Silicon Valley Encore Fellows Program

The Silicon Valley Encore Fellows program was launched by in 2009. Since then, Encore Fellows in this flagship program have delivered close to 100,000 hours of high impact work to local nonprofits.

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Encore Fellowships match highly skilled, experienced professionals at the end of their midlife careers with social purpose organizations where they help nonprofits build their capacity.

Fellows bring a wealth of skills and life experience to their nonprofit hosts that can have a lasting impact. Frequently, a Fellow’s contribution goes far beyond their specific work assignment. Many become role models for other staff members and evolve into executive coaches and mentors in their organizations. The Fellows’ backgrounds and years of experience bring analytical thinking, management and operational expertise and maturity that strengthen the nonprofits in which they work.

During the Fellowship period (typically six to twelve months, half to full-time), Fellows commit to 1,000 hours of work at a nonprofit and earn a stipend of $25,000. In return, they are embedded as part of the nonprofit staff. The process of selection and matching is competitive focused on finding the best possible mutual match for both the nonprofit work host and the fellow candidate.

The cost for a nonprofit to participate in the 2014 Silicon Valley Encore Fellows Program as a Work Host is $30,000 ($25,000 for the Fellow stipend plus a $5,000 program participation fee).

The Silicon Valley Encore Fellows Program is sponsored by HP, Intel Corporation, Agilent Technologies, Cisco Systems, the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust and The David & Lucile Packard Foundation.

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Fellow Application

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Eligible Intel employees can apply anytime subject to availability of local fellowship opportunities.

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Work Host Application

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The Silicon Valley Encore Fellows Program accepts applications for both fellow candidates and nonprofit work hosts year round. To better meet the needs of nonprofits and the interests and availability of Fellow candidates, the Silicon Valley Encore Fellows Program moved to a rolling timeline seeking to find the best possible matches between nonprofits and Fellow candidates throughout the year.

Meet some recent Silicon Valley Encore Fellows

Catherine Farry

Sunnyvale Community Services, Sunnyvale, California
Encore Fellow 2014

Catherine Farry brings over 20 years of experience working at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, as an academic adviser and program administrator to her Fellowship with Sunnyvale Community Services. Sunnyvale Community Services assists low-income families and seniors facing temporary crises focusing all resources on basic needs. Catherine’s expertise in grants management, data collection and analysis is being used to support decision making, process management, and grants reporting to supply better information about the people served and their needs for basic services.

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Tony Lautman

ALearn, San Jose, California
Encore Fellow 2014

Tony Lautmann brings more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate and volunteerism in education to his Encore Fellowship with ALearn. Tony will be driving ALearn’s strategic planning efforts as it continues to focus on raising college-entrance rates for low income, first-generation students in Silicon Valley by increasing their readiness and eligibility for college.

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Willie Wong

Union City, UNION CITY, CA
Encore Fellow 2014

William Wong brings his 25 year career in manufacturing at Intel to his 2014 Encore Fellowship with the Union City, California, Police Department. William is deploying his program management experience and expertise to update the police dispatch system and integrate it with a neighboring police department.

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Lois Vogen

The King's Academy, Sunnyvale, CA
Encore Fellow 2014

Lois Vogen is leveraging her 13 years of facilities planning and administrative responsibilities at Intel and 20 years of nonprofit work in her Encore Fellowship with The King’s Academy. The King’s Academy is a college preparatory junior and senior high school located in Sunnyvale, CA. Lois is providing much-needed administrative support of key school activities and is helping to create and plan fundraising events during her fellowship.

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Massimo Prati

Embrace, San Francisco, CA
Encore Fellow 2014

Massimo Prati retired from Cisco Systems, where he served 13 years as a Vice President and General Manager in the R&D organization. As an Encore Fellow, he served as the Director of Operations at Embrace, where he was subsequently hired into this position. Massimo is leveraging his general management expertise as well as strategic partnership and operations skills to help expand and scale the organization as it extends the global reach of its products. Embrace’s mission is to advance maternal and child health by delivering innovative solutions to the world’s most vulnerable populations.

