Through Jane’s Fellowship Program, Fellows will
- Deepen leadership skills and perspectives with a variety of tools and resources.
- Broaden networks by accessing Pierce County trainers, community leaders, and graduates of the Fellowship.
- Encourage equitable collaborations through informed action, integrative practice and deeper awareness and skillfulness around diversity, equity, inclusion and access.
Fellows receive training and opportunities to practice new skills and knowledge on:
- Advancing social and racial equity and addressing systemic inequities
- Group facilitation
- Navigating conflict and difference
- Giving and receiving feedback
- Leveraging personality strengths and communication style
- Self-awareness, mindfulness, and embodiment
- Clarifying your personal mission and vision
- Deepening understanding about local histories and community challenges
- Be a resident of Pierce County
- 24 years of age or above
- Able to commit to consistent participation in regularly scheduled activities for the duration of the 12-month program.
- Volunteers or works within Pierce County neighborhoods and communities, often without formal job titles or positional power, institutional affiliation, and structures. JFP seeks candidates who are taking action at the grassroots level, in partnership with others, to expand the quality of life in their community but may lack access to opportunities or resources to invest in their own leadership potential.
- Desires personal growth, exposure to new tools and resources to expand their leadership capacity, and opportunities to practice self-reflection and accountability within a cohort setting.
- Demonstrates respect for differences among people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship, age, geographic area, type of work, military service status, religion, faith or worldview.
We will recruit a class of 13-15 fellows, representing the diversity of Pierce County.
Participation is key to success of the program. Fellows commit to engage in the following:
- New Fellow Orientation (1.5 hours, December 8 or 13, 2022 at 4:30pm)
- Welcome and Kick-off Dinner (2 hours, January 5, 2023)
- Monthly cohort gatherings (Jan-Nov 2023): second Saturday of the month (daytime) and fourth Thursday of the month (evening)
- Two, three day/two overnight retreats (Jan 13-15, 2023 and Nov 10-12, 2023. Replaces monthly Saturday session in January and November)
- Two 90-minute conversations to reflect on your program experience, at the mid-point and end of program.
- One 90-minute meeting to discuss results from a communication style assessment
- Occasional required readings and independent work
- Optional social and family gatherings and peer-initiated events
- One-to-one meetings with JFP staff as requested
- Graduation (3 hours, evening of December 2, 2023)
Resources for Fellows
- Fellows receive a stipend of $8,500 to honor their investment of time, based on fully meeting participation requirements.
- Fellows are eligible for up to $2,500 for coaching, training and educational opportunities that support their leadership development and learning goals.
Jane Russell was the matriarch of the Russell Family and inspiration for JFP. Jane was a mother and businesswoman who mentored emerging leaders by supporting their drive and challenging them to grow. In 2004, The Russell Family Foundation created JFP to honor her memory and continue her investment in supporting grassroots leadership and amplifying their ability to make a difference in Pierce County.
Applications for Class 10 are due October 5, 2022. To apply, click HERE to download the instructions and learn more about the selection process. Click HERE for the application template. To apply, you will need to submit 1) a completed application template and 2) one letter of support from someone who is familiar with your community involvement (not a family member).
Please contact us at 253-857-1662 if you have any questions about the program, how to apply, or if you have any challenges with downloading or completing the application. If needed, we can also provide the application in another format such as by mail.
We will also host several information sessions for anyone who is considering applying and would like to learn more. These sessions are optional. It’s a great way to learn more about the program, hear from recent graduates and get your questions answered.
- Thursday, August 25 from 6-7 pm via Zoom
- Tuesday, August 30 from 1-2 pm via Zoom
- Wednesday, September 14 from 4-5 pm via Zoom
- Tuesday, September 20 from 5-6:30 pm in person (McKinley Hill neighborhood, Tacoma)
Please rsvp via our contact form if you plan to attend an information session.
Meet the Fellows
Jane’s Fellowship Program (JFP) has engaged 100 individuals in Pierce County in their leadership journeys. Browse our most recent class of fellows, Class 9 (2021 – 2022) and click on their photos to learn more about their work below. Scroll right to see past JFP graduates. If you are a graduate and would like to engage with the Grad Network, please contact us. We thank and honor all of our present and past fellows for your commitment to our community and our shared home.
The Jane’s Fellowship Program operates on the lands of the Coast Salish Sea Peoples known as The Puyallup Tribe.
Juan Carlos De Santiago
Toby Joseph Sr.
Lorraine (Rain) Stone
Neighborhood AdvocacyView Bio
Veterans & Active Duty SupportView Bio
Youth EmpowermentView Bio
Supreme Xi Amaru El-Bey
Community ArtsView Bio
Veterans SupportView Bio
Youth EmpowermentView Bio
Filiva’a “Bojie” Mageo III
Film & StorytellingView Bio
Immigrant RightsView Bio
Elder Care, Youth & Families
Earnestine Felicia Mittan
Youth & Community Leader Development
Sustainable Farming & Trans Advocacy
Community Engagement, Education & Equity
Environmental Justice & Sustainability
Food Systems & Community Health
Elisapeta (Becka) Scanlan
Education & Youth Development
Identity & Musical Arts
Advocacy, Equity, Empowerment & Community
Sustainable Foods & Community Resilience
Education & Nonprofit Management
Education & Equity
Equanimity & Equity
Advocacy, Social Justice, Organizing & Education
Social Enterprise & Community Development
Nissana Nov Revet
Immigrants Outreach & Development
Youth Empowerment & Violence Prevention
In Memoriam: Food Access and Rural Communities
Education & Postsecondary Enrollment
Education, Leadership & College Access & Retention
Community Engagement & Neighborhood Safety
Youth & Families
John W. Levi III
Youth Cultural Dance & Empowerment
Alaimalo (Ala) Talo
Annika (Asma) Tschudy-Simmons
Music & Arts
Foster Care & Elder Care
Animal Welfare, Health & Nutrition
Education & Criminal Justice Reform
Social Justice Ministry
Wellness & Mental Health
Disability Advocacy & Strong Towns
Frederick (J.D.) Davis
Youth Basic Needs
Preston (Tony) Wesley
Kristen (Krissy) Rehberger