Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship Program

The Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship program provides SF State students who have faced barriers pursuing a college education with professional experience in the public sector while developing a lifelong commitment to public service. At the same time, the program provides San Francisco’s public agencies with a diverse, qualified and well-educated workforce. Undergraduate fellows intern in city government two days a week in high levels of the executive branch, legislative branch, and city agencies under the direct supervision of a seasoned professional. Fellows typically work on semester-long projects agreed upon in collaboration with their direct supervisor. Each fellow earns a $3,000 stipend by the conclusion of the program.

Through the generosity of philanthropic partners, the program is launching a graduate fellowship opportunity in collaboration with SF State’s School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement (PACE). Graduate students in PACE will be eligible to participate in this two-year fellowship, which will comprise year-long work placement at a government agency, independent research and presentation of that research at a professional conference. The application process for two fellowship positions will open in Fall 2018 with a targeted start date in Spring 2019.

Making an Impact

In 2015, a group of donors contributed more than $1 million to endow the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship program. Their generosity allowed the University to significantly increase the number of students accepted as fellows each semester. Among those supporting the program are: George and Judith Marcus, Dignity Health, Darius Anderson, Kofi Bonner, PG&E, Steven Kay, Clint and Janet Reilly, Wahid Tadros, Larry Baer, Oz Erickson, Richard Guggenhime, Al Dworman and Elisa Stephens.

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A group of Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellows on the steps of San Francisco City Hall

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Former fellow Jared Walker with San Francisco City Administrator Naomi Kelly

“Today, I have meaningful experience in public service work, confidence and professional skills, and a network of professional mentors to guide me through this journey. I am prepared to further my education and become part of the new generation of leadership for San Francisco. The Willie L. Brown Jr. Fellowship has helped make that possible.”
Samantha Roxas, Spring 2011
Fellowship Placement: Office of SF Supervisor David Chiu


Leveling the Playing Field


With its gilded dome, grand staircase and formally dressed wedding couples posing for photos that will last a lifetime, San Francisco City Hall is a character in every story that plays out there. Jared Walker remembers when it entered his life: on the first day of his internship with the Office of the City Administrator as a Willie Brown Fellow. “When I first walked in there I was like…” — he takes a deep breath and exhales with a whoa — “I felt like this was a big chapter coming up.”

College of Health & Social Sciences Funding Initiatives

Students at Commencement


Scholarships provide much-needed support to students to defray the cost of attending the University.

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School of Nursing Simulation Program

The School of Nursing is committed to meeting the need for more qualified nurses by offering high-quality, experiential instruction.

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Pacific Leadership Institute

The Institute’s outdoor education program provides experiential education and leadership development for local youth, adults and corporate groups.

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The Family Acceptance Project

The Project is the world’s first research, intervention, education and policy initiative that helps families learn to support their LGBTQ children.


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For more information, contact:


Mike Sullivant

Director of Development
College of Health & Social Sciences
Email: sullivant@sfsu.edu
Phone: (415) 338-2647