of Progressive Leadership
Thursday, July 14-16 in Washington, D.C.
Registration and Agenda Coming Soon.

National Emerging Leaders Training
Sunday, July 17 at 10:00 am in Washington, D.C.
Register: http://www.nlc4.org/2016_national_emerging_leaders

Tuesday, July 26 at 10:00 am
Registration and Agenda Coming Soon.

NLC in the News
NLC Honorary Co-Chair U.S. Senator Tim Kaine: Senate owes Garland a hearing. Read the full story.
NLC Boston alum Linda Naval: What's Really at Stake When Congressional Staff Deserve Better Pay. Read the full story.
NLC Miami alum Kevin Michael recognized as one of "5 Black Miami Entrepreneurs You Need to Know." Read the full story. 

I hope you’ll join us at one of our upcoming events. I am incredibly excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for our community and know that our progressive leaders across the country will continue to fight for the values that we share. 


Mark Riddle
NLC Executive Director