New Leaders Council (NLC) is a national organization training the future generation of progressive leaders during a five-month Institute program. There are 44 chapters across the country, and we’re expanding to new cities every year.
New Leaders Council (NLC) was founded in 2005 in San Francisco to address a gap in progressive leadership development.
The mission of New Leaders Council (NLC) is to train and support the next generation of progressive entrepreneurs and civic leaders: those who are leading industries, setting trends, and building institutions that support robust civic and political life in a global America.
NLC believes in recruiting emerging leaders from outside of the traditional power structures, engaging them on both local and national levels, and equipping them to be civic leaders — in the private sector, in the public sector, for elective office, and in their communities and workplaces.
NLC accomplishes this mission primarily through the NLC Institute: the nation’s premiere progressive entrepreneurship training program that builds local teams of outstanding emerging professionals in 45 cities across the nation. NLC Fellows engage in an intensive ten days of training over a five-month period to learn cutting-edge entrepreneurship, leadership, political, and management skills from over 150 industry-leading volunteer faculty. Fellows are paired with mentors, join a national alumni network, and agree to fundraise to support the next class of Fellows.
The result of NLC is a growing corps of diverse and highly-skilled new progressive leaders who rise to the top of their fields, working together across sectors and in their local cities to build, expand, and improve the progressive infrastructure necessary for strong democracy, social justice, and equal opportunity.