The NYU SSLD Fellowship was borne out of a partnership among the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and Stern School of Business to develop a pipeline of social sector leaders of color.

In 2013, these parties conducted joint research that revealed an alarming underrepresentation of people of color in leadership positions throughout the social sector. Key findings highlighted that: 

  • By 2020, the majority of youth in the country will be people of color
  • By 2030, the majority of the workforce under the age 25 will be people of color
  • By 2042, “minorities” as a whole will represent a majority of the U.S. population
  • Currently, nonwhites hold only 16-25% of leadership position in nonprofits and 10% of leadership positions among funders

In other words, there is an urgent need to develop leaders whose identities reflect the changing demographics of the U.S. population. This need is especially acute within social sector organizations, which often operate in communities of color. The SSLD Fellowship was designed to develop the leaders that communities of color and social sector organizations require to make sustainable progress for future generations.