New Politics Leadership Academy released a new video touting the experiences and breakthroughs of alumni and why we need servant leaders in our politics. The video featured Founder and Executive Director Emily Cherniack, Congressman Seth Moulton (R-MA-06), Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI-08) and NPLA Alumni Robert Watson, Bria Price, Dan Moy, and State Rep.-elect Nika Elugardo.
How should we develop aspiring politicians so that they are powerfully prepared to transform our current political culture?
As an organization dedicated to recruiting and supporting service program alumni—both military veterans and alumni of civilian service programs like Peace Corps and AmeriCorps—this is a question we grapple with on a daily basis. Our organization takes a comprehensive and holistic approach to developing leaders: In addition to trainings related to technical skills and knowledge, we also focus on how to create an intentional, positive and productive campaign team culture, and challenge future candidates to get crystal clear about their own personal values and mission.
On Tuesday, September 4th, New Politics Leadership Academy Founder and Executive Director Emily Cherniack was named to Politico Magazine's 2018 Politico 50, which honors the "visionaries, thinkers, and doers" driving American politics today. Emily was honored because of the impact that servant leaders are having on our politics and the potential they have to revitalize our democracy and positively shape our nation's future.
Our political system is in tough shape. At a moment when we face urgent public problems that we can only effectively address with collaboration, compromise, and ingenuity, we are polarized and seemingly incapable of working together.
Are you a military veteran or an alumnus of a civilian service program like AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, or a related experience? At this critical moment for our democracy, are you wondering if you might feel called to seek political office as a next step in your personal service journey?
We’ve never had fewer service alumni in Congress in our nation’s history. And our current Congress is among the least productive ever.