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Bank of America Service Leadership Fellows Program

Bank of America Service Leadership Fellows Program

Through a generous multi-year grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Reimagining Service operates the Bank of America Service Leadership Fellows Program. The BofA Fellows Program provides opportunity for graduate students to develop and apply their skill sets, and in turn, increase the capacity of this forward-thinking coalition that seeks to increase volunteer engagement.

Partners Involved: Georgetown University's Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership at the McCourt School of Public Policy, the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University, and the Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership, Haas School of Business and the Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement, Goldman School of Public Policy, at University of California, Berkeley

Job Description: Read the 2014 Summer job announcement that outlines the Bank of America Service Leadership Fellows' responsibilities.

Summer 2014 Fellows

Brian Agnew, Spring 2014 FellowsFellow: Brian Agnew

Campus Affiliation: Georgetown University

Reimagining Service Projects: This summer, Brian is continuing his projects from the spring including a "how to guide" for hosting a Reimagining Service Summit, based on lessons learned from communities across the nation, and documenting examples of Reimagining Service principles in action.

Biography: Brian has graduated from Georgetown University with a Master of Public Policy degree, focusing on social sector systems development and organizational leadership.  His career goals are to improve the impact and efficiency of social programs and to strengthen the framework of social financing and impact investing.

Erica Fox, Bank of America FellowFellow: Erica Fox

Campus Affiliation: Georgetown University

Reimagining Service Projects: Erica is serving as our data analyst and recently examined insights about nonprofit attitudes on partnering with companies in preparation for the Reimagining Service Forum at the Conference on Volunteering and Service. She will continue to work with data by examining new research and resources for calculating a return on investment, in addition to developing a case study featuring a for-profit company that understands and invests in nonprofit capacity.

Biography: Erica is delighted to join the Reimagining Service team, building on her diverse set of experiences managing advocacy and electoral campaigns. Erica is pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy at Georgetown’s McCourt School, where she is focusing on how we can incorporate new sources of data into urban and social policy.

Safeena Mecklai, Bank of America FellowFellow: Safeena Mecklai

Campus Affiliation: University of California, Berkeley

Reimagining Service Projects: Safeena will profile the Literacy Network in a case study as the organization expands its engagement with skills-based volunteers.  Additionally, Safeena will develop a second case study on a place-based funder’s investment in a skills-based volunteering initiative and contribute to marketing efforts.

Biography: Safeena is a recent graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with a B.A. in Media Studies (honors) and Public Policy. Among a number of roles with the Associated Students of the University of California, she served as the External Affairs Vice President, the chief advocate for students at the local, state, and national levels. She dedicated her time at UC Berkeley to student activism, such as expanding internship opportunities with the City of Berkeley, and has led campaigns on campus to expand affordability, accessibility, and diversity in higher education. Safeena is thrilled to be spending her summer as a Bank of America Service Leadership Fellow before she moves to New York City in the fall for the Coro Fellows Program.

Jayati Sethi, Bank of America FellowFellow: Jayati Sethi

Campus Affiliation: Georgetown University

Reimagining Service Projects: This summer, Jayati will update a seminal resource that focuses on how nonprofit executive leaders signal their knowledge of and support for volunteer engagement.  Additionally, Jayati will be involved with producing case studies that profile the national Service Enterprise Initiative.

Biography: Jayati is a graduate student at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. Her special interests are governance and accountability in non-profit and public organizations. She has managed cross-sector alliances and capacity building initiatives with grassroots non-profits in India. She looks forward to applying her experiences to her work at Reimagining Service this summer.


Katherine Tice, Bank of America FellowFellow: Katherine Tice

Campus Affiliation: Stanford University

Reimagining Service Projects: This summer, Katherine will devote her time to strategically envisioning and refining volunteer engagement strategies in the public sector and will author a case study on a public sector department/agency that is embracing volunteer engagement as part of its resolve to serve the public good.

Biography: After receiving her Bachelors of Arts from Tulane University, Katherine was commissioned into the US Navy, and served overseas as a naval intelligence officer. Having grown up in the Bay Area, she’s thrilled to be back home.  Returning to academia as a civilian, she is currently a master’s candidate in Stanford's International Policy Studies, concentrating in conflict intervention and mediation. She's interested in federal service initiatives and partnerships as well as the social implications of both global and local service.