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The first 14 FNL fellows work to advance social, racial, and economic equity in communities across the United States.
THE FUND FOR NEW LEADERSHIP SUPPORTS AMERICA’S EMERGING SOCIAL CHANGEMAKERS.
Fellows lead early-stage organizations doing innovative, not-for-profit work to solve difficult social problems.
Our fellows work to advance social, racial, and economic equity. They hail from across the United States, and are all rooted in the communities they serve.
We partner with emerging leaders to help them take risks and carry out solutions that better the communities around them.
We asked ourselves: What would happen if up-and-coming agents of social change had more resources and support early on?
We carried out a rigorous search and selection process to find changemakers whose work would benefit from a unique combination of supports.
Fellows in Action
FNL Fellow Bob Carswell is CEO of Material Return, a one-stop shop for creating a sustainable, socially responsible economy, focusing on custom circularity for textile brands.
FNL Fellow Brittany Young is founder and CEO of B-360, which uses dirt bike culture to bring communities together, transform policing and build career pathways for young people.
Change the Tune, an organization led by FNL Fellow Charli Kemp, works to dismantle inequity in education through transformational learning experiences.
FNL Fellow Kevin Beckford (left), co-founder of The Hustlers Guild, uses hip-hop culture to prepare Black and Latinx young people for careers in entertainment, technology, and other fields.
At ICAN! (Illinois Contraceptive Access Now), FNL Fellow Kai Tao (left) works to provide equitable access to contraceptive services and reproductive health care.
FNL Fellow Bree Jones is the founder of Parity, which acquires and rehabilitates abandoned properties to create affordable homeownership opportunities for Baltimore residents.
CLEAN Carwash, led by FNL Fellow Flor Rodriguez, fights for better pay and working conditions for car wash workers.
FNL Fellow Felipe Witchger is the co-founder of Francesco Collaborative, which promotes a new and more sustainable vision for impact investing, inspired by Catholic social teaching.
FNL Fellow Briane Cornish is co-founder of finEQUITY, which works to improve the financial futures of community members who have experienced long-term incarceration.
FNL Fellow Janet Martinez is the co-founder of Comunidades Indígenas en Liderazgo (CIELO), which organizes to assure racial justice for Indigenous migrant communities.
FNL Fellow Martine Caverl is co-founder of Ujimaa Medics, which trains residents of urban neighborhoods, especially those affected by gun violence, to be first responders.
Healing to Action in the Chicago Sun-Times
FNL Fellows Karla Altmayer and Sheerine Alemzadeh were featured for their work empowering survivors of gender-based violence.