Fulcrum Fellowship

The Fulcrum Fellowship is an intensive, hands-on program designed to equip leaders with the community investment, racial equity, and adaptive leadership knowledge and skills to ignite lasting change in communities.

Fulcrum Fellowship recruitment starts Spring 2024.   |   Current Fulcrum Fellow? Login to Canvas.


This 15-month program includes monthly coaching calls; multiday in-person and virtual seminars; and support to apply lessons learned at home.

The Fellowship recognizes that the environments in which people live, work, and play determine the choices and opportunities they have to shape their lives. We support Fulcrum Fellows—rising executives in the public, nonprofit, philanthropic, and private sectors—as they work to transform their communities so that residents can realize their potential and lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

What Fulcrum Fellows Do

The Fulcrum Fellowship equips participants to lead transformational change. Grounded in an action-learning framework, the program positions fellows to help disinvested communities achieve their environmental, social, and economic priorities. Fellows participate in the following activities.

Use the Capital Absorption Framework to create high-impact opportunities that address inequities.

Apply systems thinking to tackle racial inequities and economic marginalization.

Design strategies and take action on urgent community issues, focusing on scale and systems change.

Become skilled leaders prepared to inspire and facilitate powerful collaborations.

Learn about financial tools to achieve greater scale and impact.

Join an active, racially diverse network of committed leaders working toward the same goals.


Who Can Apply to Be a Fellow

Our program brings together a diverse cohort of rising executives from the public, nonprofit, philanthropic, and private sectors. Each Fellow commits to addressing a challenge of critical importance to their organization and community. Eligible participants:


Have been working for at least 10 to 15 years in community health, climate resilience, housing and community development, creative placemaking, philanthropy, finance, or related fields.


Lead an organizational or cross-organizational effort that is of prime importance to their community and will rely on investment capital to succeed.


Are willing to rethink and reframe current strategies to accelerate progress and deepen impact.


Focus on bringing about systems change to realize racial equity. 


Want to develop deeper self-awareness and personal efficacy in their leadership. 


Are eager to learn, give and receive coaching, and participate in a network of diverse, committed peers.


Can commit to the entire 15-month program, with endorsement from their organization.


The instruction that came from Fulcrum and the network played a key role in helping to influence how our organization does the work. That’s real. If we had taken a transactional approach, I don’t think we would have the same quality of momentum or community support.

Damon Burns, Finance New Orleans

Current Fulcrum Fellows

Meet the Fulcrum Fellows working with us to create systemic change in the public, nonprofit, philanthropic, and private sectors.
Meet our alumni by exploring our network.

Boston Children's Hospital
Director of Community Investment
Boston, Massachusetts
National Fair Housing Alliance
Vice President of Housing and Community Development
Washington, District of Columbia
Vermont Housing Agency
Managing Director of Community Development
Burlington, Vermont
MacArthur Foundation
Program Officer, Chicago Commitment Team
Chicago, Illinois
McKnight Foundation
Senior Program Officer
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Innovan Neighborhoods
Managing Partner, Founder
Dallas, Texas
City of Los Angeles
Legislative Director, Councilmember Eunisses Hernandez (CD1)
Los Angeles, California
Cleveland Foundation
Program Director, Economic and Community Development & Social Impact Investing
Cleveland, Ohio
Native Women Lead
Co-Director and Co-Founder
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Low Income Investment Fund
Director, Racial Equity & Impact Lending
New York, New York