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New Leaders Council Louisiana announces 2017 Fellows

January 10, 2017

The Louisiana Chapter of New Leaders Council has selected 20 young professionals from across the state as its 2017 Fellows. In January 2017, this diverse group of emerging leaders in education, government, law, healthcare, business, journalism, and the non-profit world will begin the New Leaders Council Institute, the country’s premier leadership development program for young progressives. 

“This year we had the enviable but challenging task of selecting only 20 fellows from our most impressive applicant pool to date,” said Jesse Gilmore, NLC Louisiana co-director. “If the 2017 NLC Louisiana Fellows are any indication, Louisiana’s future is bright.”




The 2017 Fellows hail from across Louisiana. New Orleans-area fellows include Mikal Anderson, Elizabeth Bates, Monique Blossom, Elizabeth Bobo, Jonathan Coleman, Jeanie Donovan, Cashauna Hill, Stephen Kearny, Lorena O’Neil, Victoria Phipps, Noelle Saracino, Michael Scott, Andrew Ward, and Mike Woodward. Representing Baton Rouge this year are Erika Green and Raegan Carter, while Monique Robinson of Houma and Justin Jack of Lake Charles round out the contingent from the southern half of the state. Shreveporters LeVette Fuller and Madison Poche represent northwest Louisiana this year.

“I’m really excited to watch these Fellows become the leaders of tomorrow’s Louisiana,” said Alix Tarnowsky, NLC Louisiana co-director.

The NLC Institute is a highly selective, six month political entrepreneurship training program that admits only 15-20 Fellows each year. Meeting monthly from January through June, the first session will be held in Alexandria with other sessions taking place in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The Institute covers topics from communications and fundraising to campaign management and connects Fellows with a growing national network of over 3,000 alumni who are working to bring about positive change on the local, state, and national level.

In 2017, NLC Institutes will be held in 43 chapters across the country and will train approximately 800 new Fellows.

Learn more about our 2017 Fellows online at

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