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York Federal Fellows builds next generation of leaders

York Federal Fellows builds next generation of leaders

  • One participant said the program gave her more confidence in myself and made her more comfortable taking on emotional and mental challenges.

If you could design your own plan of professional and personal development customized to fit your needs and personality, how much would you grow as a leader?

The York Federal Fellows Program goes beyond simply asking those questions — it invests in those development plans to help them come to life.

Since 2006, more than 70 local nonprofit, educational, and governmental executive leaders have been through the Fellowship with the mission of encouraging and supporting strong leadership in York’s nonprofit sector.

Each year’s class includes three to five leaders selected through an application process. Their stories, while diverse in how they define development, all have one thing in common: building a better York.


Ruth Robbins ’22: Community Progress Council


Tom O’Connor ’19: Leg Up Farm


Joyce Santiago ’18: Affordable Housing Advocates


About the York Federal Fellows

The York Federal Fellows Program offers outstanding nonprofit, educational and governmental executive leaders the opportunity to spend a year developing professionally and personally while expanding their leadership skills. With a grant of up to $5,000, executives can pursue their own development and connect with other executives during regular workshop sessions throughout the year.


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