Today’s leaders,

tomorrow’s visionaries.

It is critically important that future nonprofit executive directors and managers in New York have the necessary knowledge and skills to guide their organizations in successfully addressing the challenges and opportunities facing New Yorkers. We believe that these competencies are developed holistically, through a combination of formal instruction, lived experiences, and workplace learning.

Leadership Fellows New York is the premier professional development opportunity for mid-career nonprofit practitioners in the metropolitan New York City region. The fellowship program represents a diverse, inclusive, and talented community of nonprofit leaders who are advancing social justice missions in New York and beyond.

Upon completion of the program, Leadership Fellows receive an executive certificate from the Office of Executive Programs of the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College and have access to a lifelong alumni community of practice.

We are no longer accepting nominations for the Spring 2022 cohort. Nominations for Fall 2022 are open, but Fall dates are yet to be determined.

  • “Gleaning from such a diverse assemblage of distinct leadership was rewarding in and of itself, however, having the opportunity to spend my Fridays with a fantastic group of colleagues made it that much more special.”

    Renee McWilliams
    Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation

  • “Taking part in the fellowship was one of the best things I could have done. From building networks with individuals with a similar passion to developing my managerial abilities, the fellowship gave me the push I needed.”

    Alexander Joseph
    Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health

  • “The New York Community Trust Leadership Fellows was inspiring and changed my perspective on leadership. I look forward to applying the significant skills I gained through the fellowship program.”

    Monica Duque
    Coalition for Hispanic Family Services



Program Overview

The program is designed to strengthen the participants’ knowledge and skills in five core areas:

  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Financial Planning
  • Resource Mobilization
  • Communications

Fellows will participate in virtual class sessions (using Zoom) which are scheduled on Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. They will also attend a minimum of four Leadership Conversations, which are scheduled once every two months on Mondays from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The sessions will be taught by distinguished faculty from the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs and other experienced practitioners.

All of the costs associated with the fellowship are underwritten by the New York Community Trust. The program is effectively free for applicants.

The program features:

  • A curriculum taught through the lens of real-world issues and trends
  • Small group exercises using tools and strategies to address the particular challenges and/or opportunities
    faced by the nonprofit sector
  • Leadership Conversations where fellows connect with nonprofit sector and government leaders
  • The opportunity to have a minimum of four 1-hour meetings with a carefully selected mentor affiliated with the fellowship

We aim to provide a supportive and inclusive environment for BIPOC, and we encourage executive directors to consider nominating talented people of color from their staff.




  • You must be a mid-career professional with a minimum of five years of overall nonprofit experience and at least three years of managerial experience — managing people, projects, and budgets.
  • Your organization must have received a grant from The New York Community Trust, The Westchester Community Foundation, The Long Island Community Foundation, or Robin Hood within the last three years. Unfortunately, donor-advised grants are not eligible.
  • You must be nominated by your executive director or CEO. (EDs and CEOs may nominate themselves.)



Class Schedule

For the Spring 2022 cohort, sessions will be held virtually from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on the following days:

  • Thursday, April 7
  • Friday, April 8
  • Thursday, April 14
  • No class on Friday, April 15 in observance of Good Friday and Passover.
  • Thursday, April 21
  • Friday, April 22
  • Thursday, April 28
  • Friday, April 29
  • Thursday, May 5
  • Friday, May 6
  • Thursday, May 12
  • Friday, May 13
  • Thursday, May 19
  • Friday, May 20
  • Thursday, May 26
  • No class on Friday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.
  • Thursday, June 2
  • Friday, June 3
  • Thursday, June 9
  • Friday, June 10
  • Thursday, June 16
  • Friday, June 17
  • No class on Thursday, June 23 in observance of Juneteeth.
  • No class on Friday, June 24 in observance of Juneteenth.
  • Thursday, June 30
  • Friday, July 1

Nominations for Fall 2022 are open, but Fall dates are yet to be determined. The Fall 2022 cohort will most likely run from September to December.



How Nominations Are Evaluated

Nominations are scored on a 25-point scale. Candidates are awarded a maximum of 5 points for each of the following categories:

  • Evidence of Relevant Management Experience: Has the candidate been responsible for managing a project or program? Has the candidate managed staff, volunteers, board members, or other stakeholders at his/her current organization?
  • Analytical Thinking: Does the candidate describe a challenge or issue that gives context to his/her proposed project?
  • Written Communication Skills: Is the writing clear and convincing?
  • Leadership Experience: Has the candidate held leadership roles involving staff, volunteers, board members, or other stakeholders at his/her organization? Does the candidate have leadership experience prior to his/her current organization?
  • Proposed Change Project: Does the proposed change project make sense for the organizational issue(s) or challenge(s) the candidate has identified?



Join Us

Nominations for the Spring 2022 cohort are now closed.

Nominations for the Fall 2022 cohort are open.

If you would like a PDF preview of the nomination form, you may find one here.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible.

If you have any questions, please contact us at