Leadership Development at Luskin

The UCLA Luskin Leadership Development Program enhances students’ professional development and prepares graduates to assume leadership roles in the public, nonprofit and for-profit sectors. A student who fully participates in the program will experience the vision, perspectives, resources and tools they need to be active, transformative change agents.  The three segments of the program are the Senior Fellows program, fellowship/internship awards, and hands-on leadership experiences.

Senior Fellows Leadership Program

The Senior Fellows Program is the premier leadership career training program of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. The mission of the Senior Fellows Leadership Program is to engage prominent leaders as role models for graduate students from Public Policy, Social Welfare and Urban Planning. The program features policy, public service and community leaders who act as role models to lead UCLA Luskin students to careers in the public interest.

For a list of all past Senior Fellows, click here.

The Senior Fellows Leadership Program was designed to enrich students’ education by giving them individual access to policy makers and community leaders who have successfully addressed major public issues. The goal of the mentor program is to help two to three students build a relationship with a Senior Fellow in their field of interest. Students participating in the Senior Fellows Leadership Program utilize this unique opportunity to shadow their Fellows, meet leaders and senior level managers, gain invaluable career guidance, and obtain applied knowledge that enhances their academic courses of study.  To hear more about previous students’ experience with their senior fellows, click here.

Application Process for Senior Fellows program - DEADLINE: Monday, October 15 by 5pm

Application Process

1. Upload your resume to CareerView

2. Send an email to leaders@luskin.ucla.edu with “Invitation to CCLE” in the subject line.  This will give you access to CCLE where you will upload your application.

On your application document, provide the following information:

  • Last name, First name
  • Address including City, State, ZIP Code
  • Preferred Phone number
  • Preferred Email address
  • Department: Public Policy, Social Welfare or Urban Planning
  • Degree Program and year in program: first or second year masters or year in Ph.D
  • Your area of concentration
  • A biographic profile (about 300 words), written in third person
  • Write one or two paragraphs explaining your interest in strengthening your leadership skills. What are your current leadership roles? What does leadership and/or being a change agent mean to you?
  • Name of first choice
    Write two to three paragraphs explaining why you are interested in this person.
  • Name of second choice
    Write two to three paragraphs explaining why you are interested in this person.
  • Name of third choice
    Write two to three paragraphs explaining why you are interested in this person.
  • Order business cards from your department (recommended).

Please note: Most Fellows will be assigned one or two students. Graduate student advisers will participate in the selection process. Priority will be given to Luskin second-year students

Read the Senior Fellows program handbook (PDF)

Program Goals for UCLA Luskin Graduate Students

  • Provide a practical component of their academic experience by exposing them to premier leaders in the field.
  • Provide opportunities to engage with community leaders for the purpose of professional development, networking, and personal growth.
  • Strengthen ties between Senior Fellows and UCLA Luskin to broaden the School’s ability to bring timely, informative events to the University and greater community.
  • Provide opportunities for internships, job market advice, and career exploration in order to accelerate students’ career trajectory.
  • Connect the world of political and policy action to education for public interest.

Participants in 2018-2019 Senior Fellows Mentor Program

Senior Fellows Leadership Program
2018-2019 Mentor Program Participants

Bob Alvarez, BA ’88, Chief of Staff, California State Senator Cathleen Galgiani

Michael Alvidrez, MAUP ’83, External Ambassador, CEO Emeritus, Skid Row Housing Trust

Cecilia Choi, Foreign Service Officer, US Dept. of State; UCLA Diplomat in Residence

Honorable Mike Gatto, Former CA State Assemblymember, D-43rd District

Seth Jacobson, MPP ’03, Senior Director, Energy and Water Programs, Climate Resolve

Cheryl Mathieu, PhD ’05 (Social Welfare), Founder and CEO, AgingPro

Honorable Brian Nestande, Former CA Assemblymember, R-42nd District

Berk Özler, Lead Economist, Development Research Group, The World Bank

Paco Retana, MSW ’90, Vice President of Programs, Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic

Joel Reynolds, Western Director, Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council

Faye Washington, President & CEO, YWCA Greater Los Angeles

Emily Williams, MPP ’98, Senior Deputy for Human Services and Child Welfare, Office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas

Continuing Fellows

Paul Arevalo, City Manager, City of West Hollywood

Randy Barth, Founder and CEO, Think Together

Ken Bernstein, Principal City Planner, Policy Planning and Historic Resources Div, LA Planning Dept.

Kafi Blumenfield, Board Member, The James Irvine Foundation

Danielle Brazell, General Manager, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles

Edmund J. Cain, Vice President, Grant Programs, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Elizabeth Calvin, Senior Advocate, Children’s Rights Division, Human Rights Watch

David M. Carlisle, President and CEO, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science

Rick Cole, City Manager, City of Santa Monica

Donna E. Deutchman, President and CEO, Homes 4 Families

Thomas Epstein, President, California Community Colleges Board of Governors

Christine Essel, President and CEO, Southern California Grantmakers

Jennifer Ferro, President, KCRW

Honorable Warren Furutani, Former California Assemblymember

Lisa Hasegawa, Principal and Co-Founder, Fireflower Partners

Stanley R. Hoffman, President, Stanley R. Hoffman Associates, Inc.

