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Jane’s Fellowship

Supporting Pierce County Leaders to Make a Difference

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.

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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
  • Storytelling
  • 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.


Ideal Candidate 

  • 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.


Time Commitment 

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.


About Jane 

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. 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.

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