Leadership Development

The Center for Leadership Development provides trainings and technical assistance to non-profits to develop skilled and talented staff, and strengthen their overall ability to effectively impact the growing and changing needs of the low income communities they serve.

Current Offerings

Courageous Conversations Conference

Join FPWA for its third Courageous Conversations Conference!

This year, we expand the conversation of trauma-informed care from individuals and communities to nonprofit organizations. As nonprofits, we will explore the often-unseen ways that trauma and poverty play out in mission-driven work and, together, identify opportunities to be sustainable and transformative.

You’ll have an opportunity to:

• Define organizational trauma and its broad impact
• Understand the internal cycle of trauma and poverty and how to address it
• Discover additional ways to bring trauma-informed approaches to your work
• Approach ways to begin the conversation of trauma and poverty in your organization

Date: Wednesday, April 10
Registration: 9:00AM
Time: 9:30AM – 12:30PM
Location: NYU Kimmel Center
60 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012


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Keynote Speaker

Alan van Capelle

Alan van Capelle is a nationally recognized leader in the field of civil rights and social justice. As CEO of Educational Alliance, he leads a network of community centers offering social, educational, cultural and recreational services, programs, and events to the diverse population of downtown Manhattan.

Mr. van Capelle began his career as an organizer and contract negotiator in the labor movement, eventually running the day-to-day political operations of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32BJ, the largest and most powerful building service union in the country. He served as Deputy Comptroller for the City of New York, where he advised the agency on all matters involving public policy, media, and community relations.  He has also served as a member of the New York City Banking Commission.

Mr. van Capelle has been named to the National Leadership Council’s “40 under 40” list, and has been quoted by The New York Times, CNN, New York 1, Newsweek and New York Magazine.  Mr. van Capelle has served on the transition committees for Governor Eliot Spitzer and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.  He was also selected as an elector of the 2008 New York Electoral College.

Mr. van Capelle earned his MPA from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University, where he currently serves as an Adjunct Professor and teaches on organizational culture. He holds Bachelor of Science degree from the City University of New York.

If you have any questions, please contact Program Manager Nakia Johnson.

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You may view a list of CLD’s past opportunities by clicking here.