Welcoming LeaderSpring's New Executive Director
Dr. Sonia BasSheva Mañjon!

We are thrilled to announce that Sonia BasSheva MañjonPhD, Class of 2006 LeaderSpring Fellow, has been named our next Executive Director. Sonia's deep roots in the Bay Area span three decades, and we are delighted to welcome this visionary leader back after ten years of ground-breaking, equity-driven leadership in higher education.

Sonia comes to us after serving as the inaugural director of the Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise and Associate Professor of Arts Administration, Education and Policy at The Ohio State University (OSU). Click the link below to learn more about her extraordinary leadership!


LeaderSpring's mission is to foster a powerful, equity-driven social sector by strengthening leaders and organizations; developing communities of leaders; and transforming the systems in which they work.

Our dream is that leaders, organizations, and communities in the social sector achieve their promise and potential to create a healthy and equitable society.

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LeaderSpring’s on-the-job Fellowship Program is awarded to social sector leaders and their organizations, spanning a range of direct and advocacy services. The majority are women and people of color. Collectively, our nearly 250 Fellows and alumni deliver critical services to over a million clients in the San Francisco Bay Area each year.

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Building on a proven track record, LeaderSpring offers customized services to foundations, government agencies, and nonprofit intermediaries to strengthen the leadership and organizational capacity of their respective grantees, providers, or clients.


LeaderSpring’s nearly 250 alumni and Fellows are its greatest asset. Alumni generously offer their talent, time and treasure to new classes of Fellows each year. Looking ahead, alumni seek to apply their diverse knowledge and experience in pursuit of a collective equity agenda aimed at reforming the social sector.”

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) Report: 

NCRP released a report titled "Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership: A (Missed?) Philanthropic Opportunity," featuring LeaderSpring and three other leadership development programs across the country.

LeaderSpring also builds communities
of leaders, providing the space needed for creative
idea exchanges and forging relationships
across issue silos for transformational change.

Case Study: A Bolder Form of Leadership

LeaderSpring is proud to share A Bolder Form of Leadership, a case study of how Jennifer Lyle of Building Blocks for Kids accelerated change in Richmond's Iron Triangle community with the help of her LeaderSpring Fellowship.

“Many decisions were being made on behalf of people who lived in the community. Much of the work being done was grounded in the perspective that people are broken and need to be fixed, rather than that the systems are broken.”
— Jennifer Lyle, Founder, Building Blocks for Kids
Left to right: Mariana Moore (Former Council Chair), Jennifer Lyle (Alumni '12), and Cynthia Chavez (Former Executive Director).   Photo by: Jonathon Fong

Left to right: Mariana Moore (Former Council Chair), Jennifer Lyle (Alumni '12), and Cynthia Chavez (Former Executive Director).


Photo by: Jonathon Fong

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Banner and Section Divider Photos by: Jonathon Fong