About New Leaders Council

New Leaders Council (NLC) is a national organization training the future generation of progressive leaders.  There are 48 chapters across the country that are entirely managed by volunteers, including four chapters in the Bay Area: San Francisco, Oakland, Silicon Valley, and Sacramento. 

New Leaders Council (NLC) was founded in 2005 right here in San Francisco to address a gap in progressive leadership development.

The mission of NLC is to train and support the next generation of progressive entrepreneurs: those who are leading sectors, driving thought leadership, and building sustainable progressive civic and political infrastructure.

NLC recruits emerging leaders from outside of the traditional power structures for an highly selective five-month progressive entrepreneurship training program called Institute. During Institute, the cohort engages in participatory workshops around communication, campaign management, examining current events with a progressive lens, policy reform, and organizing.

NLC also sustains a robust national alumni community, presenting regular with opportunities to engage with – and challenge – current policymakers to create blueprints to tackle current and future policy issues and to support one another along their individual path to a more progressive political and cultural landscape.

NLC has 48 chapters across the country in red and blue states with nearly 6,000 alumni. NLC is a true reflection of the Millennial generation with 57 percent of our NLC community as non-white and 53 percent women. NLC is one of the few organizations focused on building a new governing coalition.

Institute Class 2018

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