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New Leaders Council




After the most competitive selections process we've ever had, we are excited to announce our 2017 fellows! 

Isaac Albanese
Oluwadamilola Animashaun
Gisel Bello
Catherine Brennan
Valerie Castanteen
Carolina Correa
Carlene Fonseca
Tori Guen
Alexander Henao
Carlon Howard
Jaretta Konneh
Kaiya Leatherer
Alexander Lucini
Hannah McIntire
Kate Pisano
Meghan Rego
Kayla Rosen 
Ryan Segur
Sol Taubin
Justin Thomas

As we quickly approach the Presidential Inauguration, this new class of fellows is a reminder that we will keep pushing forward and keep fighting for progress. Read more about these incredible individuals on our website, but better yet, come meet them this Friday at our annual Meet the Fellows event! 

Brass Monkey 
800 Allens Avenue
Providence, RI 02905

Friday, January 13, 2017


If you're interested in following our new Fellows and the NLC Family on the journey ahead, make sure to follows us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

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Since we last checked in, a lot has been happening. To name a couple of things, the country elected a new president and the New Leaders Council application deadline has closed. Mark Riddle, President of New Leaders Council's Board of Directors, said it best: "We must not lay down the torch. Leadership is forged in the furnace of adversity, we must lead the way to the country we all deserve."

Here is an update on what we've been working on!

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“Cortado Por La Misma Tijera. Celebrando La Belleza de Nuestra Cultura Latina”

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We hope that you had a great summer! The New Leaders Council Rhode Island Board been hard at work and we have so much to share with you!

Board Member Spotlight

.jpg.jpg Dr. Taino J. Palermo has worked as an education and nonprofit leader for over a decade focusing on community and economic development, urban education and neighborhood revitalization. He founded the Breath of Fresh Air (BoFA) Gallery for Syracuse teenage artists and co-founded the Latino Professional Network of Syracuse, a network of over 2,000 Latino professionals in Upstate New York which has since evolved into the Upstate Minority Economic Alliance (UMEA), Upstate NY’s first minority chamber of commerce.

Dr. Palermo has a history, personally and professionally, of advocating for underrepresented communities and urban youth. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership and was the 2013 recipient of the New York State 40 Under 40 Rising Latino Stars award as well as the 2014 recipient of the National Action Network’s Bea Gonzalez Award for his leadership and advocacy on behalf of the Latino communities in Syracuse, NY.

Dr. Palermo is currently the Program Director for the Community Development and Healthy Communities degree programs in the School of Continuing Studies at Roger Williams University in Providence, Rhode Island. He also an appointed member of the Governor’s Overdose Task Force and the co-chair of the Commission for Health Advocacy and Equity in Rhode Island.


Survey Results

In July 2016, we sent our first annual Alumni survey​​ to all 87 of our Alumni and heard back from 62% of them. Throughout the institute, the board works to encourage and promote leadership skills, networking, and civic engagement. But most of all, the hope is that our alumni will leave the program and continue to invest in Rhode Island. We are happy to say that 91% of the alumni that responded are still here in Rhode Island working in fields like advocacy, government, and policy. Click here to see more of the results! 


Upcoming Events


Join us for recruitment and networking on Thursday, September 29 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Ciro's Tavern (42 Cherry St, Woonsocket, RI 02895-3011, United States). RSVP on Facebook or on our website! 


Don't forget! Applications to become a 2017 Fellow are due on November 14! Nominate someone today or visit our website for more information.


Support Rhode Island New Leaders Council and donate today!


Thank you for your continued support and we hope to see you next Thursday!

The Team

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We would like to thank all of our 2016 Fellows for an amazing year, take a look at our graduation photos!

We'd also like to announce and welcome our newest board members:

Julio Alicea

Karen Alzate
Laura Bozzi
Eve Keobounthanh
Taino Palermo
Kunal Vasudev
Emily Winchell
Naomi Leipold
Miellette McFarlane

Some of our board members attended the Annual NLC National Retreat in Washington, D.C. from July 15-17 and we are proud to announce that Rhode Island won the Diversity Commitment Award! We strive to look outside traditional power structures and be representative of the community and this award embodies that work. 

As recruitment for the 2017 cohort begins, we encourage you to get the word out! Do you have friends in the art community who are interested in using their creativity to have an impact on social justice? Or maybe teachers who want to work on bringing more culturally relevant lessons to urban classrooms. We'd love to meet them!

As many of you know, there is a $30 application fee. Please consider sponsoring a potential fellow and donate today! In keeping with our commitment to accessibly, it is critical to continue offering application fee waivers. It has made all of the difference for some of our past fellows. 

Lastly, mark your calendars for September 8th from 5 p.m. until midnight! Bartenders at What Cheer Tavern in Providence will be donating 100% of their tips to New Leaders Council.

Thank you for your continuous support and being a part of the #NLCFamily!

NLC Graduation Photo

Photo: Fellows' Graduation at Rhode Island State House

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New Leaders Council of Rhode Island @
Blue State Coffee (The College Hill Café)

Providence, RI – We’re excited to announce that New Leaders Council of Rhode Island has been selected to receive a percentage of every sale of coffee at the Blue State Coffee shop on 244 Thayer Street (The College Hill Café)! But we need you to make it happen. 

After you grab a coffee, you’ll receive a token that you can use to vote for NLC-RI! We’re one of four non-profits who you can vote for over the next 6-months. And while you can certainly spread the love between each organization, we’d love for your vote.

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Young progressives celebrate 5th year of trying to infuse Rhode Island with new leaders who will remake the state’s political, business, and community landscape.

Providence, RI – On January 16th, New Leaders Council of Rhode Island will bring in the new year with a celebration of their 5th year at Bravo Brasserie. The chapter is one of 39 across the country that has graduated over 3,000 alumni from a signature political entrepreneurship training program. In Rhode Island, it all started five years ago with Margaux Morisseau and Nick Figueroa, both native Rhode Islanders.

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Do you have this crazy idea that your life has a purpose and making a positive impact on your community (and society) is more important than, say, swimming in a vault of gold coins? (Duck Tales, people!)

If so, the biggest challenge is finding a place to begin, a diving board to leap off of and cannon ball your way into making some change. The great news is that you’re in Rhode Island, where our sheer size guarantees that with a little elbow grease, a lot of heart, and a small network of progressive leaders (hint, hint), you can make a huge impact! The smaller the pool, the larger the impact – got it?

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PROVIDENCE  —  June 6, 2015, in a ceremony held at Providence City Hall, The Rhode Island Chapter of the New Leaders Council (NLC) announced that 20 fellows and future leaders of Rhode Island had graduated from the New Leaders Training Institute. The Rhode Island Chapter began offering the Institute in 2012, and nearly 70 fellows have completed the program since.

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