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 emerging, progressive organizations.


Deborah Barron founded the New Left Accelerator in the wake of the 2016 election. As a founding member of Women Lawyers On Guard, she spent all her post-election free time working to meet the legal needs of a host of innovative, new, progressive advocacy groups. Soon, however, she was relying on her former political consulting and strategic-planning skills to help new founders identify, prioritize, and meet their capacity-building needs. With a little encouragement and seed funding from Open Society Foundation, she decided to leave her job at a law firm in order to create an organization dedicated to providing capacity-building resources to emerging progressive leaders. She has been humbled and awed by the amazing founders, activists, and team that she has had the opportunity to work with since founding the New Left Accelerator.  


These are the things NLA believes in. The things we strive to stand for. Not only do these values guide our own work, but we also look for these same priorities in the organizations we choose to work with.

  • Respect: We honor the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals. We treat everyone we encounter - especially those we disagree with or differ from - with respect. We strive to bring kindness, compassion and humility to our work and relationships, and pledge to create and maintain an inclusive and equitable environment that respects diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences.

  • Integrity: We value the trust placed in us by those who support and fund our work and the leaders who open up their organizations to us. We are committed to being a trustworthy, reliable, and credible capacity-building resource for the progressive community.

  • Learning: We are a learning organization. We value smart risk-taking and commit to being brutally honest with ourselves and others about what’s working and what’s not. When we make a mistake -and if are truly working on the edge of innovation, we will make mistakes- we will take ownership of what went wrong, evaluate, share what we learned, and then use that knowledge to do better. Repeat. Every day.

  • Empowerment: We are committed to helping leaders become visionary, inspirational, transformative stewards of their missions and values. We strive to be brave, bold, and inclusive - both within our own organization and as a force for the progressive movement.


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