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BIG Emerging Leaders 1.0: Application Due April 9, 2021

May 14, 2021 - July 23, 2021

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Nonprofit leaders in New Mexico who are committed to social impact and community engagement, who have not yet participated in Emerging Leaders programs.


Cohort members should plan to attend ALL program sessions, with the first session on Friday, May 14  being mandatory. Sessions will take place virtually on Zoom.

  • Friday, May 14, 2-4pm MT
  • Friday, May 28, 2-4pm MT
  • Friday, June 11, 2-4pm MT
  • Friday, June 25, 2-4pm MT
  • Friday, July 9, 2-4pm MT
  • Friday, July 23, 2-4pm MT


Fees for this program include all 4 sessions and are set up on a sliding scale:

  • Tier 1, Organization Budget Under $150,000/year: $115
  • Tier 2, Organization Budget $150-500,000/year: $235
  • Tier 3, Organization Budget Over $500,000/year: $325

Note: applications must be in by Friday, April 9, 2021. Applications are reviewed, and final decisions are made, by the Emerging Leaders facilitation team. Application logistics are handled by the Santa Fe Community Foundation on their website.

Are you a leader in transition? An emergent nonprofit staff member looking for connection, opportunities, and a chance to hone your own leadership?

This Level One course is designed for New Mexico-based nonprofit leaders who haven’t participated in Emerging Leader Programs before.

Offered through the Santa Fe Community Foundation, our experiential immersion program weaves together the learning circle model with elements of personal and professional development. Through facilitated exploration of your own leadership, deep reflection, goal-setting, and peer networking, this immersion program will:

  • Advance your understanding and practice of leading in the nonprofit sector;
  • Strengthen your network of nonprofit colleagues through peer-to-peer learning and support;
  • Deepen your understanding of leadership capacity through gained leadership skills;
  • Align your personal and professional development goals.


The Emerging Social Sector Leaders 1.0 program is co-facilitated by Kourtney Andar, Eileen Everett, and Rae Miller with the oversight of series founder Vicki Pozzebon and co-facilitator Everette Hill.

About the Co-facilitators:

Kourtney Andar

As a writer, activist, and social justice educator, Kourtney has trained hundreds of men and women on violence prevention, pro-feminism, and environmental justice. He is currently the Works Manager at the Santa Fe Art Institute. As a former board member of Veterans For Peace, he led membership recruitment efforts, served on the executive committee and led convention workshops. At the University of Missouri-Columbia, Kourtney co-advised a male ally program and sexual violence prevention student organization, and assisted with implementing a comprehensive bystander intervention program. After having worked as an office administrator for the Center for Social Justice, Kourtney lead the People of Color Caucus with Fertile Ground Institute, worked as the administrative assistant for Culture Reframed – a leading NGO educating on commercial sexual exploitation – and was a featured speaker at the 2014 Earth At Risk: The Justice & Sustainability Conference. Kourtney is a published author and his articles are available on several activist websites.

Rae Miller

Miller believes in work that provides tangible solutions to our most pressing problems and establishes systems for collaborative growth moving forward. Rae creates programming and oversees logistics for Prospera Partners. Rae brings compassion, an eye for detail and systems thinking to her work. She is motivated by a commitment to human-centered systems and community-centered leadership. Her background in urban planning paired with an MBA leaves her uniquely qualified to understand diverse stakeholder needs, mediation strategies, and long-range planning. A decade of professional experience in the nonprofit sector informs her work, as well, where she has worked on many sides of a non profit from supporting business development for an international reaching NGO, to developing marketing and managing fiscal reporting for a health and human services agency, to membership management and event logistics for an impact investment centered philanthropic organization. 

Eileen Everett

Everett is a wildlife biologist turned outdoor educator having had the honor of teaching over 25,000 New Mexican students across the state. She has worked as an environmental educator for Audubon New Mexico and the Santa Fe Watershed Association, has run her own consulting firm, Down to Earth Education, and has served as a Climate Change Educator for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. In early 2016, Eileen stepped into the role of Executive Director of the Environmental Education of New Mexico and later that year became one of New Mexico’s first Certified Environmental Educators. She has strong nonprofit experience, having worked in the social sector for over 15 years in a variety of roles. Currently, she is the Co-Chair of the North American Association’s Affiliate Network Equity and Inclusion Working Group and is on New Mexico’s State Parks Advisory Board. She deeply values an abundance mindset, working collaboratively, education designed for all students, and a more equitable and inclusive world. In her spare time, Eileen can be found tending to her dog pack and goat herd. 

Apply Now - Deadline April 2, 2021

Each session will take place virtually, over Zoom (cohort members should plan to participate in all sessions). This program is by application only.

Questions? Contact Yolanda Cruz, Philanthropy HUB Coordinator at SFCF, at ycruz@santafecf.org or 505-988-9715 x 7003.

The passion that Vicki and Everette shared with the future leaders was inspirational, motivated, influential knowledgeable & appreciated. With the highest RESPECT to Vicki and Everette.

Yolanda Martinez2018 Emerging Social Sector Leaders Participant


May 14, 2021
July 23, 2021
Event Category:


Virtual (via Zoom)
United States