Evan Bonsall, Hometown Fellow '19

Our Pathways

At this time of urgency

... local leadership is more important than ever. But our bench of local leadership — particularly in economically distressed communities  — is rapidly aging, often lacks representation from its diverse populations, and struggles to attract and retain new talent. Lead For America is working to build pathways into public service — and back home — for the next generation of public servants committed to addressing our nation’s most significant challenges.


Through our pathways programs, we recruit, train, and place locally-rooted, dynamic leaders in communities across America to address critical community challenges while strengthening the civic fabric of their towns. We specifically focus on channeling talent back to locations where the narrative of success too often means leaving and never coming back.

These leaders commit to serving their communities for the long term. Through their participation in LFA's program, they are equipped with the technical skills, leadership development, and cohort community they need to support the revitalization of their community. 


Annabell Camacho, Hometown Fellow '19

"I love Lead For America because I am able to leave work every day feeling fulfilled by the positive changes happening at the local level in my community."

— Annabell Camacho, Fellow
We focus on helping Fellows reinvest themselves in their hometown communities, in places where the narrative of success has often meant leaving and never coming back.
John Cooper, Hometown Fellow '19



Hometown Fellows:
Hometown Fellows return to a place they call home to serve for two years in high-impact, high-urgency placements while building up the community ecosystem of their hometown.


State-Based Fellows:
State-Based Fellows join a cohort of leaders to saturate a state’s community institutions in service of a more cohesive, collaborative statewide infrastructure.