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 Encore.org in 2009, the Bay Area is the flagship Fellows program
and has delivered close to 200,000 hours of high impact work to local nonprofits.

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.

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 $25,000.

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 San Francisco Bay Area Encore Fellows Program as a host is $30,000 ($25,000 for the Fellow stipend plus a $5,000 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

Jeffrey Fox

Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT), San Jose, California

Encore Fellow 2017

Jeff is applying his 44 years of experience as an engineer and manager in the semiconductor industry, most recently with Intel. In his Fellowship with RAFT, he serves as an education and operations liaison where he uses his knowledge, skills and experience to advance RAFT’s mission of helping educators transform the learning experience through “hands-on” education.

Carrie Knapp

College Track, Oakland, California

Encore Fellow 2016

Carrie spent over 30 years as an HR executive in financial corporations. In her Fellowship, she worked to build both a long-term vision and short-term capacity for College Track. She helped create a multi-year strategy to build an HR program and team to support the organization’s mission and vision for growth. College Track recruits students from underrepresented communities to provide access a four-year college degree.

Wayne Ma

Chabot Science and Space, Oakland, California

Encore Fellow 2016

Wayne managed Intel fabrication construction around the globe as well as managing teams in the service and manufacturing areas. In his Fellowshipat Chabot Space and Science Center, he streamlined the organization’s infrastructure to adapt to a changing work environment.