The Story of the
Leadership Fellows

The New York Community Trust Leadership Fellows program is a professional development fellowship for nonprofit practitioners. It is a unique initiative of The New York Community Trust, established in association with the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College and its Office of Executive Programs and the Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management. The Leadership Fellows program aims to ensure that tomorrow’s nonprofit organizations have the human capital to flourish and advance their missions on behalf of the people of New York City, Long Island, and Westchester.

With today’s growing economic inequality, an 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.

The New York Community Trust Leadership Fellows are trained and mentored to fill a leadership void left by retiring executives of nonprofits. That gap is especially severe in the New York metropolitan area, which has more than 40,000 nonprofit groups that are vital to the economy.

This 72-hour professional certificate 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

Upon completion of the program, Fellows will receive an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership & Management from the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College.

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


  • “The Leadership Fellows Program provides a special gift; the ability to spend a quarter of the year, with like-minded peers and mentors, to reconceptualize and refresh your approach to the important challenges you face in providing equitable and inclusive services to New Yorkers.”

    Nancy Aries
    Interim Dean
    Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs

  • “The intensive programming that this leadership program offers has been invaluable to the organization. The leadership program supported Exalt to successfully launch our adjunct pilot project.”

    Gisele Castro
    Executive Director
    Exalt Youth

  • “In New York, nonprofits are critical to so many aspects of urban life. Working with Baruch College, we’re starting to train the next generation of nonprofit leaders.”

    Patricia Swann
    Senior Program Officer
    New York Community Trust

  • “Today’s nonprofit leaders must act right now to make sure that their successors have the necessary knowledge to ensure the long-term sustainability of their organizations for the future benefit of all the residents of our metropolitan region.”

    Michael Seltzer
    The New York Community Trust Leadership Fellows