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Emerging Leaders Council

Could you or someone you know be a great nonprofit news leader?

INN is committed to building and empowering this next generation. We formed the Emerging Leaders Council in 2017 to identify, connect, retain and build up the diverse leaders who will continue to innovate, grow and expand nonprofit news over the next 20 years. 

Nominations for 2021 are now closed, and you can learn more about the 2021 cohort in our blog post. Applications for 2022 will open in March.

If you have questions about the program, please email Sara Shahriari at

2021 Emerging Leaders Cohort

Class of 2021, listed from top left to right:

Emerging Leaders Alumni

These leaders represent the excellence and diversity of nonprofit news organizations working to inform communities through factual journalism and build philanthropic support for news. Positions are those held at the time of their participation in the program.

Class of 2020, listed from top left to right:

Class of 2019, listed from top left to right:

Class of 2017, from top left to right:

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