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Kay Mascoli

Playworks, Education Energized, Campbell, CA
Encore Fellow 2014

Kay Mascoli is leveraging 25 years of program development and program director experience from organizations such as Santa Clara University, FlexTech Alliance and Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network in her fellowship with Playworks, Education Energized. Playworks believes in the power of play to bring out the best in every child by creating a place for every child on the playground. Kay is focused on enhancing Playwork ‘s corporate engagement strategy and outreach.

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Jim Kaubisch

Music for Minors, Mountain View, CA
Encore Fellow 2014

Jim Kaubisch is a recipient of Sun Microsystem ‘s Chairman ‘s Award for Innovation and brings extensive experience in developing new technologies and products to his fellowship with Music for Minors (MfM). As a Solutions Architect, he is helping MfM migrate its paper-based education delivery infrastructure to a collaborative web environment.

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Roger Herrick

Silicon Valley Education Foundation, San Jose, CA
Encore Fellow 2014

Roger Herrick’s career began in risk management, managing financial and litigated product exposures for large multi-national manufacturers, where he became a change catalyst within the insurance industry. Roger’s 2014 Fellowship is with the Silicon Valley Education Foundation creating strategic partnerships and scaling STEM programs and ESA partnerships beyond current boundaries.

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Steve Hams

Bellwether Education Partners, Menlo Park, CA
Encore Fellow 2014

Steve Hams has worked for over 30 years in Silicon Valley with high tech, medical device, sports and non-profit organizations, primarily leading their human resources functions. Most recently Steve led HR and organizational development at the Skoll Foundation. Steve’s Encore Fellowship is withBellwether Education Partners’ Talent Practice where he plays a central role in the design and implementation of a diagnostic ready framework ensuring that the organizations where individuals land are actually “talent-ready.”

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Noel Durrant

Team4Tech, Menlo Park, CA
Encore Fellow 2014

Noel Durrant followed his volunteer experiences improving education in developing countries by joining Team4Tech, a community of technology professionals dedicated to improving the quality of education around the world. He is a 35-year electronics industry veteran, concluding with 26 years in Quality & Reliability Engineering at Intel. As Team4Tech ‘s Program Director, Noel developed projects bringing NGOs together with high tech company volunteers to improve education in developing countries. He is also applying his skills as a certified quality engineer to develop measurement and evaluation methods to gauge the impact of Team4Tech projects. Following his fellowship, Durrant joined Team4Tech as a Program Director.

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Jean Bourne

YWCA Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA
Encore Fellow 2014

Jean Bourne worked for over 30 years in a variety of Human Resource leadership positions at Wells Fargo and Macy’s, where she provided integrated human resource solutions to improve the organizations’ ability to achieve their strategic goals while creating a great place to work. Jean’s fellowship is with the YWCA of Silicon Valley where she is working with the CEO and her leadership team to ensure they have sustainable HR programs that align and support their mission, values and strategic direction.

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Lori Ann Tarter

Center for Excellence in Nonprofits, Redwood City, CA
Encore Fellow 2013

Lori-Ann Tarter acquired 25 years of experience in advertising, marketing and media planning in the high tech industry. Her 2013 Encore Fellowship was with the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits (CEN), an organization dedicated to fostering highly effective leaders and vibrant nonprofit organizations to positively impact the quality of life in Silicon Valley. Lori-Ann is applying her expertise to help CEN create marketing and communications programs. Lori joined CEN after her fellowship.

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Tom Scannell

CollegeSpring, San Francisco, CA
Encore Fellow 2013

Tom Scannell has been the Chief Financial Officer and a member of the top management teams for a series of fast growing, public and private hi-tech and med-tech companies. Tom brought financial acumen acquired over 30 years of in-depth financial management in high technology companies to his Encore Fellowship at CollegeSpring in San Francisco. CollegeSpring is focused on boosting SAT scores for low-income students.

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Rajiv Mathur

Bay Area Climate Collaborative, San Jose, CA
Encore Fellow 2013

Rajiv has 32 years of diverse technical experience in semiconductor R&D and program management of academic research programs at Intel Corp. With his background in Physics, he is passionate about clean technology solutions applied to important ecology challenges facing the planet. As an Encore Fellow at Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC), he expects to contribute to LED street lighting and EV fleet programs, as well as spearhead new engagements in applying clean technology to a variety of areas such as transportation and energy storage.

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