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Peter Wang, Director of Growth and Marketing, CrossCircles


Peter Wang is the mixture of fun and professionalism. He strives to create a life where he finds his creates a living off of his passions. Peter graduated UC Davis in 2009 with a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology: emphasis on Organizational Studies and Chinese and a minor in Communications. Peter is currently the marketing director for Trustly, a mobile job searching app designed to be Über for recruiters. He also is starting a Represent.Us chapter in San Jose, bi-partisan political organization aimed at stopping corruption by taking monkey out of politics in the US. Outside of his work and community endeavors, Peter dabbles in standup comedy, salsa dancing, blues fusion, as well as learning how to cook food from his home region of Nanjing China.

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New Leaders Council is a great opportunity for progressive people with ideas to improve our community. Learn new skills while building lifelong network of likeminded people. - Jessica Wenzel, NLC Silicon Valley '15

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The NLC Institute is the premier leadership and professional development program for emerging leaders.

NLC Fellows receive the training, mentoring, networking, and career and political advancement assistance they need through a series of high impact weekends each month. From strategic communications, to fundraising, and entrepreneurship to coalition management, NLC fellows master all the skills needed to lead the next generation.

But by being part of the New Leaders Council Institute, you’re a part of much more than that. You’re part of the NLC Family, a community of folks dedicated to a sustainable progressive movement.


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IMG_3103.jpgOn Friday May 29, Silicon Valley's progressive community gathered at the Mexican Heritage Plaza to support this year's cohort of New Leaders Council Silicon Valley (NLCSV) Fellows. The annual fundraiser theme “Valley Brews” celebrated the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit of local craft breweries with craft beer tasting and a panel on entrepreneurship. 

The first of many esteemed speakers, Darcie Green - South Bay Community & Government Relations Manager for Kaiser Permanente, highlighted the efforts of NLC Silicon Valley in empowering the next generation of progressive innovators since NLC SV’s first cohort in 2011.



San José Councilmember Ash Kalra, who has been with NLC Silicon Valley since its inception five years ago, and still serves as NLC Silicon Valley’s Advisory Board Honorary Chair, also emphasized the value that NLC SV brings to Silicon Valley by “connecting committed and progressive people to solve really  difficult problems in a very creative way."


San José Mayor Sam Liccardo recognized that San José and the larger community benefits from strategic partnerships like NLC Silicon Valley, and how we all have the ability to “make San José a great urban center of the Silicon Valley that can be the model for the rest of the country for how a progressive agenda can be implemented."


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2015-wcc.pngEach year, New Leaders Council hosts regional conversations open to all members of the NLC family — board members, alumni, and fellows – as well as members of the greater NLC community. Our conversations bring over 150 of the region’s most talented, well-trained, rising progressive stars together with local and state elected leaders, as well as those in the private and nonprofit sectors.

The 2015 West Coast Conversation will take placeMarch 13-14 at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. This conversation will include discussions on how the entertainment industry can be a vehicle for progressive change. We’ll also discuss current and upcoming progressive initiatives and highlight recent successes at the local, state, and national level.

Register today to join us!

Panel Topics

Entertainment and Progressive Action

This panel will discuss how the entertainment industry, specifically film, can act as a vehicle for igniting social change.

Environment and Energy Policy

Hear how California is leading the way in progressive environmental policy, taking on challenges in water, transportation, housing and more.

Community Engagement

We will hear from advocates in the non-profit sector, philanthropists, and local and state government officials on how they connect with and influence their respective communities.

Progressive Technology

This will be a showcase of presentations from local tech start-ups developing interesting technologies that seek to impact positive social change.

Learn more on the NLC website.

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