Our advisors are a group of leading social changemakers who work across a variety of issue areas. With these experts, we carried out a rigorous selection process to identify a diverse cohort of fellows whose work would benefit from a unique combination of early risk-tolerant financial support, training, and peer learning. Many early stage nonprofits aren’t able to secure the finances they need to expand their work and their impact. We set out to change that by providing early support to the most inspiring leaders we could find.
With these advisors, we recruited almost 100 talent scouts from nearly all 50 states to nominate candidates for FNL fellowships. These talent scouts, established leaders in their regions, nominated candidates working on the ground in their communities largely unknown by traditional philanthropy.
We received written applications from 133 candidates, hailing from 39 different states. The evaluation process involved teams of reviewers interviewing more than 50 leaders, evaluating their work using a 6-part criteria scorecard and narrowing them down to a small group of finalists.
The advisors, staff and founders chose 13 start-up organizations (including one team of 2) to join FNL’s inaugural cohort of fellows, based on their performance throughout the application and interview process.
Greg Nelson is the Managing Director of a family office in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is an entrepreneur, advisor, investor, and youth sports coach, and previously served seven years in the Obama White House, including as Chief of Staff for the National Economic Council and Associate Director for Public Engagement.Learn More
Marley Pierce has served as an elementary special education teacher, outdoor environmental science guide, and program manager for a nonprofit focussed on inclusive democracy. She currently teaches U.S. History at a high school in the San Francisco Bay Area and holds a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from Brown University.Learn More
Eric K. Ward is a nationally-recognized expert on the relationship between authoritarian movements, hate violence, and preserving inclusive democracy. He currently serves as Executive Director of Western States Center, Senior Fellow with Southern Poverty Law Center and Race Forward, and Co-Chair for The Proteus Fund.Learn More
The youngest of the three Hartman children, Andy is currently pursuing a B.A. in Theatre with a minor in Dance and modules in Acting for Screen and Playwriting from Northwestern University. Andy is passionate about community service and advancing social justice efforts in all aspects of life.Learn More
Katie Hartman is currently a lead special education teacher at The Shefa School in New York City. She holds a B.A. in English and a M.S.Ed. in Special Education and Elementary Education, both from the University of Pennsylvania. Katie is grateful and humbled to be part of the FNL team!Learn More