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New Leaders Council

Mission and History

Mission & Who We Are

New Leaders Council (NLC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that engages a diverse, collaborative national network of progressive political entrepreneurs. NLC is building a growing corps of new progressive leaders who will rise to the top of their fields and work together across sectors to build, expand, and improve the progressive infrastructure necessary for strong democracy, social justice, and equal opportunity.

NLC’s flagship program is the Institute, a rigorous six-month training program that focuses on entrepreneurship, advocacy, organizing, and fundraising. NLC seeks out the top tier of emerging progressive leaders from around the country for the Institute, building a community of vetted, trained progressive leaders with the skills and support system to help to change the way politics is done and foster a more equitable, just America.

NLC has 47 chapters across the country in red and blue states with nearly 6,000 alumni. Our membership is a true reflection of the Millennial generation, with 57% of our NLC community identifying as people of color and 53% women.  NLC is one of the few organizations focused on building a new governing coalition.

Austin Chapter History

A group of young, progressive Austinites got together with several members of the Houston chapter's founding board to discuss their shared goals--a stronger progressive infrastructure for Texas that would engage new generations and a wider audience. Ten leaders stepped up and launched the first institute for the Austin chapter in January, 2016.

Austin is currently one of four NLC chapters in Texas.  Our sister chapters include San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas.  We look forward to welcoming new chapters in El Paso, the Rio Grande Valley, Fort Worth, and maybe even East Texas by 2020.

Texas has a proud progressive history. We're here to write the next chapter. 

2019 NLC Institute Fellowship

Institute dates and details on how to apply for the fellowship are available on our "Apply" page.



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