May 14, 2020


The past few months have demonstrated resilience in people and communities across the globe – and New Leaders Council is no different.

Our fellows and alumni are supporting their neighbors and communities during this crisis - demonstrating the power of the NLC community in action. In Boston, 2020 Fellow Dr. Allister Martin led a campaign with his cohort to change a racially-biased policy outlining the criteria for ventilator allocation. Learn how they mobilized to create an equitable response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

At the beginning of March, NLC made the decision to switch to all digital programming. Our 2020 Fellows have connected locally and nationally continuing their leadership development on trainings on communications, fundraising, and diversity, equity and inclusion.

NLC chapters are skillfully pivoting from event-based fundraising this spring to digital engagements. NLC operates on a pay-it-forward model, where this year's fellows fundraise to ensure next year's cohort can attend at no cost. You can support your local New Leaders Council chapter here. 

And this is just the beginning of the work we have led over the past few months. Our fellows and alumni have stepped up for the NLC movement and for one another – supporting those who are experiencing illness, loss, and job and family challenges. Below are more stories of their resilient leadership.

Millennials are the Unseen Leaders in the Coronavirus Crisis

NLC President and CEO Clare Bresnahan English was recently published in The Hill discussing Millennials' role during the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis. Read Clare's op-ed here. 

NLC in Action

Led by current NLC fellow Dr. Alister Martin, NLC Boston fellows created a campaign to change a racially-biased policy outlining the criteria for ventilator allocation at MA hospitals. On April 20, the Crisis Standards of Care Advisory Committee reversed course and revised the guidelines based on the activism of these NLC Fellows. Learn more about their work here. 

2021 Fellowship Applications Now Open! 

New Leaders Council is where you can find your people and find your purpose. We are a community of changemakers who are doing the work together to make a real and lasting difference. Apply to be a 2021 NLC fellow here. 

Know someone who would be a great addition to the NLC family? Nominate a leader for the fellowship here. 

Congratulations to Our Newest Elected Officials

Congratulations to four #NLCFamily members on their general election victories last month in Wisconsin. 2014 Fellow David Crowley is the new Milwaukee County Executive. NLC Wisconsin Co-Founder Mike Bare, 2018 Fellow Alex Joers, and 2019 Fellow Sarah Smith were all elected to the Dane County Board of Supervisors in Madison, WI. Meet all of NLC's Elected Officials Network here.

NLC Joins #GivingTuesdayNow Movement

For 15 years, NLC has trained and supported 9,000 of our country’s emerging leaders. Now in this time of crisis, those leaders are coming together to serve their communities when we need them most.

On Tuesday, May 5, NLC participated in #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity. We want to thank all who supported NLC during Giving Tuesday Now.  

And it's not too late to support the work we are doing. Can you make a donation of $25, $50 or $100 today to support NLC’s work?

Thank you NLC Volunteers

Volunteer Appreciation Month in April celebrates the hard work, determination and innovation of nearly 2,000 NLC volunteers. To our Chapter Directors and Boards, National Volunteer Teams, Caucus Leaders, Chapter Advisory Boards, Facilitators & Trainers, Mentors and so many more…thank you. Thank you for the work you do to recruit, train and promote the rising generations of progressive leaders.