Learn about the
Leadership Fellows


Today’s practitioners.
Tomorrow’s leaders.

With growing economic inequality, inadequate supply of affordable housing, broad gaps in educational achievement, and insufficient living wages, the work of our City’s robust nonprofit sector has never been more important.

It is critically important that tomorrow’s nonprofit executive directors and managers have the necessary knowledge and skills to guide their organizations in successfully addressing the challenges and opportunities facing New Yorkers.

The New York Community Trust Leadership Fellows was created in 2015 to address these issues, in partnership with the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College. Upon completion of the program, Fellows will receive a certificate from the Office of Executive Programs of the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs.

  • “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 12-14 Friday class sessions and up to 4 Monday evening Leadership Conversations. 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.
  • 4 Leadership Conversations where fellows connect with nonprofit sector and government leaders.



Nominations are open to mid-career professionals of an organization that has received a grant within the last three years from The New York Community Trust, the Westchester Community Foundation, or the Long Island Community Foundation.

The chief executive officer or executive director of the grantee organization must nominate an exceptional individual who has demonstrated managerial and/or leadership talent and has had at least a minimum of three years of managerial experience for acceptance into the program.

Class Schedule

Fall 2020 Cohort

  • September 18th
  • September 25th
  • October 2nd
  • October 9th
  • October 16th
  • October 23rd
  • October 30th
  • November 13th
  • November 20th
  • December 4th
  • December 18th
  • January 8th

No sessions on:

  • November 6th – Election Week
  • November 27th – Thanksgiving
  • December 11th – Hanukkah
  • December 25th – Christmas Day
  • January 1st – New Year’s Day

How Are Nominations 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 (as evidenced by project description): 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

We currently expect that nominations for Spring 2021 will open in late February or early March. Check our website for updates!

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].




Our fellows come from over 200 amazing organizations, like the following: