San Francisco Bay Area
Encore Fellows™ Program

The San Francisco Bay Area program consists of two programs. The Silicon Valley Program covers San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. The San Francisco/East Bay Program covers Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, Sonoma and Solano counties.

 Launched by in 2009, the Bay Area is the flagship Encore Fellows™ program and has delivered close to 200,000 hours of high impact work. Organizations utilize Fellows to add vital leadership talent, boost needed capacity, fill interim roles, and use Fellowships as a test bed for talent to assure a fit for permanent positions.

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 San Francisco Bay Area Program accepts applications for fellow candidates
and nonprofit work hosts year round.

Fellows commit to 1000 hours of work for a stipend of $25,000. The costs for a host are $31,000 (the stipend and a $6,000 program fee.)

For more info on the Silicon Valley Program, contact Program Director Gina Cassinelli. For more info on the San Francisco/East Bay program, contact Vibha Dixit.


Screening and Selection Process staff screen Fellow applications, assessing qualifications and fit with proposed Fellowship projects and interim 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 program staff as a potential fit 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 $25,000. Organizations define leadership needs, capacity building projects, or interim positions, and use the Fellowship time to test the suitability of Encore Fellows™ for permanent positions.

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. Many Fellows continue to work with their organization in permanent leadership roles after their Fellowship ends.

The cost for a nonprofit to participate in the San Francisco Bay Area Encore Fellows™ Program as a host is $31,000 ($25,000 for the Fellow stipend plus a $6,000 program participation fee).

Host Examples

Silicon Valley
RAFT-Resource Area for Teaching, City of San Jose,  Playworks, Downtown College Prep, Second Harvest Food Bank, LifeMoves, The Family Giving Tree, Bill Wilson Center, Midpeninsula Community Media Center, AACI-Asian Americans for Community Involvement, Sunnyvale Community Services, CASA, Goodwill, Sacred Heart Community Services, Generation Citizen

San Francisco/Marin/East Bay
Ile Omode School, Techbridge Girls, The Gratitude Network, Ignite Institute of the Pacific School of Religion, Chabot Science and Space, WestEd, College Track, UC Davis Hopland Research and Extension Center, East Bay College Fund

Meet Some Recent Bay Area Fellows

Marlene Somerville

Hack the Hood, Oakland, California

Marlene worked for 23 years in various IT roles at Intel before taking an early retirement package. In her Fellowship with Hack the Hood, she helped the organization bring their application process online and launch their first-ever virtual summer programs during the coronavirus pandemic, allowing them to continue serving under-resourced youth of color interested in pursuing tech-related careers.

Edgar Maxion

Sunnyvale Community Services, Sunnyvale, California

Edgar Maxion spent more than 20 years working in facilities and construction management for renowned Bay Area institutions. In his Fellowship with Sunnyvale Community Services, he’s helping the organization continue providing essential services during the pandemic while managing the renovation of a multimillion dollar property.

Carrie Knapp

Impact Justice, Oakland, California

Carrie spent over 30 years as an HR executive in financial corporations. In her Fellowship with Impact Justice, she helped the organization create equitable job and pay structures, and refine performance management and employee policies. She worked closely with the leadership team, pushing them to understand and articulate their values prior to making plans and communicating with employees. 

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