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Fellows at Catalyst Institute '19

Our Grouding

Our Vision

A strong community for everyone.

Our Mission

To build a leadership force of moral, dynamic, locally-rooted, and long-term committed leaders serving the communities they call home in every corner of this country.

Our Commitment

We commit to building strong communities through service and bringing people together across lines of difference.

Our Beliefs

Bridge Building | Proximity & Commitment to Place | Integrity & Selfless Service | Long-Term Commitment

Our Progress

215 Paid, Full-time Fellowships Created
in 150 different communities 
93% of LFA Alumni
committed to serving their communities for the long-term
Over $100 Million
raised or secured by Fellows for their communities and efforts they are leading
6 Affiliates Created
in Kansas, Hawai'i, Nebraska, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Poughkeepsie (NY)
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Fellows at Catalyst Institute
Advocated for
Domestic GI Bill & AmeriCorps expansion policy
Create Demonstration Community in 
Dodge City, Kansas 
 
 

Convergent

Leadership

Convergent leadership is Lead For America’s central theory of leadership. Convergent leaders are those who are dedicated to service to others above self. They are those who are historically informed, committed to their communities, and dedicated to solving challenges through innovation and long-term commitment.

 

To be a convergent leader is to continuously strive towards towards making your community the best it can be.

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Meet The Team

National Staff

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Alexis Ching

Community Partnerships Manager

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Sr. Recruitment & Selection Manager

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Franklin Winters

Contracts Manager

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Alumni Manager

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Director of People & Culture

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CEO

LFA Co-founder

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Chief of Staff to LFA CEO

Director - Lead For Kansas

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Sr. Program Manager

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Sr. Program Manager

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Sr. Recruitment Partnerships Manager

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Sr. Program Manager

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Sr. Director of Affiliates

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Vice President of Programs

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Chief Operations Officer

LFA Co-founder

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Vice President of Government Relations

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Affiliate Staff

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LFMN // Community Partnerships Manager

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LFMN // Deputy Director

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LFKS // Director of Operations

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LFMN // Executive Director

LFA Co-founder

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LFNE // Executive Director

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LFNC // Executive Director

LFA Co-founder

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LFHI // Director of Community Engagement & Entrepreneurship

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Dodge City Community Engagement Coordinator

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LFMN // Sr. Program Manager

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LFKS // Community Partnerships Manager

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Molly Byron

LFMN // Communications & Outreach Manager

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LFNE // Deputy Director

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LFPK // Deputy Director

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LFPK // Executive Director

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Board of Directors

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LFA Board Chair

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LFA Board Member

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LFA Board Member

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LFA Board Member

LFA Fellow Alumna

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LFA Board Member

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