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's 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.


The application period for the Jane's Fellowship Program (Class 7) is now closed. Please check this webpage for information about the next class application window (Class 8), which will begin mid-2018. Thank you for your interest in the Jane's Fellowship Program.

"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