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New Leaders Council

The mission of the New Leaders Council (NLC) Wisconsin is to recruit, train and promote the next generation of progressive political entrepreneurs – those who are leading industries, setting trends, and building institutions that support robust civic and political life.

NLC recruits emerging leaders from outside traditional power structures, engages them on both local and national levels, and equips them to be civic leaders – not only for elective office, but also in our community and their workplaces.

State Representative David Crowley, an NLC alum, discussing his values and priorities at the release of the NLC Compact.

NLC accomplishes its mission primarily through the NLC Institute; the nation’s premiere political entrepreneurship training program. NLC-Wisconson operates an Institute in both Madison and Milwaukee. NLC fellows engage in ten intensive days of training over a five-month period to learn cutting-edge entrepreneurship, leadership, and political management skills from leading experts.

Congressman Mark Pocan presenting at an NLC Institute session.

Upon graduation, fellows are paired with career mentors, join a national alumni network, and fundraise to support the next class of fellows.

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.

Fellows and former Senator Russ Feingold after discussing communications at an NLC Institute session.

NLC Wisconsin in the News:

What Hope is There for Wisconsin Dems?

New Leaders Council nurtures upcoming progressive activists in Madison

Q&A: Mark Greene urges Madison to include all groups in community decisions

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