Next American City’s Urban Leaders Fellowship — Announcing the Runners Up!

I’ve been getting a deluge of e-mails and phone calls all last week from people wanting to know the status of the Urban Leaders Fellowship. Apologies for the delay! Read on to find out the details…

This is your first of three free stories this month. Become a free or sustaining member to read unlimited articles, webinars and ebooks.

Become A Member

According to last tally, we received 128 applications for one spot as a Next American City fellow. We were astounded by the quality of the applications — people from around the country who covered issues as vast as immigration, affordable housing, Rust Belt renewal and New Orleans’ recovery. By far, the most common topic was a broad look at sustainability. We are all concerned about how the planet is going to survive the threats of global warming, high gas prices, and a rising population — many applicants felt that cities hold the answers, a very heartening trend.

Because there was much overlap to the application topics, our selection committee, which included Paul Brophy of Brophy & Reilly and Abby Wilson, a co-founder of Great Lakes Urban Exchange, gravitated to some of the most unusual proposals that combined their uniqueness with strong writing samples and a history of following through on great ideas. I can’t fully express in a blog post the tremendous quality of applications. Next American City will be making use of these applications by reaching out to applicants for individual stories or for their help in next year’s Urbanexus event series (more on that soon).

I’d like to now make mention of the runners up for the Urban Leaders Fellowship:

Lionel Foster — prisoner re-integration in cities, Baltimore in particular.
Jori Lewis — southern Mississippi towns and their shared challenges.
Michael Freedman-Schnapp — “dirty jobs” behind the green economy.

We will be announcing the first Urban Leaders Fellow later this week (for those wondering if it’s you, I’m sorry to say that if you haven’t yet been contacted, you were not chosen).

Like what you’re reading? Get a browser notification whenever we post a new story. You’re signed-up for browser notifications of new stories. No longer want to be notified? Unsubscribe.

Diana Lind is the former executive director and editor in chief of Next City.

Tags: next american city

Next City App Never Miss A StoryDownload our app ×

You've reached your monthly limit of three free stories.

This is not a paywall. Become a free or sustaining member to continue reading.

  • Read unlimited stories each month
  • Our email newsletter
  • Webinars and ebooks in one click
  • Our Solutions of the Year magazine
  • Support solutions journalism and preserve access to all readers who work to liberate cities

Join 1067 other sustainers such as:

  • Jon in Cleveland, OH at $10/Month
  • Anonymous at $60/Year
  • F in El Cerrito, CA at $5/Month

Already a member? Log in here. U.S. donations are tax-deductible minus the value of thank-you gifts. Questions? Learn more about our membership options.

or pay by credit card:

All members are automatically signed-up to our email newsletter. You can unsubscribe with one-click at any time.

  • Donate $20 or $5/Month

    20th Anniversary Solutions of the Year magazine

has donated ! Thank you 🎉