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
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Some important milestones in New Sector history include:

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.

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