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PRESS RELEASE: Young Progressives Celebrate 5th Year of Training Leaders in RI





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.

“We wanted to create a community of socially conscious people who shared a set of values, that was bigger than party or politics,” Margaux shared as she reflected on the founding of NLC-RI. “NLC was a way to give people the skills to make a difference in non-profits, government, and business who want to change the culture.”   

The group has trained over 80 alumni in the state since it’s inception with standouts like Mayor James Diossa of “the comeback city” Central Falls, Councilwoman Sandra Cano of Pawtucket, and Omar Bar, founder of the Refugee Dream Center in Providence. True to form though, the co-founder of NLC-RI asserts that after five years the organization’s true success is in each of it’s alum “working together to move the state forward in creative and effective ways”.

To support NLC-RI, consider joining the NLC Board and Alumni in welcoming the 2016 Fellows at an upcoming event:


Saturday, January 16, 2015

6:00-9:00 PM

Easy Entertaining

166 Valley St.

Providence, RI 02909

*Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar


Tickets: $30.00 – Friend, $75.00 – Supporter, $125.00 – Partner, and $500.00 – Sponsor. All proceeds directly support delivering the institute free of charge to the next generation of civically engaged leaders in Rhode Island, voices outside traditional power structures.


The 2016 NLC-RI Fellows

Julio Alicea

Karen Alzate

Antoine Boyer

Laura Bozzi

Isabella Cassell

Bryant Estrada

Emily Gonzalez

Eve Keobounthanh

Alex Krogh-Grabbe

Cristin Langworthy

Kabir Lambo

Naomi Leipold

Miellette McFarlane

Eliesel Morales

Tiesha Nieves

Lynne Prodger

Carinel Ramirez

Elena Vasquez

Kunal Vasudev

Emily Winchell


For more information about New Leaders Council Rhode Island, visit:




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