Hasan Ikhrata, Executive Director, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)

Lorri L. Jean, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles LGBT Center

Vickie Kropenske, Executive Director – Hope Street Family Center

Ann-Louise Kuhns, President and Chief Executive Officer, California Children’s Hospital Association

Shawn Landres, Co-founder, Jumpstart Labs; Chair, Board of Managers, Impact Hub LA

Adrienne Luce, Executive Director, HMC Architects Designing Futures Foundation; CSR Consultant

Anne Miskey, Chief Executive Officer, Union Station Homeless Services

Honorable Michael Nash, Director, Office of Child Protection, Los Angeles County

Anita Nelson, Chief Executive Officer, SRO Housing Corp

Steve Nissen, Senior Vice President, Legal & Governmental Affairs, NBC Universal

Barbara Osborn, Director of Communications, Los Angeles County Supervisor

Torie Osborn, Senior Strategist, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

Claire Peeps, Executive Director, Durfee Foundation (LinkedIn)

Michele Prichard, Director, Common Agenda, Liberty Hill Foundation

Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation

Michelle Rhone-Collins, Executive Director, LIFT-Los Angeles

Dan Schnur, Program Director, California Influencers (LinkedIn)

Robin Toma, Executive Director, Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations

Tanya Tull, President and CEO; Partnering for Change

David Wright, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Leadership Awards Programs

At the convergence of the fields of social work, urban planning, and policymaking, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs cultivates leaders and change agents who advance solutions to society’s most pressing problems. UCLA Luskin graduate students are examining issues affecting our nation and the needs of our society through this unique and beneficial interdisciplinary lens.

Hands-on, yearlong fellowships and summer internships are an integral part of the training UCLA Luskin graduate students receive as they become leaders throughout Los Angeles, across the nation, and around the globe. Urban Planning, Social Welfare, and Public Policy graduate students are placed within community foundations, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies where they receive invaluable practical experience with advanced research, policy, and advocacy while simultaneously providing high-level work aligned with the placement organizations’ missions.

Summer Awards

Placement opportunities for summer internships will be announced in February. Application deadline is Friday, May 17 by 5pm.

Michael S. Dukakis Internship Program

Professor Michael Dukakis spearheaded this internship program to provide UCLA Luskin students with first-hand public service experience in government. As power shifts from Washington D.C. to the state and local level, the need for talented public servants has never been greater. The Michael S. Dukakis Internship Program provides awards for UCLA Luskin continuing students serving in non-partisan internships in government, with a special emphasis on California. Click here for more information.

Liberty Hill Foundation

Two Internship Awards

Award #1: This internship will involve a focus on environmental justice policy issues in Los Angeles, including the Clean UP Green UP policy campaign, the STAND LA policy campaign to address the health and safety impacts of neighborhood oil drilling; and the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund project. The intern will work with Liberty Hill staff and a set of community-based organizations.

Award #2: The Program Department at Liberty Hill seeks interns with a commitment to social change and an interest in philanthropy, public policy and research, communications, and/or non-profit development. Working with lead staff, each program team intern will design and have ownership over a summer-long project that utilizes their skill set to advance social change.

Click here for more information.

Public Service Internship Awards

UCLA Luskin will provide one 2019 summer internship award to a UCLA Luskin graduate student who will be accepting a non-paid internship with an organization that is engaged in public service. The internship organization must be bi-partisan/non-partisan and can be a civic organization, non-partisan government agency or department, a community program or nonprofit organization, advocacy group or civic engagement. Internship will be ten weeks between June and September (400 hours). Click here for more information.

Application Process for Summer Awards - DEADLINE: Friday, May 17, 2019 by 5pm

Application Process

1. Upload your resume to CareerView

2. Send an email to leaders@luskin.ucla.edu with “Invitation to CCLE” in the subject line.  This will give you access to CCLE where you will upload your application.

3. Submit your statements as required on the CCLE page for each award.

Michael S. Dukakis Internship
Liberty Hill Foundation
Public Service Internship Awards

Yearlong Fellowships

UCLA Luskin offers a limited number of yearlong fellowships with nonprofit organizations, government and public service agencies.  Placement opportunities include public health, child welfare, education policy, social justice, environmental policy, city/county government, and other public service organizations.  Host organizations will be announced in January.  Deadline is Friday, February 15 by 5pm.

David Bohnett Fellowship Program

The David Bohnett Fellowship Program was established as a hands-on working experience in the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office for exceptionally promising public policy, social welfare, and urban planning students.  (Click here to see departmental opportunities.)  The Bohnett Fellowship Program will offer students first-hand experience in the highest levels of city government and will provide senior executives in the Mayor’s office with an outstanding cohort of policy interns.  Three UCLA Luskin students will be selected.  Deadline to apply for 2019-2020 placements is Friday, February 15 by 5pm.  Visit CCLE site for more information.

Application Process for Yearlong Fellowships - DEADLINE: Friday, February 15, 2019 by 5pm

Application Process

1. Upload your resume to CareerView

2. Send an email to leaders@luskin.ucla.edu with “Invitation to CCLE” in the subject line.  This will give you access to CCLE where you will upload your application.

3. Submit your statements as required on the CCLE page for each award.

David Bohnett Fellowship Program

Award Spotlights

Shonté Johnson, Social Welfare, received the David Bohnett Fellowship to work in the Mayor’s Office of Economic Opportunity

Renee Lahey, Public Policy, is a UCLA Luskin Leadership Fellow for Alliance College-Ready Public Schools

Iman Nanji, Public Policy, received the David Bohnett Fellowship to work in the Mayor’s Office of Budget and Innovation

Sarah Rubinstein, Public Policy, is a UCLA Luskin Leadership Fellow for the Los Angeles County Office of Child Protection

Sean Tan, Public Policy, received the David Bohnett Fellowship to work in the Mayor’s Office of City Services.