Emerging Leaders Program


Washington, DC is a national hub for government, public policy, thought leadership, and civic life. As the center of the most educated region in the country, tapping into the talent around us will unlock our potential to be a national leader in innovative policy solutions. Addressing the challenges we face as a city requires new, creative ways of thinking from diverse perspectives. 

At the Federal City Council (FC2), we harness the strengths and talent that exist in all quadrants of the District of Columbia through the Emerging Leaders Program. This initiative informs up-and-coming city leaders on DC’s challenges and areas of opportunity. The FC2 Emerging Leaders are a cohort of mid-career professionals who represent DC’s top talent. 

Emerging Leaders are provided with a network and tools to advance their professional lives for careers of service and leadership in Washington, DC. A one-year program with ten monthly sessions that include content-focused workshops led by local policy experts and city thought leaders. Topics have included:

  • The History of the District and Federal Ties
  • How to Give Effective Testimony
  • Media Training
  • Social Responsibility and Impact

Featured Speakers

Dr. Sheila Brooks, Gabrielle Webster, Rahsaan Bernard, Maya Martin Cadogan, Pat Brantley, Catharine Bellinger, Abe Clayman and Former Councilmember David Grosso


  • Leader Cultivation: The Emerging Leaders Program will open up new opportunities for civic leadership for its participants and deepen the pool of knowledgeable and talented leaders committed to the improvement of the District of Columbia.
  • Education: Topics discussed will include transportation, education, public finance, workforce, housing, and economic development. Emerging Leaders will have the opportunity to learn from professionals in these fields and consider nuanced perspectives on complex urban issues. 
  • Networking: In addition to networking with city leaders and panelists, Emerging Leaders will have opportunities to network with each other, civic leaders, and members of the Federal City Council. 
  • Engagement: Participants will be exposed to new opportunities for civic engagement and leadership through their participation. 


  • Professionals in government, non-profit or private sector positions  
  • Dedication and strong potential to contribute to the economic, civic, and social advancement of Washington, DC  
  • Interest in education, economic development, public finance, workforce development, transportation, or housing

Emerging Leaders in Action

The 2023-2024 cohort with Dr. Sheila Brooks after a media training session, hosted at Accenture.

Learn More About the FC2 Emerging Leaders Program

We are currently only accepting nominations from FC2 members. To learn more about the program, please email Melissa Crawford at mcrawford@federalcitycouncil.org.

Meet the 2024-2025 Emerging Leaders

Jonathan Akman

American University Kogod Business School

Director of Data Analytics

Allister Chang

State Board of Education

Ward 2 Representative

Michael Cohen

Suitless, Inc

Principal and Founder

Robert “Bobby” Cunningham

Vogel Group


Salah Czapary

Mayor's Office of Nightlife and Culture


Kristen DeSanti


Manager of Career Preparation

Manny Egoegonwa

Cubed Partners

Managing Partner

Dan Goetzel

"National Science Foundation; U.S. Department of Commerce"

Program Director & Entrepreneurial Lead; Senior Advisor, Investments

A. Jillynn Greene

SRB Communications

Chief of Staff

Ashley Greenspan

External Affairs

Crown Castle

LaJoy Johnson-Law

Advocates for Justice and Education

Project Coordinator

Matt Larson


Associate Principal

Graham McLaughlin

Snacklins; Zeal Capital Partners

President; Executive in Residence

Samantha Meyerhoff

Consigli Construction Co., Inc.

Associate Principal

Hayley Morris

Post Brothers

Vice President of Acquisitions

Chad Price

Mill Creek Residential Trust

Associate Director

Jamie Scott


Deputy Director of Business Development and Strategy

Jay Shuman

Nelson Mullins

Of Counsel

Cherrelle Swain

Terra Rossa

Creative Strategist, Filmmaker

Brett Swiatocha


Associate Principal