New Sector’s fellowship programs bring together cohorts of highly-motivated, skilled early career professionals to pursue their commitment to working in the social sector.  Fellows serve full-time building a nonprofit organization’s capacity and participate in training, mentoring, and coaching activities.  We currently offer fellowship programs in the Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Twin Cities areas, and are working toward a goal of expanding to a total of eight sites in the coming years.  More information on our fellowship programs can be found here.


New Sector Alliance’s mission is to strengthen the social sector by enriching its talent pipeline. Our vision is a social sector that engages and cultivates talent to effectively meet community needs.

These core values guide our work:

  • Connectedness: We believe in the value of each individual’s experience, and in the importance of networks and relationships among individuals.
  • Commitment to Growth: We believe in the value of learning and improvement as lifelong, constantly evolving processes.
  • Partnership for Accountability: We believe in results driven by mutual investment and mutual responsibility.
  • Solutions-Focus: We believe in investing in targeted tools that create added value.
  • Orientation to Opportunity: We believe that open, optimistic perspectives provide greater chances to make a positive impact in the world.


The social sector is facing a significant talent problem.

Current estimates are that 80,000 new senior managers will be needed every year to meet our communities’ growing needs. Simultaneously, 45% of young nonprofit professionals seek to leave the social sector for reasons such as: difficulty finding meaningful opportunities, fragmented and unclear pathways, and limited professional development, which deepens the talent deficit issue by reducing the natural leadership pipeline.

To address the talent deficit, New Sector is working toward training 1,000 early career professionals each year, providing the experiences, knowledge, and skills that strengthen their potential to flourish and lead. Since 2006, we have recruited and trained over 650 Fellows who have pursued long-term careers to improve education, workforce development, human services, and much more.


Across all aspects of our programs, we are committed to supporting Fellows’ knowledge, skills, and experiences in ways that enhance their long-term positive social impact.  We believe Fellows’ professional development is strengthened within an environment that inclusively values, celebrates and elevates the voices and perspectives of all members. In order to create this environment, we make the following commitments for interactions with Fellows, Staff, Volunteers, and our broader community:

  • We actively listen to and consider perspectives from stakeholders with varied roles and backgrounds, understanding that the exchange of ideas enhances solutions.
  • We create space for individual reflection and collective conversation, recognizing that we can each maximize our positive impact on the world if we better understand our own and others’ identities, perspectives, and motivations.
  • We integrate varied approaches, entry points and tools for access into our programs, so that every community member can effectively share, listen and learn

New Sector’s History

2000: While working as a management consultant, Carly Janson identifies an opportunity to leverage resources from business and academia for the social good, mobilizing friends and colleagues as volunteers to pilot New Sector (then called Catalyst)’s innovative nonprofit consulting model.

2001: New Sector launches semester-long case teams offering consulting for nonprofits, comprised of students from top local business schools, who are overseen by seasoned consultant advisors. On July 30, 2001, New Sector Alliance incorporates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

2002: New Sector launches MBA Summer Fellows program in partnership with Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Initiative.

2006: New Sector completes its 100th nonprofit consulting project and launches undergraduate Summer Fellows program in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service  (AmeriCorps).

2007: New Sector completes its 200th project and launches Residency in Social Enterprise (RISE) program with an inaugural cohort of 19 outstanding emerging leaders.

2010: New Sector expands to the San Francisco Bay Area. With increased support from the Corporation for National and Community Service, New Sector matches 50 full-time RISE and 40 Summer Fellows with close to 100 organizations in Boston and the San Francisco Bay Area.

2011: Celebrating its 10-year anniversary and track record of proven results, and with the support of Accenture Corporate Citizenship’s Skills to Succeed, New Sector invests in program enhancements to enable growth.

2013: New Sector launches RISE program in Chicago and celebrates 500 alumni completing our AmeriCorps fellowship programs.

2014: New Sector launches RISE program in the Twin Cities.