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New Leaders Council


Who We Are

New Leaders Council (NLC) recruits fellows from outside traditional power structures and equips them with the skills necessary to be civic leaders in their communities and workplaces. NLC seeks out the top tier of emerging progressive leaders from around the country for NLC Institute, the premier leadership and professional development, training, mentoring, networking, and career and political advancement program for young professionals. 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.


A Unique Program

While there are many programs for college students and for mid-career professionals, New Leaders Council fills the gap for post-college leadership development. An intense, five-month progressive entrepreneurship training program, each NLC Institute is highly-selective, admitting only 15 to 20 fellows to each program. NLC Fellows engage in an intensive five-month period to learn cutting-edge entrepreneurship, management, advocacy, and political management skills from about 300 industry-leading volunteer faculty. Fellows are also paired with career mentors and agree to fundraise to support the next class of Fellows.


East Bay Chapter

Since NLC’s founding, it has expanded from one chapter in 2006 and 2007 to 35 chapters nationwide. NLC’s East Bay Chapter was founded in 2014 upon the strong organizing tradition of Oakland. We aim to engage a diverse, collaborative network of progressive entrepreneurs who hold true to our values of:


  • People power. We are rooted in, cultivate and leverage the power of the people.
  • Integrity. We conduct all that we do with integrity. We act honestly and responsibly and promote ethical practices on the part of the communities with whom we are affiliated.
  • Honor and respect for the community. We believe in honoring and respecting the community’s culture and heritage in order to build our collective future.
  • Inclusion and diversity. We know the importance of working with nontraditional partners and embarking upon nontraditional pathways. We strive to model diversity and inclusion as we advance progressivism.
  • Oakland love. We maintain a deep, unwavering love for Oakland in all that we do.



The typical NLC-Oakland fellow is a successful risk-taker and a progressive advocate. Our 2015 Fellows will be joining over 2,000 NLC alumni in the summer of 2015. We will be accepting applications to the 2016 institute in September 2015. Stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter to find out when selections for the next class begin.

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