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Our NLC Family is everywhere!


I've never been more proud of the NLC Family.  Through the past week, I’ve watched numerous leaders from our community take the stage and lead discussions at the Democratic National Convention. It was great to see so many friends from around the country. 


I watched one of our National Honorary Co-Chairs, Senator Tim Kaine, accept the nomination for Vice President of the United States. I saw another of our Honorary Co-Chairs, Assemblymember Michael Blake, join other leaders on stage to launch a voter registration effort.  I saw graduates from the NLC Institute like Won Palisoul, Dave Wils, Asha Castleberry, and Lorella Praeli on stage supporting progressive policies. I'd also like to thank NLC Honorary Co-Chair, Fiona Ma, for her friendship and leadership during the convention as a member of the DNC credentials committee. 

The community of progressive leaders we’ve built together is making an impact on the national stage, and our future is bright. Let’s keep working together to harness the power of the NLC movement through the rest of the year and beyond to advance the progressive agenda we share.

Check out some of our favorite photos featuring the NLC Family in Philadelphia!

NLC at DNC Millennial Issues Forum

NLC hosted its Millennial Issues Forum, bringing the ideas of the NLC community and presenting their work in NLC’s Building America’s 21st Century Innovation Economy project. Nearly 200 participants heard from keynote speakers and engaged in panel discussions about the impact millennials can have in this year’s election and building a progressive innovation economy.

We also announced the creation of the Progressive Millennial Compact for America. The Compact will build upon the Innovation Economy project we released just two weeks ago at our annual national leadership retreat in Washington, DC!

A huge thank you to our special guests, including House Minority Whip, Congressman Steny Hoyer, as well as our partners CALinnovates and Comcast NBC Universal for helping make the forum a tremendous success.



See more behind the scenes at the NLC at DNC: Millennial Issues Forum!

NLC in the Press

Be sure to check out our NLC Family in the press. NLC leaders took the reigns weighing in on the issues surrounding the upcoming election. NLC’s Senior Media Fellows Richard Fowler and Krystal Ball were on the ground and on the air with essential analysis, and NLC Philadelphia alumnus Dan Kessler briefed nearly 100 foreign media journalists on Youth Issues in 2016.

Check out NLC Senior Media Fellow Richard Fowler’s piece for Ebony, “At DNC, Obama Reminds America of How Far Country Has Come

Watch NLC Senior Media Fellow Krystal Ball as she weighs in on the 2016 presidential race and President Obama’s legacy on FOXNews.


Read about NLC Philadelphia alumnus Dan Kessler briefing foreign media journalists on Youth Issues in the 2016 election.


If you know of another NLCer we should feature, drop us a note here! 

Apply for the 2017 Institute

We are accepting applications for the 2017 NLC Institute. Our NLC Institute is an intensive, five-month progressive entrepreneurship training program. It is the premiere leadership and professional development, training, mentoring, networking, and career advancement program for progressive young professionals.


You can also nominate someone you believe would be an outstanding addition to our community here.

It’s an exciting time for our NLC Family, and I hope you are as proud of the community we’ve built together as I am. We’ve had a fantastic month, and the momentum is on our side. Let’s keep up the work.


Mark Riddle
NLC Executive Director

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