Key Initiative

Local Economy Fellows

  • Cohort-based
  • For Community Leaders

The Local Economy Fellows network unites leaders behind a vision to shift power to communities. Since 2011, we’ve selected five cohorts of outstanding community leaders from across the U.S. and Canada to examine strategies for systems change that address wealth inequality and ecological extraction.

Our Fellows are natural connectors who advocate for others and “the whole” of their places. These leaders are known to remove barriers and bottlenecks that impede effective community investment. Instead, they knit together resources and key people in order to build a more inclusive local economy. The work of 99 Fellows and alumni includes entrepreneurial incubator programs, democratic governance funds, sustainable agriculture initiatives, and cooperative ownership models, among much more.

In 2020, we will recruit and select a new cohort of leaders and provide grants (funded anonymously) to support their work in service of equitable, inclusive community development. In addition, we are doubling down on working with our Alumni, pursuing new collaborations, and weaving connections across our network of wealth-holders and wealth-creators.