Lead for America

Bridging the divide between local government and aspiring public servants.

We’re proud to partner with Lead for America, a nonpartisan two-year paid fellowship program for recent grads dedicated to building community through strengthening and transforming local government institutions. Fellows serve in cities and towns across the country, but we place a particular emphasis on selecting and supporting Fellows who see the Fellowship as a means of continuing service to a community, particularly if that community currently struggles to attract and retain talent.

About Lead for America

Lead for America (LFA) bridges the divide between local governments and aspiring young leaders by recruiting, training and placing talented and diverse college graduates in local government positions nationwide for a paid two-year fellowship. LFA looks to the local level because that is where communities are built, and looks to government because it can create the tools we need to care for one another more strongly.

Over the course of the two years, LFA Fellows will gain a new perspective and appreciation for local government, understand the most pressing issues facing our communities, be equipped with tools to enact communal and systemic change, establish relationships with partner universities and organizations, and gain opportunities to engage with a growing alumni network of passionate leaders, who together will continue to serve as transformational public service leaders in communities across the nation.

Lead for America’s inaugural year will place 40 Fellows in communities across North Carolina and 10 Hometown Fellows across the country.


Interested college seniors can receive more information about the Lead for America fellowship by filling out the Fellow Registration Form. The Early Application deadline is November 1, and the Regular Application deadline is January 1.