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New Leaders Council

NLC Institute

NLC Institute

The New Leaders Council Institute is the premier leadership and professional development, training, mentoring, networking, and career and political advancement program for young professionals.

An intense, five-month progressive entrepreneurship training program, NLC-LA Institute is highly-selective, admitting only 20 fellows to each program. The typical NLC-LA Fellow is a successful risk-taker and a progressive advocate.

Each of our 25 NLC chapters across the nation holds an NLC Institute each year, often engaging local leaders to conduct sessions to create a uniquely tailored experience where fellows learn from guest speakers at the top of their field.

Applications to become an NLC Fellow and participate in an NLC Institute in Los Angeles and across the nation are accepted each fall, in early September. Each Institute begins the following January.

David Kietzman The NLC experience has helped foster my entrepreneurial drive and reignited my passion for community service and leadership. Through the trainings, mentoring and mixers I found a new progressive family that has helped encourage and challenge me in my career.

~David Kietzman, Los Angeles Fellow (2011)


NLC Curriculum

The Progressive movement depends on the development of its future leaders. NLC works hard to ensure that development. Some of the topics covered in each of the 25 chapters across the nation are below.
  • Messaging & Framing

  • Tech & New Media

  • Political Management

  • Public Relations & Marketing

  • Fundraising

  • Leadership & Values Development

A schedule with Institute dates and topics can be found here.

Our Challenge

To recruit, train, promote and create a network of Progressive leaders in a way parallel to what Conservatives have been doing for the last generation through The Leadership Institute…
  • Since 1979, The Leadership Institute has trained more than 101,062 conservatives to succeed in government, politics, and the media, and launched many careers in politics.
  • As of 2010, the Leadership Institute had an operating budget of $12.5 Million, allowing them to produce a number of young, like-minded individuals that work in the various aspects of the political environment.


  • Including Spring 2016 graduates, New Leaders Council has trained over 3,000 new leaders since 2006.
  • NLC has Institutes in 40 regions, including recently added chapters in Texas, Florida, and New York.
  • Since 2011, we have been setting records for fundraising, receiving over $750,000 in donations, and for recruit nominations, receiving over 8,000. In 2017, we look forward to raising over $1,000,000 to fund trainings led by existing and new chapters.

If you--or someone you know--are a progressive leader, we would love to have you join the NLC-LA family.Screen_Shot_2014-07-11_at_11.31.10_AM.png

We are currently accepting applications and nominations to the 2017 Institute.

Atlanta - Augusta - Boston - Broward - Capital District NY - Chicago - Cincinnati - Cleveland - Connecticut - Des Moines
Detroit - Houston - Jacksonville - Kentucky - Los Angeles - Louisiana - Madison - Maine - Maryland - Miami - Montana - Nashville - New Jersey - New York City
North Carolina - Oakland - Omaha - Orange County - Orlando - Palm Beach - Philadelphia - Pittsburgh - Rhode Island - Sacramento - San Francisco - Silicon Valley