Lead For America began in 2017 as a dorm room startup and has grown to become one of the nation’s fastest-growing nonprofits and a model national service program.
300+ Paid, Full-time Fellowships Created
in 150 different communities across 42 states
Over 90% of LFA Alumni
committed to serving their communities and states over the long-term
Over $145 Million
raised or secured by Fellows for their communities and efforts they are leading
Our impact over the last five years
In the News
Small-Town Natives are Moving Home
“It matters that we know things specific to the place we live,” Ms. Kraus has written, “that we know our neighbors, that we find inspiration in the way an enormous country sunset touches the entire horizon, that we practice humility in knowing the history of the people who shepherded this land before us.”
What People Say
"Cities and communities are now the vanguard of problem solving. Lead For America marries the desire of recent graduates to make change in our communities and the need of local governments for new ideas and capacity."
Inaugural Centennial Scholar at The Brookings Institution,
Author of The New Localism