Thank you, #NLC10

Thank you, #NLC10

I have never been more proud to be a part of this community.  The last few days at our National Leadership Retreat in Washington, D.C. made it abundantly clear that we are stronger than ever, and are becoming the organization our founders envisioned ten years ago.

Over the weekend, dynamic speakers from the NLC community educated and inspired attendees on what it means to be a progressive CEO, ways to solve the immigration debate, young voter engagement, and more. We also heard from policy leaders like White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and business leaders like Comcast’s David Cohen.  We were inspired to action by Dr. Leana Wen. We presented our first progressive economic policy ideas to Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo and other members of Congress.

We remembered that we find energy and strength through our NLC Family as we head back to our communities to advance our progressive mission.


See more photos from #NLC10 on our Facebook page!

We owe tremendous thanks to Progressive Policy Institute and CALinnovates, our partners in the Building America’s 21st Century Innovation Economy project, as well as the NLC alumni authors who dedicated countless hours to begin our incubator of ideas project. We also thank our special guests and panelists for their help in making #NLC10 a success:

Keynote Speakers:

-       White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett

-       Comcast Executive Senior Vice President David Cohen

-       NLC Chairman of the Board Chris Kelly

-       Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen

-       NLC Senior Media Fellow Richard Fowler

-       Campaign Strategist, Journalist and NLC Senior Fellow Krystal Ball

-       Writer, Critic & TV Personality Touré

Innovation Economy Briefing Special Guests:

-       US House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

-       US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

-       US Congressswoman Anna Eshoo

-       US Congresswoman Doris Matsui

-       US Congressman Jared Polis

-       US Congressman Brendan Boyle

Panelists & Special Guests:

-       NLC National Board of Directors

-       US Congressman Jerry McNerney

-       Dr. Paul Hernandez, Chief Diversity Officer, Lansing Community College

-       David Osborne, Senior Fellow, Progressive Policy Institute

-       Elizabeth Whitehouse, Director of Education and Workforce Development, Council of State Governments

-       Kish Rajan, Chief Evangelist, CALinnovates

-       Jason Towns, Managing Partner, Groundwork

-       Mark Walsh, Associate Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration

-       Ron Klain, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Revolution LLC

-       James Araby, Executive Director, UFCW Western States Council

-       Fiona Greig, Director of Consumer Research, JP Morgan Chase Institute

-       Tommy Hayes, Policy Partnerships Manager, Lyft

-       Lindsay Elin, Director, Federal and Community Affairs, Uber

-       Will Marshall, President & Founder, Progressive Policy Institute

-       Hilary Cain, Director of Technology & Innovation, Toyota

-       Brooke Oberwetter, Manager of External Affairs, Facebook, Washington DC

-       Aaron Severn, Senior Director, Federal Legislative Affairs, American Wind Energy Association

-       Kristin Hajduk, Advisor for Special Operations & Irregular Warfare Policy, Department of Defense

-       Andrew Borene, Executive, IBM

-       Mary Gelinas, Managing Director, Gelinas James, Inc.

-       Cait Whela, Founder & Noter-in-Chief, The Lightning Notes

-       Clare Bresnahan, Executive Director, She Should Run

-       Allison Abney, Communications Director, Emerge America

After a tremendous retreat, we know that progress must march on. I wanted to make sure you knew had the opportunity to join others from the NLC community at NLC4's NLC at DNC Millennial Issues Forum next week. 

Millennials are front and center in the 2016 election, and it’s crucial that the issues affecting the millennial generation are addressed. The NLC @ DNC Millennial Issues Forum will feature discussions on issues surrounding the innovation economy and how those issues are being addressed in the 2016 election. 


NLC @ DNC: A Millennial Issues Forum

The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia PA

July 26th 10:00am-12:00pm


I am also proud to report that NLC is working with the Congressional Black Caucus Institute and is conducting their training sessions this week. NLC Honorary Co-Chair and New York Assemblymember Mike Blake kicked off the training yesterday afternoon. We’re honored to be a part of the important conversations at the CBC Institute and playing a role in moving America forward.



Finally, we are accepting applications for the 2017 NLC Institute. As you know, the NLC Institute is an intensive, five-month progressive entrepreneurship training program. It is the permiere leadership and professional development, training, mentoring, networking, and career advancement program for progressive young professionals.





Let us remember as we move forward that our strength comes from our community, and that our service to others is what defines the NLC Family. I am so proud to be a part of this team.



Mark Riddle
NLC Executive Director