New Sector’s fellowship programs bring together cohorts of highly-motivated, skilled early career professionals to pursue their commitment solving the world’s most pressing challenges. Fellows serve full-time building a social impact 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. More information on our fellowship programs can be found here.

New Sector Alliance’s mission is to accelerate social change by strengthening organizations today while developing leaders for tomorrow.

Since 2000, New Sector has played a key role in the social impact sector by:

  • Delivering pro bono and fee-for-service consulting services to social impact client organizations.
  • Recruiting talented young professionals (Fellows), placing them in nonprofit (or other social impact-focused) host sites, and providing these Fellows with best-in-class training and development, mentorship, and career management support.
  • Engaging and supporting a close-knit alumni network through an Alumni Board and alumni programs.
  • Spearheading various thought leadership and cross-sector collaboration-focused events and activities across the country and around the world.
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New Sector does work that’s strategically important and critical to the future of our organization, work we need to get done in order to ensure that our future is successful: heart and lung work, not appendages. ”
- - Gerald Chertavian, CEO and Founder, Year Up

Learn how our fellows are building impact

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

2001: New Sector formally launches semester-long case teams program, offering low-cost consulting services for nonprofits though teams of top business school students and management consultants. 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 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 200th project and launches Residency in Social Enterprise (RISE) Fellowship program with an inaugural cohort of 19 outstanding emerging leaders.

2010: New Sector celebrates 10-year anniversary and 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: Building upon more than a decade of proven results, New Sector invests in program enhancements to enable growth with support from Accenture.

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

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

2015: New Sector celebrates 15-year anniversary and 2000+ member alumni network.

2016: New Sector celebrates 1100+ AmeriCorps members completing our RISE and Summer Fellowship programs.

2017: New Sector launches long-range planning process with support from its 2500+ member strong alumni community.

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 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