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Next Level - NAPD Members
$ 600.00
38 available
Next Level - Non Members
$ 750.00
38 available


$600.00 – $750.00


Course start/end: June 3rd, 2024 – July 8th, 2024

Class small group meeting times:

  • Wednesdays at 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET
  • Mondays at 11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET

Registration Deadline – May 20
Scholarship Deadline –    May 1  Apply  here

Price: $600 for NAPD Members.  $750 for Non-Members.

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Next Level Leadership takes place over 6 weeks with one asynchronous week and includes 5 90 minute engaging group learning sessions, self-reflection exercises, project-based learning applications, and one-on-one coaching, on a state-of-the art online learning platform. The course is in a virtual classroom setting. No matter where you fall on the leadership spectrum of experience, there is always room for growth. Our course faculty are experts in the area of transformational leadership. This course will help leaders define what kind of leaders they aspire to be and ways in which to achieve their leadership goals, and facilitators will assist participants by offering innovative ways to approach challenges and obstacles. In this leadership course, you will develop your leadership goals and we will help you develop plans to achieve them as well.


By the end of the course, participants will be able to

  • Develop your leadership goals during times of crisis and beyond
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the steps involved in setting goals.
  • Identify the skills necessary to be an effective team leader
  • Discuss the role of a leader in initiating change and helping others to adjust to change
  • Identify common misconceptions about leaders and leadership during a crisis
  • Demonstrate effective techniques and strategies for articulating a vision
  • Discuss the importance of values alignment and misalignment
  • Define your crisis and the challenges you’re facing
  • Demonstrate comprehension of the elements and processes involved in decision-making.
  • Assess barriers to effective decision-making
  • Identify the elements of effective team building
  • Understand the Law of Motivation
  • Benefit from an enhanced self-awareness


Lori James-Townes, NAPD Executive Director
Lori earned her master’s Degree in clinical social work (University of Maryland SSW) and her B.A. in Social Work from Morgan State University. Lori has over 25 years of clinical, training, and organizational development experience, which includes program development, program management, collegiate instruction, as well as, leadership and management training. Lori has served as faculty for several universities and as a member of national and regional leadership, development, communication, and team-building training. Lori is also President of Expand-Now, LLC, through this entity, she can fulfill her lifelong passion of adding value to others through teaching and learning. She is a part-time Clinical Professor in the Family Studies and Community Development Department at Towson University. Prior to joining the Towson University family, she served as Director of Leadership and Program Development at Maryland Office of Public Defender which has more than 800 employees across the state of Maryland. While in this position, she demonstrated her ability to help others grow in the areas of teamwork, leadership, and management. She also led the agency’s social work staff, consultants, and interns. In 2015, The Daily Record Newspaper named her as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women. In addition to working as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she is also an author, and John Maxwell Certified Coach, Facilitator, Teacher, Trainer, and Speaker.

Dr. Pamela Love
“Dr. Pam Love” is the founder of the Finishers Network, an inspirational speaker, and has extensive training and leadership consulting experience. Pam has coached and conducted workshops nationally and internationally, has taught for a number of universities including the University of Southern California, and has trained violence interrupters and returning citizens. Pam is the author of 5 books including See You At the Finish Line: Cultivating the Mindset of a Finisher.
Pam holds degrees in psychology, and social work (MSW and PhD) and has an MBA. She is a member of a number of professional organizations and is a mentor to a number of women. Pam has received numerous awards and recognitions for her service to various individuals and organizations.

Leonard Noisette, Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School
Lenny has over 30 years of experience helping social justice organizations and their leaders achieve ambitious goals. He was the long-serving Executive Director of the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (NDS), a nationally renowned community-based defender office that demonstrated a radically different approach to providing holistic and effective legal services. He more recently headed the Justice team at Open Society Foundations US, where he oversaw grant-making and field engagement activities to reform, and ultimately transform, the country’s criminal legal system. In that work, Lenny and his team sought to confront racially disparate practices and support the leadership of BIPOC leaders and communities most affected by current approaches. Through Noisette Consulting, launched in the spring of 2022, Lenny’s coaching and organizational consulting work is grounded in an understanding of the challenges of running and growing nonprofit organizations, the critical importance of effective management and leadership, and the necessity of nurturing the capacity, passion and conviction needed to do both. Lenny has a love for classroom teaching as well, and currently serves as an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School, where he teaches lawyering skills courses. He has been a trainer in NLADA and NAPD leadership programs and currently serves on the boards of Equal Justice USA, New York-based Youth Represent, and the New York State Indigent Legal Services Board. Lenny lives in Queens, NY with his wife and where they raised two sons. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, watching sports, gardening, and spending time with his granddaughters.

Leane Renee, Chief of the Capital Habeas Unit for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Federal Public Defender
Leane is the Chief of the Capital Habeas Unit for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Federal Public Defender. She supervises attorneys and core staff using an interdisciplinary team approach to incorporate clients, attorneys, paralegals, investigators, and experts in the representation of state and federal death-sentenced prisoners in federal habeas corpus proceedings. Leane began practicing law in 1996 and, prior to entering federal service in 2016, Leane represented clients in a variety of state public defender offices. As a trial attorney in the NYC Legal Aid Society’s Manhattan Criminal Defense Division, she represented nearly 2,500 clients; as a trial attorney in a small rural public defender office in California, she became a founding member of one the state’s very first Mental Health Court programs, in 2002. She later managed the legal services division of a non-profit organization as well as her own private practice which focused on criminal, juvenile, child welfare, family law, and mental health litigation in several rural Northern California counties. Leane also served as Mitigation and Policy Director on the leadership team of a mid-size county public defender office in Pennsylvania, where she conducted extensive public outreach and in-house training to develop a client-centered holistic representation model, provided motivational presentations to diverse stakeholder agencies on justice reform initiatives, and worked on local and national justice committees to launch programs addressing disproportionate minority contact.

Lina Garcia, Deputy Director for the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office in Phoenix, AZ

Lina was born and raised in Maricopa County and is a proud first-generation citizen, college attendee, and university graduate. She graduated from Arizona State University with her B.S. and J.D. and began her career with the Maricopa County Public Defender in 2006. With over 400 employees, MCPD is one of the largest PD offices in the country and is located in the fastest-growing jurisdiction in the country. Over the last 16 years, Lina has worked as an attorney in the high-volume courts and trial divisions, an attorney mentor in the high-volume courts, a supervisor overseeing a trial division, and for the last 4 years as the Deputy Director. She also served previously as the Director for the Public Fiduciary. Lina serves on various boards, including the Arizona Fiduciaries Association, Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, and the Alumni Council for the Arizona State University WP Carey School of Business. She is also a member of the State Bar of Arizona Attorney Mentor Program and the Council for Minorities and Women in the Law. She has collaborated with leaders across various departments and organizations on client-centered initiatives, community collaboration efforts, and increased access to leadership and employee development opportunities.