We need A NEW Kind OF LEADER.


Our nation’s converging crises make it clear – leadership matters.

We need ecosystems of proximate leaders who center equity and build trust. Who reflect the communities they serve. Who connect across identities, industries, and issues to make a collective impact.

New Leaders Council provides cross-sector changemakers place-based training and a national network of support – propelling our alumni to create the country we aspire to be.

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new kind of leader

NLC trains and connects the local changemakers who champion equity and fuel progress. We invest in those historically excluded from leadership pipelines, yet are best equipped to solve our nation’s most challenging issues.

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new approach to leadership

Our Fellows practice a leaderful model in their cohorts, where collaboration breaks down silos across identity, issue, and industry. We build connective infrastructure across perspectives that expand resources for collective action.

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New Leaders Council

This new way of leading expands capacity and support for equity movement leaders and systems change. NLC alumni are the driving force behind major cultural and electoral progress that takes years to build.

The person that is coming to NLC in any community is on the cusp of transformational leadership. They are making decisions about where they want to take their organization, their career, and their journey in service…Without training orgs like NLC, there isn’t a pathway for millennial and Gen Z leaders to elevate their leadership. Change has to happen at every level – and if we don’t have pathways to leadership the country cannot move forward.

– Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14)
2014 NLC DC Fellow

NLC is a vibrant community that empowers you with vital skills and knowledge to impact the world’s most pressing problems. But perhaps more importantly, NLC bestows you with the moral courage to do so, from a community that believes in what you believe, in a moment that calls for bold and visionary leaders, thinkers, and doers.

– Dr. Atul Nakhasi
NLC Los Angeles 2020

NLC members and Fellows must stand in their purpose and declare their intent to move forward an equity-based agenda that focuses on solutions for our most marginalized communities.

– Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-5)
NLC Atlanta 2013

Fellows in the 2022 NLC Institute class.


Of Fellows pay no tuition for the NLC Institute.


Volunteers leading our 50 state and local chapters.

Members of the NLC Los Angeles cohort lead a discussion.

Our signature program creates a leaderful movement

NLC Institute is a six-month place-based learning environment, delivered across the country in each of our chapters and offered at no cost to participants. Our chapters work with national and local trainers to implement the program, providing a premier training experience and a strong grounding in the local community.

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From the Newsroom

Learn more about the collective impact our community of changemakers is making across the country.

May 1, 2023 A Love Letter and Call to Action to NLC Volunteers

VP of Programs Karen Pandy-Cherry shares gratitude and a new opportunity to lead nationally.

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