Fellowship Program

Leading for Racial Equity

The Fellowship is an 11-month professional development program for emerging social justice leaders taking the lead on race equity work, and advocating for change on a systemic level. Fellows are assigned to specific policy teams and hone their expertise by working with Greenlining staff on critical issues impacting our communities.

Applications opened on December 20, 2022. Apply today!

The Experience

An Immersive Policy Experience for Systemic Change

The Greenlining Institute’s Leadership Academy has trained over 1,000 multi-racial early career professionals to lead on powerful solutions.

Leadership Academy Fellows have a deep personal connection to our mission and are passionate about working towards an equitable and just future for communities of color. Fellowsare propelled by today’s political climate to engage in racial equity work and join a diverse, multicultural cohort that values and celebrates inclusivity

As a Fellow, you will:
  • Participate in leadership and skills development workshops;
  • Present at conferences, attend meetings with key stakeholders, and conduct site visits to community organizations, government, and corporate entities;
  • Have opportunities to engage with the media;
  • Conduct research, write reports, and publish blogs;
  • Testify at policy hearings and participate in key meetings with top government officials, corporate CEOS, and political leaders; and,
  • Offer mentorship and professional development workshops to the Summer Associates.
Apply For The Fellowship

Becoming a Fellow

Applications will open on December 20, 2022

The Leadership Academy Fellowship application changes every year. We recommend that before beginning an application carefully reviewing the guidelines below and the entire online application in the jobs portal.

Please note that you may only apply to ONE of the Fellowship positions. We encourage applicants to take the time to think about which role best aligns with their interests before beginning the application.

Applications can be submitted online via the jobs portal here. Please do not email, fax, or drop off a paper application. Applications will not be reviewed if submitted in any other format.

Meet This Year’s Fellows

Ashley Gerrity

Transportation Equity Policy Fellow

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Brooklyn Montgomery

Systems Change Policy Fellow

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Marwa Abubakr

Economic Equity Policy Fellow

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Sara Olsen

Climate Equity Policy Fellow

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Applications Open: Tuesday, December 20th at 6 AM PST / 9 AM EST.
  • Fellowship Application Deadline: Friday, February 17th at 11:59 AM PST
  • Program Dates: Monday, Sept. 11, 2023 – Friday, Aug. 9, 2024

Fellowship positions are non-exempt. Each Fellow is paid a salary of $60,000 per calendar year. We offer excellent benefits including generous paid time off and 100% coverage for health, vision, and dental insurance.

The Fellowship and the Summer Associate programs will follow a hybrid model that is primarily in-person with some remote work flexibility (at least one day). Participants will need to reside within traveling distance to The Greenlining Institute’s office in downtown Oakland for the duration of the program.

Applicants may only apply to either the fellowship or the summer associate program – not both.

The short answer: It can vary a lot! We make sure that our Fellows have as many opportunities to learn and grow as possible during the Fellowship year. During the first part of their year with us, Fellows might spend a good chunk of their time meeting with a policy team’s key partners, learning about the history of a program team’s work and going through workshops with the Academy team and other Greenlining staff focused on understanding leadership styles or building specific skills. At other times in the year, Fellows might find themselves preparing to give public comment at an upcoming committee hearing in Sacramento, facilitating a convening, writing a blog post, or any number of other advocacy activities. Fellows are generally expected to work from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday and we encourage participants to avoid working on weekends.

We understand that preparing and submitting an application for our programs requires a significant amount of effort and vulnerability. To honor this effort, all candidates will receive notification about the status of application during the process. Sometimes there are delays which impact our notification timeline, so you are welcome to send a follow-up email six weeks after the application closing date if you haven’t heard from us.

Each year, the Leadership Academy selects between 4 and 6 individuals to participate in the Fellowship program. The size of each cohort is contingent upon our programmatic goals and resources available.

Unfortunately, we do not offer visa sponsorship for international applicants.

Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to offer Leadership Academy participants housing or relocation stipends. If selected to join the Fellowship, our team will provide a list of housing resources and help participants get situated in the Bay Area by connecting them to our networks.

The Fellowship application process opens Tuesday, December 20th and closes on Friday, February 17th. Top candidates are selected to participate in the interview process, which generally occurs 2-5 weeks after the application closing date. We select and notify those chosen for Fellowships in April or earlier.

To ensure an equitable process, we review every application we receive and therefore do not accept late applications. 

This year, the Fellowship program will run from Tuesday, September 11th, 2023 to Friday, August 9th, 2024.

Leadership Academy Fellows have a deep personal connection to our mission and are passionate about working towards an equitable and just future for communities of color. They are propelled by today’s political climate to engage in racial equity work and join a diverse, multicultural cohort that values and celebrates inclusivity.

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • If earned BA, at least 1 year of related experience required (cumulative OK)
  • If no BA degree, at least 2 years of related experience required (cumulative OK)
  • Committed to championing causes that serve low-income individuals and communities of color
  • Proven ability to work in a manner that respects differences in race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance
  • Willingness to learn and try on new techniques; approaches unfamiliar experiences with curiosity and openness to the process; approaches challenges that push beyond their professional comfort zone with determination, heart and deep commitment to their personal growth
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills to complete writing and public speaking assignments with high quality
  • Team player who inspires collaboration, lifts up the work of others, and maintains balance and perspective with patience and a sense of humor 
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively while demonstrating flexibility with others to set goals, resolve problems, pivot assignments and make decisions that move forward the work
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, strong organizational skills, and an ability to work independently
  • Strong writing and computer literacy of PC-based Google Drive and MS Office Programs