Clinton School graduate Emily Kearns (‘17) is serving as Co-Chapter Director of New Leaders Council-Arkansas. New Leaders Council is a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to educating a new generation of progressive leaders in Arkansas.
New Leaders Council (NLC) acts as a hub for progressive Millennial thought leadership. Anchored by its six-month training program, NLC equips its leaders to run for office, manage campaigns, and create start-ups and networks of thought leaders.
“I was introduced to New Leaders Council by my friend and mentor, Senator Joyce Elliott, who having known NLC in other large cities and my personal passion for politics, encouraged me to get involved,” Kearns said. “As chapter co-director along with Rhiannon DeLeeuw, based in northwest Arkansas, we are ultimately responsible for all of the actions taking place and for goals met or missed.”
Kearns’ responsibilities include managing and supporting all chairs and vice chairs, managing the NLC’s advisory board, meeting organizational and event deadlines, working with the finance chair on budgeting and fundraising, and interacting with a regional and national community of chapter directors. NLC has 50 chapters across the country with nearly 8,000 alumni.
“Being Co-Director of NLC-Arkansas places me at the ground level of some incredibly exciting work, here in our state,” Kearns said. “In many ways, the future of our country will be decided by the millennial generation. For me, having the opportunity to guide and develop those future leaders is a privilege and incredible honor.”
In addition to her Master of Public Service, Kearns graduated from UA Little Rock with a degree in political science. Her previous experience includes a variety of political consulting work.
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