Los Angeles
Encore Fellows™ Program

The Los Angeles Program covers the LA metro area.

Encore Fellow Application

Submit online Fellow application, with qualifications and resume.

Host Application

Submit online Host application, with description of one or more Fellowship positions.

The Los Angeles Program accepts applications for fellow candidates
and nonprofit work hosts year round.

For more information, contact LA Program Director, Judy Bamberger.

Screening and Selection Process

Encore.org staff screen Fellow applications, assessing qualifications and fit with proposed Fellowship positions. Factors include:

  • Skills, abilities and expertise to advance the work and social impact of the Host Organization
  • Commitment and demonstrated interest in the Fellowship assignment, including prior involvement in nonprofit or community work
  • Adaptability and readiness to make the switch from the private sector to the social impact sector
  • Suitability and strong fit between the fellow’s skills, personal goals and attributes, and the hosts’s mission, culture, organizational structure and staff

Host organizations interview Fellow candidates that have been screened and vetted by the encore.org program staff as a potential fits with Fellowship positions.

Match made by mutual decision of Host and Fellow, with final approval by the local Fellows program staff.

Note: Due to the high number of applications and limited fellowship opportunities, it is a selective process.  Although not all applicants will be contacted, your application will be kept on file for future opportunities.

About Encore Fellows™

Fellowships match highly skilled, experienced professionals at the end of their midlife careers with social-purpose organizations in need of capacity building. During the Fellowship (typically six to twelve months, half to full-time). Fellows commit to 1,000 hours of work and earn a stipend of $20,000.

Typical functional backgrounds for fellows and the project areas they can contribute to:

  • Marketing/communications  brand management, messaging and public relations
  • Information technology hardware, software and cloud computing technology planning, implementation and maintenance
  • Human resources policies  systems and structures, staff development and coaching
  • Legal issues  structure, contracts, tax, employment and intellectual property
  • Financial management  accounting, business processes, budgeting, forecasting, and cost modeling
  • Sales/business development  policies and strategies, fundraising and target donor identification
  • Strategic planning scaling, partnerships, deployment and board recruitment
  • Operations and performance management planning, coordination and analysis
  • Project/program management  change initiatives, new ventures or expansion
  • Technical specialists specific skills, e.g., engineering, statistics
  • Facilities and construction management including design and project management, facility maintenance and administration

About Host Organizations

Fellows bring a wealth of skills and life experience that can have a lasting impact for hosts. Frequently, a Fellow’s contribution goes beyond the specific work assignment. Many become role models for staff, executive coaches or mentors. Fellows come with  maturity and experience in analytical thinking, management and operations.

The cost for a nonprofit to participate in the Los Angeles Encore Fellows™ Program as a host is $26,000 ($20,000 for the Fellow stipend plus a $6,000 program participation fee).

LA Host Examples

Engaged Aging, LA’s BEST, ICEF, Child Development Institute, Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Long Beach, CASA Los Angeles, Our House, Social Venture Partners, Los Angeles, Youth Mentoring, Playworks, Los Angeles Clean Tech Incubator, Raise A Child, Inc.

Meet Some Recent Los Angeles Fellows

Joan Goldfeder

LA’s BEST Afterschool Enrichment Program, Los Angeles, California

Encore Fellow 2017

After years of experience in advertising and marketing with several agencies,  Joan will work with LA’s BEST, an organization that provides  safe, supervised afterschool enrichment for elementary school students in neighborhoods with the greatest needs and fewest resources throughout Los Angeles. She will lead a branding audit and process across all stakeholders to refresh their messaging to better communicate their purpose and impact.

Greg Bonn

Child Development Institute, Canoga Park, CA

Encore Fellow 2017

After years of experience as a development executive, particularly in health institutions, Greg will serve as Interim Director of Development, creating the foundation, strategy and structure for the development function and mentoring staff.


Melani Smith

Playworks Southern California, Carson, California

Encore Fellow 2016

Melani Smith has been a practicing urban planner in the Los Angeles region for over 20 years, after starting her career with 10 years in marketing for architecture and engineering firms. Her Encore Fellowship is at Playworks Southern California, one of the largest regions of this national non-profit, with the mission to bring safe and healthy play to every child, every day. She is working closely with Playworks Southern California’s Executive Director to develop and test a toolkit that provides Playworks’ schools with guidance for finding, hiring and retaining its recess staff. She also supports the effort to develop Playworks’ strategic partnerships in the region.

Mike Huntley

JFCS of Long Beach and West Orange County, Long Beach, California

Encore Fellow 2016

Mike has over 30 years of experience in senior level sales and marketing management including growing businesses in the US., Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. For his Fellowship, he is creating and expanding new programs and building new partnerships to increase revenue streams for the Jewish Family and Children’s Service in Long Beach.

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