Federation Fellows

Have a seat, gain a voice

Launched in August of 2012, Fed Fellows educates participants in nonprofit decision-making, cultivates relationships, and promotes a sense of belonging for up to 20 individuals to be the next leaders of the Jewish community.

Gain a lifetime of leadership skills in a 2-year fellowship

  • Year 1: Partnering agencies welcome you to their boards and subcommittees 
  • Year 2: Committees at the Federation give you a front row seat to communal decision-making

Throughout both years, you’ll be exposed to professionals, executives, and experts in the philanthropic environment, viewing first-hand all aspects of leadership roles in nonprofit organizations. From finance to history to community impact, you’ll get an understanding of how a board works to advance issues, determine solutions, and move a mission forward. Dive head first into Fed Fellows workshops, field trips, and networking.

Who is eligible?

The program is open to participants from all backgrounds who display an interest in the Jewish community and a desire to make an impact. The Fellows’ age range is from 25-45. No past board experience is necessary.

How to apply

Applications are now closed for our 2018-2020 cohort.  



After completing the program, you will gain:

  • a new recognition of your personal leadership style
  • how to build consensus
  • confidence in your public speaking ability
  • insight to nonprofit finances
  • seeing the impact of your personal philanthropy
  • best practices in community building
  • and most importantly, you gain a mentor

Past Fed Fellow Experiences

Graduates of the program serve on the committees/boards of:

  • Hebrew Free Loan
  • Jewish Film Institute
  • Jewish LearningWorks
  • San Francisco Hillel
  • Shalom Bayit
  • The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
  • URJ Camp Newman
  • More

Past speakers include:

  • Associate Director of Jewish Community Relations Council, Hallie Baron
  • Berkeley Hillel Associate Director, Jenni Mangel
  • Diller Teen Fellows Director, Adam Weisberg
  • Executive Director of Shalom Bayit, Naomi Tucker
  • San Francisco Hillel Director, Seth Brysk
  • San Francisco State University Professor, Marc Dollinger
  • Unpacking the Box Leadership Coaching, Tracy Akresh Stone
  • Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund Speakers: CEO Danny Grossman; Board Chair, Richard Fiedotin; CFO Holden Lee; Director of Community Impact, Julie Golde; Chief Philanthropy Officer, Joy Sisisky; Director of Leadership Development, Katherine Tick

Topics discussed:

Your Leadership Styles, Nonprofit Finances 101, History of Californian Jews, Telling Your Story, Money Matters, Community Impact, Your Vision - Your Legacy, Personal Leadership Development

Fed Fellows in their own words:

Exploring Art, l’dor vador
Federation Fellow Gains Hands-On Look Into Jewish Philanthropy
Federation Fellows Program Helps Participants Find Community
Federation Fellows
Giving Jewishly

For more information, please contact:
Dona Standel
Leadership Engagement Associate
415.512.6436