New Left Accelerator empowers progressive leaders to transform their ideas into impact. We accomplish this by running an accelerator program and serving as a resource clearinghouse for promising, new, progressive organizations.

Our Work

Accelerator Program

A program to help emerging organizations succeed.


Technical Assistance

Support and expertise for new founders.



Learn more about our vision, history, and team.



We’re fully operational and launched our first cohort.


COHORT: The New American Majority

As 2018 demonstrated, the future of progressive power lies with the rising New American Majority - a coalition comprised of women, youth, and people of color. NLA’s 2019-2020 cohort will help eight to ten emerging, innovative leaders who are running organizations that demonstrated impact in building power in their communities.

Chart source: Based on American Majority Project Research Institute analyses of the Citizen Voting Age Population Special Tabulation from the 2009-2013 5-year American Community Survey by the U.S. Census Redistricting Data Office and the National Election Pool Exit Poll, 2012.

REPORT: Building Progressive Power

Learn how NLA’s efforts to provide the capacity-building support that innovative, early-stage organizations need to succeed and scale are paying big dividends for the entire movement. Download our 2016-2018 report (PDF).

WHITEPAPER: Learnings From the Field

A LOT has happened since November 2016. The progressive movement is changing rapidly and innovation is everywhere! But are our existing formulas, programs, and institutions keeping up with the times or do we need to make some thoughtful changes?

We’ve compiled all our newest findings about what early-stage, progressive organizations need to build a diverse, unstoppable movement. View or download the whitepaper now (PDF).

These learnings are the result of research, extensive interviews, and New Left Accelerator’s capacity-building work in the field, including evaluations from our first accelerator cohort of six early-stage organizations between 2016-2018, conversations with 45 progressive organizations and new leaders to which we provided technical assistance, feedback from 70+ capacity-support providers, consultants, and new leaders, peer-learning conversations with ten different accelerator programs and fellowships, a literature review, and more.



We run an accelerator program to help emerging, progressive organizations become sustainable, effective advocates for change.

NLA works closely with emerging, progressive leaders to help them identify strengths, challenges, and needs, then match them with appropriate trainings, resources, and experts.

We focus on core capacity functions such as strategic planning, diversity and inclusion, organizational development, communications, and fundraising, among other areas.

In short, we provide all the capacity-building resources new organizations need to become sustainable, effective advocates for change.


We provide strategic support to guide new founders through the early stages of organizational development.

NLA provides hands-on technical assistance including organizational assessment, referrals to pre-vetted experts, connections to others in the field, and access to training and other resources.

We provide these services in one-on-one appointments each week.

NLA has provided technical assistance and support to more than forty organizations that are filling crucial gaps and playing a leading role in the progressive movement.


Whether you’re part of an emerging organization looking for strategic support, a consultant interested in offering your expertise, or someone looking to support NLA’s work, we’d love to hear from you!

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