City Leadership Council

About City Leadership Council

The City Leadership Council (CLC) was created to provide Fellows with an in-city leadership development opportunity.

We believe that this opportunity better positions Fellows to lead within their startup and/or as a founder. A CLC exists in each of our VFA cities. It is made up of three Fellows who collaborate and support their Community Directors to design/implement in-city initiatives and carry out the VFA mission.


NOTE: All the City Leadership Council roles should be held by Fellows at the 1-year mark. Cities that do not have enough 1st year Fellows, can nominate 2nd year Fellows as well. Fellows from both years will participate in voting for their city.

City Leadership Council Roles

External Partnerships & Communications Lead:

The Fellow lead supporting their city’s fundraising and company partnerships, developing relationships with external supporters, and sourcing opportunities to highlight the VFA brand

  • Examples of potential activities:
    • Assist Community Director in identifying potential donors and coordinating donor cultivation events
    • Coordinate / Encourage Fellows to participate in VFA Instagram takeover during City Retreat or other community event


Fellowship Community Lead:

The Fellow lead supporting all in-city Fellow programming and events, including community engagement, launch, and wellness activities. This person will also manage the activities calendar for their city.

  • Examples of potential activities:
    • Coordinating a quarterly wellness activity or volunteer day for Fellows
    • Rallying Fellows in your city to participate in launch activities such as the Validation and Social Innovation Challenge
    • Host Ideation Sessions for interested Fellows
    • Supporting Community Director in coordinating networking and other community events


VFA Ambassador Lead :

The point of contact supporting all new Fellow programming, taking the lead on Welcome Weekend and the incoming Fellow support during Match season.

  • Examples of potential activities:
    • Coordinating aspects of Fellow-led programming during Welcome Weekend
    • Hosting incoming Fellows during onsite visits in city
    • Assisting Community Director with the in-city job fair (if applicable) or other recruitment efforts during Match season.


Council Lead:

This person will be one of the council members and will be voted upon by the council. Their role is to:

  • Lead annual goal-setting in August in coordination with your Community Director
  • Set up monthly City Leadership Council meetings and lead the agenda on those meetings
  • Be your Community Director’s main point of contact and accountable for the rest of the Council.


CLC Nominations & Selection

Self-nominations and CLC selection takes place in May and June of each year. If you are interested in nominating yourself for your city's CLC reach out to your Community Director or check back here in May.

Are you a new lead? Check out our City Leadership Council Guide for New Leads!