San Francisco Bay Area Encore Fellows Program

The San Francisco Bay Area program consists of a Silicon Valley and an East Bay Program.  Launched by in 2009,  the Encore Fellows in the  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 San Francisco Bay Area Encore Fellows Program as a Work Host is $30,000 ($25,000 for the Fellow stipend plus a $5,000 program participation fee).

The San Francisco Bay Area 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.

Apply Now to the San Francisco Bay Area Encore Fellows Program

Fellow Application

Begin the process to become an Encore Fellow in the Bay Area. Click here >

Apply to become an Intel Encore Fellow

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

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Work Host Application

Click here to begin the application process to host an Encore Fellow in your organization.


The San Francisco Bay Area 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 Program moved to a rolling timeline seeking to find the best possible matches between nonprofits and Fellow candidates throughout the year.

Meet Some Recent San Francisco Bay Area Encore Fellows

John Benoit

Downtown College Prep, San Jose, California
Encore Fellow 2017

John Benoit is utilizing his engineering and problem-solving skills developed over 27 years at Intel in his Encore Fellowship with Downtown College Prep (DCP). DCP was the first charter high school in Silicon Valley and one of a few schools to believe that all students, regardless of prior academic achievement, can and should be prepared for college success. During his Encore Fellowship, John is providing engineering support for DCP’s High School Engineering Design program and Middle School STEM Program.

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Maria Biggs

City of San Jose, San Jose, California
Encore Fellow 2017

Maria Biggs is a senior business professional with a technology background and extensive marketing
experience working with large enterprise and startup tech companies. Maria is applying her skills in
strategic partnerships, marketing, and program management in her Encore Fellowship with the City of
San Jose where she is working on Volunteer Policy, Procedure and Program Development.

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Deborah Henken, San Francisco, California
Encore Fellow 2017

Deborah will be using her 30 years experience building marketing organizations and strategies for non-profit organizations, educational institutions and high tech companies such as HP and Cisco for Deborah is utilizing her experience and skills to increase awareness and demand for the Encore Fellowship Network with sponsors, social-impact organizations and with experienced adults desiring to transition into social impact positions.

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Adita Corrales

Playworks, Campbell, CA
Encore Fellow 2017

Adita Corrales will be applying her experience and expertise honed over a 26-year career at Intel in her
Encore Fellowship with Playworks. Playworks connects recess to a positive school experience and
believes in the unique ability of play to bring out the best in children by providing opportunities to learn
teamwork and conflict resolution skills. During her Encore Fellowship, Adita will be using her
administrative, organizational and computer skills in her role as Playworks operations manager.

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Bob Crum

First 5 of Santa Clara County, San Jose, CA
Encore Fellow 2017

Bob Crum is a veteran of the technology industry with 40 years of sales and marketing experience in
computer and communications at HP, Sun and Cisco. In addition, he has startup experience with a small
Dutch company bringing their business to the US, and is the sole proprietor of his own micro-publishing
business. Bob’s Encore Fellowship is with First 5 of Santa Clara County, where he will be implementing
Encore’s Generation to Generation program, tapping age 50+ volunteers to participate in early
childhood education programs.

Visit the First 5 of Santa Clara County's website