2023 Annual Report

Community. Leadership. Movement.



New Leaders Council expands local changemakers’ capacity to organize collectively.

New Leaders Council offers a consistent, inclusive “civic home” where local changemakers can refuel, sharpen their organizing skills, and find allies for political and social change.

New Leaders Council Institute creates a space for Fellows to find a bootcamp, rest stop, and town square all in one. Fellows practice skills in an interactive environment in a community that offers belonging and partnership.

our community leadership movement framework

New Leaders Council creates trust, belonging, and inclusion across different backgrounds through shared experiences that deepen relationships in cohorts, chapters and the national network.


of 2023 NLC Fellows said, “I am more confident in my ability to be an engaged alumni, tap in to my local network, and give back to my local chapter.”


of 2023 NLC Fellows said, “I am more confident in my ability to form new collaborations in local contexts with people from different sectors and with different identities.”

New Leaders Council creates opportunities to practice skills that build power for the underrepresented – communications/narrative, fundraising, organizing, policy making and advocacy.


of 2023 NLC Fellows said, “I am more confident in my ability to create a timeline for my projects, identify accountability partners, and create a plan to present my ideas to an audience.”


of 2023 NLC Fellows said, “I understand how my strengths, passions, values, and needs affect the way I show up as a leader.”

New Leaders Council builds connective infrastructure across perspectives that expand resources for collective action by reaching the root issues from multiple angles and perspectives.


of 2023 NLC Fellows said that they will actively mobilize voters in the upcoming election cycle.


of 2023 NLC Fellows said that they will advocate for policy change in their community after completing NLC Institute.

Fernando Trejo-Lozano

NLC Silicon Valley 2023

Vanessa Garcia Polanco

NLC Washington DC 2023 Agriculture

Lucina Kayee

NLC Twin Cities 2023

Joanne Celestin

NLC Orlando 2023

Adena White

NLC Arkansas 2023

Yannick Wood

NLC New Jersey 2023

Sarah Allred

NLC San Antonio 2023


NLC New Hampshire 2023

Adam Powell

NLC Austin 2023

Erika Ngo

NLC Sacramento 2023

Imran Hossain

NLC New York City 2023

Community Visits

NLC chapters share the lessons they learn outside the meeting room by activating in their communities and workplaces to advance progress. In 2023, NLC South TX Frontera participated in events from Laredo to South Padre Island. They did meal shares with mutual aid funds, cultural celebrations, and even visited the SpaceX test site to discuss community impact.

Movement Leaders

NLC encourages chapters to choose the causes they want to champion based on their passion. In 2023, NLC New York City launched the “4th Saturdays” series where they volunteer with The Mission Continues to create civic, educational, and green spaces at a local nonprofit focused on supporting girls and gender expansive youth of color.

Advancing Progress

NLC believes in breaking down silos and building networks that connect movements. In 2023, NLC San Francisco aligned their chapter fundraiser with Fellows’ passions and raised the most funds ever associated with Fellows’ causes. The chapter strategized and applied for grants with local missions aligned organizations and was awarded a $5,000 grant from Junior League of San Francisco.