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Apply to be a NLC Sacramento Fellow

Thank you for your interest in becoming a New Leaders Council Sacramento Fellow! In addition to the resources provided on our national website, the following provides essential information on the Fellowship time commitment, the qualities we are looking for in a Fellow, and the recruitment process used in Sacramento. 

How to Apply:

We recommend reading this entire page, especially the Ideal Candidate Profile, before beginning and submitting your application.

All applications for the NLC Fellowship must be submitted on the national NLC website by 12:00 PM PST on October 1, 2018.

  • Nominate a young progressive leader to be an NLC Sacramento Fellow here.

  • Apply to be an NLC Sacramento Fellow here, and select "Sacramento" as the chapterEach applicant may apply to only one chapter.

The application fee is $30. After the application fee is paid, you will receive information on how to complete the written portion. 

Applicants are graded based on the qualities outlined in the Ideal Candidate Profile below. There are two phases to the application process:

  • Resume and essay review: All applicants are encouraged to give thorough consideration to both their essays and resume, as both are carefully reviewed
  • Interviews: The top scoring applicants, based on resume and essay review scores, are then invited to be interviewed by a group of two-three Board members

All essays and resumes are graded blindly, with all identifying information scrubbed. In addition, all Board members must recuse themselves from grading either the essay or resume of, or interviewing, applicants they already know.

After all interviews have been completed, the Board then selects the next NLC Sacramento Fellows class.

If you have any questions or would like to meet with a past Fellow or Board member, please e-mail our Recruitment & Selections Chairs here.


NLC Sacramento '16 Alumna Nikita Koraddi

NLC Sacramento's Mission:

New Leaders Council Sacramento connects, trains, and activates the next generation of progressive leaders in Sacramento.

We cultivate leaders – we find talented and passionate young professionals, reinforce their leadership and management skills and connect them to a strong support network of fellow community and political change makers. We have politicos, non-profit leaders, educators, lawyers, administrators, techies, scientists, entrepreneurs, artists, engineers and more. Regardless of our backgrounds, NLC Fellows and Alumni are committed to improving the quality of life in their own communities.

Time Commitment:

Fellows have to commit to one weekend per month for six months in which each Fellow, along with 15-20 of their peers, participates in trainings on topics from messaging to finance to political management. Fellows are expected to attend all institute sessions, complete a capstone project, and be involved in the NLC activities throughout their Fellowship. 

The dates for the 2019 NLC Sacramento Institute are as follows:

  • January 12 & 13
  • February 9 & 10
  • March 9 & 10
  • April 13 & 14
  • May 18 & 19
  • June 8 & 9


Past NLC Sacramento classes have heard from Sacramento luminaries like L.A. Times bureau chief John Myers.  

Benefits of the NLC Fellowship:

  • Institute: 1 full weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, per month for 6 months from January through June

  • Capstone project: A final presentation on a project to improve yourself or your community

  • Mentorship pairing: Past mentors have included mayoral candidates, community leaders, and managers in public, private and non-profit sectors

  • Chapter Fundraiser: Each NLC class plans and executes a fundraiser in order to help pr

  • Access to national and local professional network and training 

Mentorship is a key part of the NLC Sac Institute. 2018 Fellow Gabriela Chavez and her mentor, Erica Kashiri, Director of Workforce Development for Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg.

Ideal Candidate Profile:

In looking to build a diverse class with a multiplicity of identities, an ideal candidate for the New Leaders Council Sacramento Fellowship exhibits many of the following characteristics:

  • Identifies as progressive: dedicated to equity and social justice

  • Civically engaged: has fought for a community cause, structural or systematic change

  • Inclusionary, open-minded: ability to respect the diverse opinions and perspectives of others

  • Leadership experience or potential: has demonstrated leadership through work and/or volunteer experience

  • Entrepreneurial spirit: having the desire to take risks to pursue opportunity

  • Effective team member: team-oriented, confidence, and humility—being the type of person who supports others

  • Initiative, drive, passion: demonstrated strong work ethic

  • Resilience and adaptability: ability to work through personal or professional setbacks, hardship, or failure

  • Strong desire to be a Fellow: introspective on how NLC can help them grow and what they can give to NLC

  • Mid-career professional: with a minimum of 3 years of work experience

NLC is dedicated to the inclusivity of all ethnicities, religions, gender identities, and lived experiences. We strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.

#NLCFamily isn't just about learning the skills necessary to help one day run for office, or start a non-profit. It's about sharing and growing with a group of Sacramento's up-and-coming progressive leaders. It's about finding community.


1. Does the NLC Fellowship cost money?

There is an application fee of $30. A deposit of $200 is required upon acceptance into the Fellowship, the check to NLC will only be cashed if the Fellow does not graduate (absent from institute, drops out, etc.) or they choose to donate it to NLC.

2. I applied before and didn’t get in, should I apply again?

Absolutely, we strongly encourage re-applicants! Pay special attention to the criteria above and be sure to communicate your values through your essay question responses.



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