NCF Announces the 2024 Next Generation Leadership Institute Cohort

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December 15, 2023

NCF Announces the 2024 Next Generation Leadership Institute Cohort

Washington, D.C. – Today, the National Conservation Foundation (NCF) announced the names of the five participants selected to participate in the 2024 cohort of the Next Generation Leadership Institute (NGLI). 

NGLI was formally launched in August of 2019 as a year-long program to advance conservation leadership. The 2024 NGLI cohort participants were selected through a competitive national application process. This will be the fourth cohort for the program.  

The 2024 cohort consists of Excell La Fayette, Jr of Oklahoma; Kelli Bowen of North Dakota; Vincent Thompson of Kentucky; Kirk Daniel of Tennessee; and Glenn Takai of Guam.  

NGLI participants will meet for four training sessions throughout the year, with a capstone session at the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) annual meeting in 2025. The NGLI curriculum will equip these leaders with skills and resources for personal, civic, and organizational leadership development.  

This comprehensive training will help participants rise to meet the future needs of natural resources management, preparing them to navigate and manage complex conservation challenges – both current and future – at the national level. 

The cohort will convene for their first session at the 2024 NACD Annual Meeting in San Diego, California from February 10-14, 2024. Learn more at 


About NCF: 

The mission of the National Conservation Foundation (NCF) is to identify and advance strategic programs and partnerships to deliver conservation solutions through locally led conservation and to develop the next generation of conservation leaders. Learn more at 


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