Orlando Chapter

Place-Based. People-Powered. Equity-Focused. Training Central Florida’s new leaders.

NLC Orlando seeks to create inclusive, equitable communities by developing and supporting change leaders through place-based, proximate leadership development and community building.


Since our founding, we’ve trained and connected 119 local changemakers.


Years serving Central Florida’s leaders.


Professional sectors represented in the 2021 Cohort.

NLC has given me an opportunity to expand my horizons, lean into my goals, and create once in a lifetime bonds with people. When the program began I had only a faint idea of where I wanted to go, what I wanted to create, or how to get there. NLC not only gave me the tools to find that clarity but the inspiration and confidence to put those plans into action. Every step of the way I have been supported by the fellows in my cohort, chapter directors, and alumni.

– Nicole Hamm (she/her)
2021 NLC Orlando Fellow

NLC has inspired me to dream bigger and has given me the confidence to step into leadership positions at work and within NLC. The support and endless positivity of my cohort and institute leaders really made the experience meaningful. I look forward to the opportunity to help recreate similar experiences for our incoming fellows.

– Haifa Baptiste (she/her)
2020 NLC Orlando Fellow

Participating in NLC did not only allow me to grow professionally but also provided me with a network of community-driven change-makers that inspired me to seek to create a lasting impact in my community. NLC made me an effective leader and public servant.

– Samuel Vilchez Santiago (he/him)
2017 NLC Orlando Fellow

2023 Fellows



Elizabeth Aulner

Cecilia “Cece” Gonzalez

Samuel Reddick

Jasmine N. Joseph

Cynthia Laurent

Elise Apelian

Uniqua Deberry

Jessica Hernandez

Charlean L. Gatlin

Devin G. Young

Dr. Michelle Smith

Brian Marshall

Raven Sansbury

Dr. Melonie Sexton


Amelia Gillis
Andrea Ortiz
Cheyenne Drews
Janet Nape
Jesse Stokes
Kristina Kus
Nadia Douglas
Nicole Burich
Nicole Hamm
Rebecca Gayoso
Ryan Whitaker
Sarah Stokes
Segun Adenekan
Sheldon Williams
Tamara Frazier
Terrance Fisher


Annie Blanc

Anoop Sheth

Antonio Losavio

Carolyn Cape

Grayson Lanza

Greg Trujillo

Haifa Baptiste

Jazlyn Gallego

Jose Gamboa

Katie Smith

Kristi Lowery

La’Ebony Leggins

Meelah Lowery

Oliver Telusma

Samanta Franchim

Sana Amarasinghi

Tatiana McKinney-Stokes

Timothy Wolfinger


Ashley Wright

Chandra Griffin

Danielle Lyn

Ed Rodriguez

Ethan Emery

Gianna Cifredo

Jessica Walker

Laura McGuire

Lawrence Yancy

Nick Smith

Pablo Best

Peggy Gustave

Penelope Barrett

Renata Glebocki

Thomas Luethi


Andrea Otero

Ashley Baker

Brendan Guess

Carmen Rasnick

Charles Knighton

Gregory Eisenberg

Jenay Byrd

Mark Webster

Nicole Sims

Rebecca McLean

Sahil Patel

Taylor Robinson

Wesley Lewis


Abdelrahman Zeini

Aubrey Kuperman

Bryant Santana

Charles Cofield

Codeye Woody

Danielle Groves

Dawn Curtis

Jason Lawrence

Justin Miller

Kadie Hayward Mullins

Kelda Senior

Kelli Murray

Leydi Restrepo

Patti Brownsord

Roberto Baptiste

Samuel Vilchez Santiago

Shante Pressley

Shayla Mount

Temika Hampton

Usha Tewari


Bernice Bird

Brianna Mobley

Chelsea Daley

Clyde Lemon

Coleman Watson

Danielle Ridenour

Dennis Levy

Devin Parker

Francesca Parker

James Ryan

Jesse Feder

Malik Haughton

Mary Rebekah Fritz

Nicole Varma

Pernell Bush

Raquel Fernandez

Rupa Venkatesh

Shama Grimmage

Sisse Ferguson

Te ara Johnson

Todd Clarke

Tyler Kraus


Ali Kurnaz

Andrew Bell

Chris Donnell

Clayton Ferrara

Cliff Davy

Domenico Laurenza

Jerry Pena

Leland Taylor

Leslie Wolcott

Marissa Corrente

Michelle Stile

Morgan Harvey

Nicole Higgins

Ricky Ly

Robert Walters

Whitney Magers

Yulissa Arce


Dave Plotkin

Chiquita Raines

Corey Douglas

Dylan Shepherd

Joel Goldstein

Jose Balasquide

Joseph Coury

Joshua Walker

Kelly Quintero

Laura Blundy

Marc D Antin

Matthew Blood

Robyn Lorfink

Sarah Elbadri

Tricia D Antin

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