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New Leaders Council

About NLC

New Leaders Council (NLC) is a 501(c)(3) that works to recruit, train and promote the progressive political entrepreneurs of tomorrow — trendsetters, elected officials and civically-engaged leaders in business and industry who will shape the future landscape.

A primary role of NLC is to recruit Fellows from outside traditional power structures and equips them with the skills necessary to be civic leaders in their communities and workplaces. Our mission is realized primarily through the NLC Institute; the nation’s premiere political entrepreneurship training program.

NLC graduates are an ever-expanding network of diverse, highly-skilled, new progressive leaders who are rising to the top of their respective fields. NLC graduates and leaders are working together across sectors to improve the progressive infrastructure and ensure strong democracy, social justice, and equal opportunity both in Maine and nationally.

At the close of 2016, NLC will have trained nearly 4,000 alumni in 44 chapters of the organization across the United States. With an aim of 10,000 alumni by 2020 in every region and market in the U.S., NLC continues its commitment to training America's future. Diversity within the New Leaders Council community of Fellows, Alumni and supporters is key to our success and sets New Leaders Council apart from other leadership training organizations.

The New Leaders Council Maine Chapter (NLC Maine) was formed in 2014 to provide Maine’s young progressive leaders an opportunity to train and network in order to grow and build out the progressive infrastructure within the state of Maine. NLC Maine recruited an inaugural class of 20 fellows and conducted its first institute in January 2015 in Portland, Maine. 

The chapter followed a successful inaugural year with the addition of new board leaders, expansion of engagement opportunities, and representation at the national convention.  NLC Maine recently concluded its second institute year, and is continuing to build a foundation of leadership and visibility by networking with local business and leadership partners, continued engagement with alumni, building well-articulated structures and processes, and expansion of the footprint of NLC across the state.  


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