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NLC Chicago Programs



Policy Shop

In 2016, New Leaders Council Chicago fellows Abin Kuriakose, Kady McFadden and Barbara Barrena-Paschall sought to better connect with thought leaders within the local civic landscape. So they launched the "Policy Shop" - a unique speaker series where young professionals hear directly from legislators, activists and policy makers to dig deep within the intersection of policy and politics. Policy Shop has covered various topics such as the pension reform, economic development, good government policy and other progressive topics.

Policy Engine

New Leaders Council Chicago (NLC Chicago) is fortunate with many community members who advance and advocate for progressive policy. To continue our natural role as a thought leader, the "Policy Engine" program by NLC Chicago mobilizes young policymakers to advance progressive solutions to our most urgent challenges. In partnership with a legislator or advocacy organization, NLC Chicago organizes a group of young professionals to advance progressive policy solutions within a specific time period. Participants of Policy Engine get a front row seat of the legislative process, engage directly with political leaders and build progressive legislation.

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