What a week for NLC!

What a week for NLC!

Whoa -- it’s been an incredible week for NLC and our community! Check out these quick updates from the #NLCFamily!

1) Lauren Underwood (NLC Washington DC) won a congressional democratic primary in Illinois
Lauren Underwood won a seven-way primary in the Illinois’ 14th congressional district with almost 60% of the vote! Lauren is the youngest African-American woman running for Congress. Prior to her campaign, she served as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in President Obama's administration. Congratulations, Lauren!

Also in Illinois: State Representative Justin Slaughter (NLC Chicago) won his party primary for re-election to the Illinois State House, 27th District. And, a huge win for Rebecca Reynolds (NLC Chicago) helped win a huge race as the campaign manager for Fritz Kaegi. 

2) Aaron Carr (NLC New York City) and his non-profit, Housing Rights Initiative, made headlines for their investigation into Kushner Cos. real estate practices

Aaron’s NLC Institute capstone laid the foundation for launching the Housing Rights Initiative to protect tenants from landlord abuse in New York City.

Here’s more from the report: “It’s bare-faced greed,” said Aaron Carr, founder of Housing Rights Initiative, a tenants’ rights watchdog that compiled the work permit application documents and shared them with The Associated Press. “The fact that the company was falsifying all these applications with the government shows a sordid attempt to avert accountability and get a rapid return on its investment.”

Read the AP exclusive via The Washington Post on the Housing Rights Initiative's investigation into Kushner Cos.

3) New York State Assembly Member Michael Blake welcomes NLC Capital District - NY leaders to the State Assembly

NLC National Honorary Co-Chair Michael Blake recognized leaders from the NLC Capital District - NY chapter during their Capitol Days event. He featured several local NLC alumni who are elected to public office in Albany and thanked them all for their commitment to public service. He also presented them with a proclamation from the State Assembly. 

Watch and share the video of Michael’s remarks here!

4) ICYMI: Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro will keynote the #NLCConvention

Yesterday, we officially opened registration for the 2018 #NLCConvention! NLC is bringing together millennial, political and thought leaders from across the country to share their experiences, ideas and inspiration to chart the course for the Future of Millennial America.

Our first keynote speaker is former HUD Secretary Julián Castro. In 2014, President Obama named Julián Castro the 16th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development after serving as Mayor of San Antonio, Texas. At HUD, he led progress at the Department that earned it recognition as one of the most improved federal agencies.

Register for #NLCConvention today before early-bird pricing ends on April 15!

5) Linda Honold joins NLC Board of Directors

NLC named Linda Honold to the national Board of Directors. Linda is a Scholar-Practitioner with over 25 years’ experience developing systems, networks, and organizations.  Her expertise is in assessing situations from a macro/systemic viewpoint and working with people of diverse opinions and perspectives to envision, plan for and move into an ideal future. Since 2005 she has worked to strengthen engagement in democracy Wisconsin’s progressive ecosystem. She has served as Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin and was the founding Executive Director of Wisconsin Voices.

We’re excited to welcome Linda to the NLC Family!