john-lindsday_public-domain_loc_3c33401u-cropped_forweb_376x451Named for former Mayor John Lindsay, the Lindsay Fellowship in Government Leadership and Practice seeks to engage promising, newly elected council members and state legislators to develop relationships with business and civic leaders while broadening their understanding of the pressures and concerns that impact decision making and progress.

Lindsay Fellows meet with leaders from a variety of sectors including business, civic, academic, media, and technology sectors as well as former government officials to exchange ideas and views of the importance of both private and public sector issues. The Fellows meet with leaders approximately 10 times annually.

Members of the New York City Council and State Legislature representing the City who were elected within the past four years are invited to apply to become a Lindsay Fellow. An advisory board of former government officials screens and interviews applicants, selects the class of fellows, and provide guidance on the program.

The inaugural 2017 class of Lindsay Fellows includes:

The Lindsay Fellowship in Government Leadership and Practice was created on the 50th anniversary of the election of John Lindsay as mayor of New York City. The program honors his many years of public service as a member of the U.S. House of Representative, during which he played a leading role in the enactment of such historic legislation as the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the 1965 Immigration Reform Act, and as mayor of New York City, during which he placed great emphasis on recruiting young talent, especially minorities, and sought ways to encourage their growth, to increase their skills, and to advance their careers. The Lindsay Fellowship honors his public service by supporting young city and state legislators in broadening their understanding of constituencies, pressures, and concerns that impact government deliberations and decision making, as well as providing opportunities to build relationships with civic leaders and former government officials, as well as with leaders from academia, the media, business, and a wide range of not-for-profits.

The Lindsay Fellowship Program is administered by the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance. Opinions of Lindsay Fellows are their own and do not reflect the views of ISLG.

We are currently inviting applications for 2018.


The CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance is a nonpartisan research and policy institute. We work collaboratively with state and local decision makers to advance excellence in state and local government through innovative, sustainable, and effective strategies that improve systems to make them fairer, more effective, and more efficient. We also work to identify and nurture the next generation of leaders to improve the effectiveness of the organizations they run and help them build successful, lasting careers in public service. The Lindsay Fellowship is a key part in achieving these goals.

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