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New Leaders Council




New Leaders Council Capital District New York (NLC CDNY) is one of the chapters of New Leaders Council, 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.

NLC CDNY was founded in 2011 and took off in 2013. Our chapter works toward the mission of NLC to recruit, train, and promote the next generation of progressive leaders. Our chapter also builds on this mission, fostering thought leadership and creating a broad network of progressive leaders, advocates, and community members throughout the Capital District to share ideas, expertise, and opportunities. We accomplish our mission through our intensive training Institute. Information on our Institute is available here

The NLC CDNY chapter won the 2015 Commitment to Diversity award at the 2015 NLC National Retreat in Washington, DC and has a diverse network of alumni making an impact in their community and in their respective fields. Below is a sample of what our chapter's alumni are up to and being recognized for:











2015 Fellow Lesley Adewunmi’s civic engagement app Civic Eagle was featured in the Huffington Post.










2015 Fellow Madeline Kennedy’s story of hope, strength, and change was the cover story for the April 9, 2015 issue of Metroland.









Co-Chair and 2014 Fellow David Rozen was named one of City & State’s 40 Under 40 rising political stars.


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2015 Fellow Richard Smith delivered a powerful TEDx talk on his passion for social justice called “From ‘In-powerment’ to Empowerment.” 


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2015 Fellow Carmen Duncan was named a “Millennial to Watch” by the Times Union for her work as CEO and Founder of Mission Accomplished Transition Services.



For more information on the national organization, please visit

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