2019-2020 OneJustice Executive Fellowship is in session!

OneJustice launched the inaugural class of the Executive Fellowship program in September 2010 to respond to the need of the legal services and public interest nonprofit sector to develop strong management skills and train the next generation of diverse leaders.  The Program’s ten-month intensive curriculum, with faculty drawn from the for-profit, larger nonprofit and academic sectors, expands the capacity of the nonprofits to serve their clients by supporting and training a diverse class of executive directors and emerging leaders in core business and management skills.  The Executive Fellowship delivers graduate level nonprofit management content with a focus on learning that is both multi-model and peer-based, with classmates from similar organizational backgrounds.

Fellowship Components

In-Person Sessions: Fellows meet in-person once a month to learn core business and management skills from expert faculty and from each other. Faculty are drawn from the nonprofit, for-profit, and academic sectors. Session topics include human resources, board development, and fundraising.

Monthly Readings: Before each in-person session, Fellows are assigned readings that expand their perspective and understanding of various leadership and management topics.

Peer Coaching Calls: Through an activity known as “hot seating,” facilitated peer-to-peer coaching calls give Fellows a safe space to share and receive feedback on current organizational challenges. The calls are held in small groups roughly two weeks after each in-person session.

Capstone Projects: For the duration of the Fellowship, participants will work on a capstone project – a culminating project that lets Fellows apply the knowledge and skills gained in the program to a current opportunity within their organization.

Capstone Presentation: Fellows will present their capstone projects at the last session of the Fellowship – a dedicated time for Fellows to reflect on what they have learned over the past 10 months. The Fellows will also graduate and receive their Certificate in Nonprofit Management.

Peer Network: One of the most valuable aspects of the Fellowship is the development of a strong and supportive peer network of like-minded social justice leaders that continues beyond graduation.

Alumni Support: After graduating, Fellows will continue to receive targeted support and resources from OneJustice. This includes webinars, organized reunions, in-person trainings, access to articles and resources on leadership topics, and the opportunity to participate in alumni peer coaching calls.


Enrollment is open to managers, senior managers, and executive directors at legal services and public interest nonprofit organizations.

Deadline to Apply: Monday July 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM PST

Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions no later than Friday, August 2, 2019.


Tuition: $3,500

Although the full cost per Fellow is over $6,500, thanks to the generous support of OneJustice Executive Fellowship donors, we are able to offer this Fellowship at less than half the full cost. Comparable executive programs at universities cost $10,000 - $20,000. Please note that travel costs are not included in tuition.

Full payment of the tuition cost is due by August 23, 2019. Please note that because we are unable to enroll additional Fellows after August 16, 2019, there are no tuition refunds after this date.

If your program has a budget of less than $1,000,000 and the cost of this fellowship would cause a financial hardship, please contact us to inquire about sponsorship.

Class Schedule

Fellows are expected to attend all sessions. In-person sessions are held from 10 am to 5 pm. Fellows are also expected to attend all intersessions:

Thursday September 12th, 2019 10am-5pm: In person in San Francisco
Thursday September 19th, 2019 1pm-5pm: Virtual Intersession 1
Thursday October 10th, 2019 10am-5pm: In person in Los Angeles
Thursday October 17th, 2019 1pm-5pm: Virtual Intersession 2
Thursday November 14th, 2019 10am-5pm: In person in San Francisco
Tuesday December 12th, 2019 10am-5pm: In person in Los Angeles
Thursday January 16th, 2020 10am-5pm: In person in San Francisco
Thursday January 23rd, 2020 1pm-5pm: Virtual Intersession 3
Thursday February 6th, 2020 10am-5pm: In person in San Francisco
Thursday March 5th, 2020 10am-5pm: In person in Los Angeles
Thursday March 12st, 2020 1pm-5pm: Virtual Intersession 4
Thursday April 2nd, 2020 10am-5pm: In person in San Francisco
Thursday April 9th, 2020 1pm-5pm: Virtual Intersession 5
Thursday May 7th, 2020 10am-5pm: In person in Los Angeles
Monday and Tuesday June 1st - 2nd, 2020 10am-5pm: In person in San Francisco