Next Generation Leadership Campaign
Dear Conservation Leaders, Today, I’m excited to announce the opening of the application period for the inaugural cohort of the National Conservation Foundation (NCF)’s Next Generation Leadership Institute (NGLI). The NGLI, unveiled earlier this year at the National Association of Conservation Districts’ (NACD) 73rd Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, aims to train seven individuals over the course of 2020, with one participant selected from each of the NACD regions. The goal of the NGLI is to equip conservation district leaders with the tools to become national leaders through personal, civic and organizational leadership development. The NGLI will consist of comprehensive in-person training sessions to help participants rise to meet the future needs of natural resources management, increasing their capacity to navigate and manage complex conservation challenges – both current and future – at the national level. Upon completion of the program, participants will fulfill their potential to be the trusted voice of locally-led conservation efforts from the local to the national level. Currently-appointed conservation district officials are eligible to apply, as well as district officials with current or potential for a statewide leadership position. All applicants must be committed to future conservation district service and must submit letters of support from their local conservation district and their state or territory association. Applications must be received by Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. Highlights of the yearlong program will include exploring personal leadership styles and conservation ethics; communicating through conflict arising from conservation challenges and/or diverse political climates; the value of civic and organizational leadership; practical tools such as needs assessments and strategic planning for both public districts and nonprofit associations; practicing leading districts through change and accessing new opportunities; and networking with conservation leaders from across the nation. The inaugural group will meet for five sessions, with each session being three days in length. The events will be held at different locations throughout 2020 and will conclude with a capstone event in 2021. Tuition is $1,200 for participants in the program and is valued at more than $10,000 per participant. Travel, room, board and materials are included in the program. For more information, please visit Please reach out if you have any questions. Sincerely, Jeremy Peters
Executive Director
National Conservation Foundation