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Strengthening NC’s local governments.
Creating future public service leaders.
Transforming our communities.

A fellowship in local government for recent college graduates.

LFNC Fellows

Over 170 college graduates across the country applied for the fellowship in our inaugural year.

  1. NC Universities and Colleges Represented: UNC-CH, UNC-P, Elon, ECU, ASU, Guilford, Meredith, NCSU, Wake Forest, Duke
  1. Of our fellows are female
  1. Hometown Fellows: Fellows serving in a community with a familial connection
  1. Identify as a racial minority
  1. Are first-generation college students

“Anson County’s participation in the fellowship program represents the jurisdiction’s strategic shift toward becoming a proactive, data-oriented, flexible, and collaborative organization. Our fellow, Liam Brailey, exemplifies all of these characteristics. This program has exceeded my expectations.”

– Barron Monroe | Manager, Anson County



“As a municipal manager in NC, we know the struggles with recruiting graduates into local government. LFNC allows cities to search for those graduates who have an interest in highly technical professions and pair them up with those communities who need qualified employees. This program is intended to help bridge that gap and fill community needs.”

– Tony Sears | City Manager, Kinston

Transformative Projects In Government

Our fellows are working on the following projects:

  • Grant Writing
  • ADA Compliance
  • Broadband Access
  • Economic Development
  • Citizen Engagement Initiatives
  • Strategic Communication Plans
  • Policy Briefs on Technical Subjects
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Community Health Initiatives
  • Hurricane Recovery & Resiliency
  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Interjurisdictional Collaboration
  • Immigrant Communities
  • Infrastructure Projects
  • Utilities Projects
  • Event Planning

Our 2019 cohort placed 16 fellows in
high-impact positions in
local government across NC.

2019 PLACEMENT JURISDICTIONS

  1. Anson County
    Tier I
  2. Clinton
    Tier I
  3. Edenton
    Tier I
  4. Elizabeth City
    Tier I
  5. Elkin
    Tier I
  6. Fairmount
    Tier I
  7. Greensboro
    Tier II
  8. Hendersonville
    Tier III

  1. Kinston
    Tier I
  2. North Topsail
    Tier II
  3. Pembroke
    Tier I
  4. Robeson County
    Tier I
  5. Shallotte
    Tier III
  6. Spindale
    Tier I
  7. Washington
    Tier I
  8. Wilson
    Tier I

Fellows Serving Tier I Communities

  1. Of LFNC’s placement sites are located in the most economically distressed communities in NC, as classified by the NC Dept. of Commerce.

Florence Declaration Jurisdiction

  1. Of LFNC’s placement sites are in communities under a Florence disaster declaration through FEMA DR-4393

Most Recent Fellows’ Blog Posts

Serving My Community

by Noor Sandhu
05/05/22

Serving the Town of Apex has provided me invaluable experiences – the impacts of our program can be seen in the field, and I have had the privilege of seeing them firsthand. As a Housing and Community Programs Specialist, I work closely with the rest of the Town’s first affordable …

Continued

Water, Water Everywhere

by Elizabeth Miller
04/07/22

  Over the past few months, I have been administering a grant for urgent housing repairs to low-income households in Hyde County. I took over the project in late August from the previous grant administrator, who left the county before I began my fellowship. When she left, virtually all internal …

Continued

Making Change in Changing Times – A Word to Fellows New and Old

by Stephen Wright
04/05/22

  Recently I took a look back at my time as a Fellow up to now, first realizing that it’s already been 8 months since I started with Ashe County, and second, realizing how much the world has continued to change as this fellowship has progressed. COVID, seemingly, is on …

Continued

Problems Make for a Life Worth Living

by Keegan Huynh
03/30/22

  This past year in Tier 1 County has often felt like an exercise in discomfort. Moving to a new community, adjusting to a new culture, and taking on large projects have been some of the many (but by no means only) sources of anxiety that I have faced during …

Continued

LFNC News & Updates

Supporting Students in Pursuit of Public Service Careers

Posted 2 years ago

Perspective | NC COVID-19 Student Response Corps: Supporting students in pursuit of public service careers Published by EdNC Liam Miranda and Dylan Russell January 18, 2021 This is the fourth article in a series about the NC COVID-19 Student Response … Continued

Strengthening the Talent Pipeline to Public Service

Posted 2 years ago

Perspective | NC COVID-19 Student Response Corps: Strengthening the talent pipeline to public service Published by EdNC Liam Miranda and Dylan Russell January 11, 2021 Mo Green, Executive Director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, highlights the value of public … Continued

NC COVID-19 Student Response Corps: Partnerships at work

Posted 2 years ago

Perspective | NC COVID-19 Student Response Corps: Partnerships at work Liam Miranda and Dylan Russell Lost internships and jobs. Strained organizational capacity. Due to COVID-19, both have been widespread in North Carolina, the nation, and the world.  Enter the North … Continued