The USGLC is proud to launch the Next Gen Global Leaders Network.

At a critical time in American politics, when some of our fellow citizens are uncertain about America’s role in the world, we are seeing a rising generation of young adults raising their voices – energized by a range of international issues from climate to global health to hunger to racial injustice.

Despite – and perhaps as a direct result of – this generation’s formative years shaped by never-ending wars and global anxiety, millennials want to participate in impacting their future, and that includes America’s role in the world.

The USGLC seeks to capture this energy by engaging, educating, and inspiring the next generation of leaders around America’s global development and diplomacy, critical tools in the foreign policy toolkit.

Are you ready to join our Next Gen Global Leaders Network?


The USGLC will build upon its existing networks across the country to recruit a diverse, bipartisan group of up-and-comers for an exciting year-long leadership training, cultivation and engagement program. Each year, the USGLC’s network of next generation leaders will multiply with a new class, deepening the bench of prominent young voices across the country who support strategic investments in America’s development and diplomacy programs.

Participants will interact directly with policymakers and opinion leaders, launching their advocacy education with a seat on a USGLC State Advisory Committee at the culmination of the program.

Next Gen Global Leaders Network Snapshot

A year-long training program, with virtual classes taught by internal and external subject experts. Topics will include federal budgeting, development policy, media and communications skills, and advocacy training.

Writing assignments that provide hands-on experience, such as drafting Op-Eds, LTEs, and blog posts.

Opportunities to hold speaking roles during the USGLC’s events, participate in advocacy meetings on Capitol Hill and locally, write Op-Eds for local papers, and leverage their social media platforms.

Complimentary attendance to the USGLC’s Annual State Leaders Summit.

Named to their State Advisory Committee upon completion of the full program.


The USGLC’s 2021 State Leaders Summit will take place June 15-16 in Washington, D.C.

Next Gen Global Leaders will join state leaders from the USGLC’s bipartisan coalition—veterans, faith, and business leaders from across the country—to educate policymakers on the importance of development and diplomacy as key tools of America’s global leadership toolkit, and have opportunities to share their unique insights as millennial leaders with members of Congress during the two-day Summit. Next Gen Global Leaders will participate in tailored programming throughout the Summit, including an in-person class and recognition ceremony.

Click here to learn more about Summit and see past highlights.


The USGLC seeks a cadre of diverse, inspiring, and well-connected young professionals for the inaugural Next Gen Global Leaders Network class who meet the following criteria:

  • Must be between the ages of 25 and 35 as of January 2021
  • Must reside in a state where the USGLC has an active presence. Eligible states include Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin
  • Must complete the application, including nomination letters from two sources. One nomination letter must come from a USGLC State Advisory Committee Member.
  • Must be available to attend the USGLC’s Annual State Leaders Summit, which is held in Washington, D.C. on June 15-16, 2021. Summit costs and associated travel expenses to be paid for by the USGLC.
  • Must demonstrate leadership capability and growth potential. (Ex. Holds a leadership role in a community, political or charitable organization.)
  • Additional considerations:
    • Diversity (race, gender, LGBTQ, political, geographic)
    • Entrepreneurial experience
    • Military service
    • Social media presence (ideal candidates will maintain a social media presence on a primary social media platform such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn)

Begin your Next Gen Global Leaders Network application now!


For further information about the USGLC’s Next Gen Global Leaders Network, please contact the team at [email protected].