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New Leaders Council


Who We Are

New Leaders Council (NLC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that engages a diverse, collaborative national network of progressive political entrepreneurs. 

The mission of the New Leaders Council (NLC) is to train and support the next generation of progressive political entrepreneurs – 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 with the skills necessary to lead civic lives – not only for elected office, but also in their communities and workplaces.

NLC accomplishes this mission primarily through the NLC Institute; the nation’s premier political entrepreneurship training program that builds local teams of outstanding young professionals in an ever-growing number of cities across the nation.

The result an ever-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

Anchored by its six-month training program, the NLC Institute, NLC equips our leaders with the skills to run for office, manage campaigns, create start-ups and networks of thought leaders. NLC leaders take their activism back into their communities and workplaces to impact progressive change. 

Unlike most leadership development organizations, NLC isn’t a one-weekend boot camp, but rather six-month intensive learning environment and a lifetime alumni commitment. NLC creates lasting infrastructure in communities, states and nationally to support our fellows and alumni as they become agents of change. NLC provides our community members 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 50 chapters across the country in red and blue states with nearly 7,000 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. 

San Antonio Chapter

As the 7th largest city in the United States, San Antonio, often celebrated for its diversity and small-town feel, mirrors the demographic trends now being seen across the country. Recognizing the need for a leadership program that would focus on progressive issues, a small group of community leaders came together in 2016 to organize a New Leader Council chapter in San Antonio. By creating a comprehensive training program focused on the future, we can empower young professionals to make a difference in their community. With an excited group of board members and the combined experience of our advisory board members, we are ready to build a progressive foundation that will serve to engage generations to come. Now in our 4th year we are creating change in San Antonio in board rooms, in elected offices, at the grassroots neighborhood level, and beyond. We have graduated Fellows across industries of tech, health, policy, education, immigration, and more. 


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