Jane's Fellowship

Jane's Fellows are people in Pierce County who are willing to lead even without formal job titles, institutions and structures. They are often outside the spotlight. They are people of caring and vision who stay involved in tough causes despite the challenges, and they inspire action. 

In 2004, the foundation launched Jane's Fellowship Program to support grassroots leaders in Tacoma and Pierce County. Each class of fellows participates in a 15-month leadership experience before becoming part of the graduate network. 


Jane Fellowship Program is named for Jane T. Russell, who was a community leader and businesswoman from Tacoma. Her life's mission was to improve Pierce County by investing in its people -- especially grassroots leaders. Jane's Fellowship supports those who demonstrate exceptional creativity, courage and commitment to the diverse needs of Tacoma and Pierce County.


Applications for the next class of Jane's Fellowship Program (Class 7) are now being accepted.  The application deadline is October 3, 2016, and Class 7 will begin in January 2017. You can download the application in a fillable Word document or a standard Word document.  If you need an application sent to you directly (either electronically or printed) please e-mail or call Susan Dobkins, 253-857-1679.

For more information, download the brochure and please join us at an upcoming public information session in August and September. See below for details:

Info Session #1
August 11
12:30 - 2:30 PM
Centro Latino
(ESL Room)
1208 S 10th St.
Tacoma, WA 98405

Info Session #2
August 16
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Asian Pacific Cultural Center (Studio Room)
4851 South Tacoma Way
Tacoma, WA 98409

Info Session #3
August 31
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Puyallup Public Library
324 S Meridian
Puyallup, WA 98371

Info Session #4
September 8
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Northwest Leadership Foundation
1119 Pacific Ave #800
Tacoma, WA 98402

Info Session #5
September 14
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Portland Ave Community Center
3513 Portland Ave E
Tacoma, WA 98404

Info Session #6
September 20
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Event will be held via teleconference.
Call (253) 858-5050 to register
"I was thinking small for what you can do in the community and now I'm thinking on a whole other level."

Program Overview

Up to 13 leaders from throughout Pierce County
Application Deadline
October 3, 2016
January 2017 - March 2018        
Opening Overnight Retreat
January 20-22, 2017
Skills Training
Personal mission/vision
Racial Equity and Leadership        
Courageous conversations
Group facilitation
Undoing Institutionalized Racism
Asset-based community development
Individual/team leadership assessment
Time Commitment
1 Saturday + 1 evening monthly
Two learning retreats + site visits
Two 3-day workshops
Learning dialogues, group problem-solving
Entrance, mid-year, and closing interviews
Kick-off dinner, graduate mixer, graduation
Some homework
$6,000 total
Recognizes Fellows' community work and helps defray costs of participation in program
Individual Development and Education Accounts (IDEA)
Available in post-fellowship year to all who complete the program. Funds support ongoing work toward leadership goals.
Access to notebooks or tablets
None to participate


Jane’s Fellowship graduates work together as a network to continue their regional impact. The fellowship builds relationships between those who are not formally affiliated with organizations and connects them to graduates from various sectors.



Jane's Fellowship: Voices