The Emerging Leaders Program is a great opportunity to connect with other early to mid-career professionals who want to make a difference for New York’s environment. Emerging Leaders at NYLCV enjoy events throughout the year, with opportunities to engage with other NYLCV members and discuss the environmental issues in New York that matter most to them.

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In addition to our signature happy hour invitations, members of our Emerging Leaders Program are given access to our breakfast speaker series and cultivation events, in addition to exclusive pricing and invitations to a variety of NYLCV events, such as our signature Spring Gala, our New York City Cocktail Party, and more. Membership is $50 for the year and can be fulfilled with either a contribution to NYLCV or by purchasing a ticket to one of our signature happy hour events. Become a member today!

Emerging leaders Events:

Our Emerging Leaders events are designed to engage younger environmentalists, students, early-career professionals, and develop a stronger bond between the environmental and political communities.

Breakfast Speaker SeriesRecent Emerging Leaders Breakfast Series speakers include:

Kathryn Garcia, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Sanitation
Kate Boicourt, Director of Resilience at the Waterfront Alliance
Alex Matthiessen, Move NY Campaign Founder and Director
Chris Neidl, Director of Business Development at Brooklyn SolarWorks
Noreen Doyle, Executive Vice President of the Hudson River Park Trust
Tony Simone, Director of External Affairs at Friends of Hudson River Park

Cultivation Events: We have a number of small cultivation events every year, to thank our Emerging Leaders for all their environmental efforts, and give them an opportunity to network with one another in an informal setting. Steering Committee members host between 15 and 20 NYLCV Emerging Leaders, for an evening of drinks, appetizers and networking with other early to mid-career environmental professionals.

Happy Hour Events: Our most popular events every year are our two signature happy hour events! Around 100 Emerging Leaders gather in the winter and summer to enjoy beer, wine and hors-d’oeuvres with future leaders of New York’s environmental movement. Guests to this event typically include board members, corporate supporters, politicians, activist and other Emerging Leaders.

Join us for our next Happy Hour: Transportation in the Age of Climate Change, on Tuesday, September 17th.  Purchase tickets here.

Recent keynote speakers at our Emerging Leaders happy hour events include:

Mark Chambers, Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability
City Council Member Rafael Espinal
City Council Member Margaret Chin
City Council Member Antonio Reynoso
Molly Hartman, Mayor de Blasio’s Senior Advisor for Food Policy

Steering Committee:

Our Emerging Leaders Steering Committee is comprised of NYLCV and NYLCV Education Fund board members and supporters, who help guide the priorities of the Emerging Leaders Program. We’re always looking to expand our Steering Committee to represent a diverse group of environmentalists from civic, business, and nonprofit backgrounds. The committee is the perfect opportunity for you or your organization to get involved in cultivating the next wave of environmental leaders who will make New York’s future greener.

As a member of the Steering Committee, your name or the name of your organization will be listed on the invitation and you commit to raising $500 or bringing at least five people to each happy hour event throughout the year. Steering Committee members also get exclusive access to our NYLCV Annual Board Meeting Reception, and more.

For more information about the Emerging Leaders program, contact Clare at