City Leadership Council
About City Leadership Council
The City Leadership Council (CLC) was created to provide Fellows with an in-city leadership development opportunity and to advance the VFA mission in each VFA city.
Fellows that serve as CLC Leads are provided with the unique opportunity to advance the fellowship experience for other Fellows, develop key leadership skills, and grow their network within their VFA city.
A CLC exists in each of our VFA cities and is made up of four Fellows who collaborate and support their Community Directors in carrying out the VFA mission. CLC Leads help design, implement, lead, and promote in-city initiatives, programs, and community events.
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
The City Lead will serve as the leader for a city’s City Leadership Council. This role will oversee the completion of in-city initiatives, programs, and opportunities and be responsible for communication between the VFA team, the CLC, and the local Fellow community. This individual will need to exhibit strong leadership skills and foster collaboration among Fellows in their city.
The Programs Lead will serve as the leader for all in-city programming. This role will be responsible for the completion of in-city programs. The Programs Lead will work with the City Lead and Community Director to determine the scope and agenda for in-city programs. This individual will need to exhibit strong time-management and communication skills.
Community Lead :
The Community Lead should foster community engagement by sharing resources, events, and opportunities among the local VFA community. They should support VFA’s national programs as well as city-specific events that aim to have a positive impact on the local community. This individual will need to exhibit strong time-management and communication skills and have an interest in community involvement.
The Entrepreneurship Lead fosters entrepreneurship in their community by supporting VFA’s national entrepreneurship programs as well as city-specific events. They are responsible for leading ideation sessions, promoting national VFA Entrepreneurship programming and engaging with community events focused on entrepreneurship. This individual will need to exhibit strong leadership and creative problem-solving skills and have an interest in advancing the local start-up ecosystem.
To learn more about the roles and responsibilities of each CLC Lead, click here.
CLC Expectations & Requirements
Attend monthly CLC meetings
Attend a quarterly CLC All Hands meeting
Attend CLC Orientation during virtual Redux
Serve in a specific role working directly with the VFA team to advance the local Fellow community
Serve in the role for the full term and be a leader in your VFA community
Communicate with VFA team members on a regular basis
Own specific projects that advance the VFA community
Use VFA funds in ways that align with VFA's mission and advance/develop the VFA community with approval from your Community Director
CLC Nominations & Selection
Self-nominations and CLC selection takes place in May and June of each year.
City Leadership Councils for 2020-2021 by City
Austin Stout, City Lead
Emily Miller, Programs Lead
Kristy Reed, Community Lead
Adeel Afshar, Entrepreneurship Lead
Ana Soule, City Lead
Sophanie Occean, Programs Co-Lead
Edan Coben, Programs Co-Lead
Clare Ubersax, Community Lead
Yoni Greenberg, Programs Lead
Emma Balin, Community Lead
Griffin Brody, Entrepreneurship Lead
Brianna Dzuricsko, City Lead
Nicolette Young, Programs Lead
Kanav Chhabra, Community Lead
Jordan Ford, Entrepreneurship Lead
Phil McHugh, City Lead
Meghan Wilson, Programs Co-Lead
Anna Masica, Programs Co-Lead
Ellie Teller, Community Co-Lead
Bryant Istre, Community Co-Lead
Tagan Horton, Entrepreneurship Lead
Nathan Zanzig, City Lead
Anna Tomani, Programs Lead
Bennett Coltman, Community Lead
Emilie Eros, City Lead
Leah Proctor-Ford, Programs Co-Lead
Ayah Rashid, Programs Co-Lead
Nithin Vejendla, Community Co-Lead
Rana Modamed, Community Co-Lead
Ashton Keys, Entrepreneurship Co-Lead
Sarah Smith, Entrepreneurship Co-Lead
Wilson Horn, City Lead
Alex Tran, Programs Lead
Kevin McPherson, Community Lead
Jonah Chates, City Lead
Rachel Dunnam, Programs Lead
Oliver Kruze, Community Lead
Liam Kelly, Entrepreneurship Lead
Majida Halaweh, City Lead
Jamie Shear, Programs Lead
Colin Liu, Community Lead
Travis Smith, Entrepreneurship Lead
Stephen Worley, City Lead
Lacey Janofsky, Programs Lead
Orion Choy, Community Lead
Pratik Patel, Entrepreneurship Co-Lead
Kyle Chalmers, Entrepreneurship Co-Lead
Louis Mennel, City Lead
Miguel Avila, Entrepreneurship Lead
Anna Kirkwood, City Lead
Jarui Desai, Community Lead
Javier Melendez, Programs Lead
Lydia Ashburn, City Lead
Benjamin Kitchens, Programs Lead
Kennedy Brown, Community Lead
Caitlin Jones, Entrepreneurship Lead