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How to Apply

I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.

    Angela Davis

Leading change in low-income communities and communities of color can be challenging and isolating.

Working with nonprofit executive directors for 19 years, LeaderSpring knows that our leaders enter their work with passion for their cause, and commitment to the promise and potential of their organizations. To sustain their “commitment to excellence”, they seek connection with competent, caring peers; strengthened skills; and access to both cutting edge tools and relevant new knowledge. The LeaderSpring Fellowship is where nonprofit executive directors find what they are looking for.


LeaderSpring’s nationally renowned two-year Fellowship provides:

  • A cohort experience that develops a community of diverse leaders (e.g. retreats, monthly Leaders Circles, peer coaching).

  • A learning agenda with a bias for action (e.g. stewarding financial management, personal and organizational sustainability, board governance).

  • Resources that strengthen leaders and organizations
    (e.g. executive coaching, study trips, leader clinics).

The East Bay Class of 2018 Fellowship will be awarded to fifteen select nonprofit executive directors. Fellows will continue to lead their nonprofits during the Fellowship, which will begin in November 2016 and conclude in October 2018. Monthly Leaders Circles will take place on the first Thursday of every month (with occasional exceptions due to holidays).

Learn more about our Fellowship or see if you’re eligible to apply:

Step 1: Determine if you are eligible to apply by completing a 5-minute survey here.

Step 2: If you are eligible, you will be instructed on how to sign up to attend an Information Session. Information Sessions will be held in July and August.

Step 3: An application link will be given to candidates at the Information Session. Applications are due Friday, August 26, 2016 at 5:00 pm.

For more information, contact Clarissa Rivas, Program Assistant at clarissa@leaderspring.org or (510) 286-8949.

For a printable version of the 2016 Call for Qualified Candidates, click here.

2016 Important Recruitment and Fellowship Dates


Step for Application Process

June - August

Interested candidates complete eligibility survey here

Eligible candidates sign up to attend a mandatory Information Session

July - August

Mandatory Information Sessions (all eligible applicants are expected to attend an Information Session)

A link to the application will be given to eligible candidates at the Information Session

Friday, August 26

Applications due by 5 p.m.


Selected interviews

Early October

Announcement of Fellows

November 7-9

Three day residential opening retreat (required)



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