Jane’s Fellowship Program (JFP) is a year-long program that brings together a diverse group of leaders who are actively serving Pierce County and working to address a wide range of community challenges. The goal of JFP is to deepen leadership skills, expand perspectives and encourage equitable collaborations for grassroots and community leaders. In this 12-month, cohort-based program, Fellows meet twice monthly to share in skills training, experiential learning, and community building. Pierce County residents who feel called to lead, serve and collaborate around a community vision are encouraged to apply.
In Stipend and Grant Support
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)
- Welcome and Kick-off Dinner (2 hours)
- Monthly cohort gatherings
- Two, three day/two overnight retreats
- 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)
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.
The application period for Class 10 is closed. We will begin recruitment for Class 11 in June 2023. Please check back in summer 2023 for updates. Thanks!
Meet the Fellows
Jane’s Fellowship Program (JFP) has engaged 115 individuals in Pierce County in their leadership journeys. Browse our most recent class of fellows, Class 10 (2023) and click on their photos to learn more about their work below. Scroll right to see past JFP graduates. 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.
Toby S. Joseph
Spirit Ta’an’pe’tu Miska
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
If you are a graduate and would like to engage with the Grad Network, please contact us below.
Recruitment for the next cohort of Fellows will begin in summer 2023. Sign up to receive program updates, including notification of the next application window.