The Weingart Foundation has launched a pilot fellowship designed to strengthen the pipeline of next-generation social justice and racial equity leaders in Los Angeles County. The John W. Mack Movement Building Fellows program seeks to build the region’s social movement infrastructure by supporting a robust network of leaders committed to realizing a long-term vision of justice and equity for all.

As part of the new program, a cohort of 12 emerging leaders will be selected to engage in transformative leadership development training, peer learning and coaching over an 18-month period.

The idea for this program originated in March 2017, when our Foundation convened 170 philanthropic colleagues and nonprofit leaders for a day-long discussion on “Achieving Equity” in Southern California. Participants identified as a key action item the need to develop, support and sustain leadership for movement building.

The Foundation subsequently convened an advisory group of seasoned movement builders and commissioned a study to better understand the region’s leadership development infrastructure. Based on our learnings, the Weingart Foundation is piloting the John W. Mack Movement Building Fellows program, named after the late civic leader who began his lifelong social justice career as a student activist during the civil rights movement.

Interested candidates should apply by the deadline of 5 p.m. June 17. Fellows will be announced in August.

For more information on the John W. Mack Movement Building Fellows program, including eligibility, selection criteria and how to apply, call (213) 688-7799 or visit info@weingartfnd.org.