2018 Presidio Institute Fellows Program

​​​​​​​​A Laboratory on Cross Sector Leadership


The Presidio Institute Fellows program is the signature leadership education initiative designed for mid- and late-career professionals working across the nation in Business, Nonprofits, Philanthropy, Academia, and Government. Fellows bring a diversity of expertise and experiences; a desire to learn and contribute, and a passion for solving complex problems by applying learning to projects in their communities, throughout the nation, and across the world. The program aims to help Fellows build their practice of leadership in a number of ways, including:

  • Four, 3-day, in-person learning experiences in San Francisco, Washington, DC, and New York City;
  • Engaging in continued learning, reading, and networking throughout the Fellowship;
  • Coaching calls, with a certified coach, focused on their personal growth, success in the Fellows program, and success in their cross sector work;
  • A unique and growing cross sector problem-solving network of Fellows, alumni, faculty, and guest speakers.

Program Goals

The program's goals are that Fellows:

  • Grow in their individual leadership development; valuing, understanding, and application of cross sector leadership skills; and in their familiarity and understanding of the practice and models of cross sector collaboration.
  • Apply what they are learning to advance the work of their cross sector project.
  • Believe that all the programming is designed and delivered in a clear, logical, and engaging way.
  • Develop strong, supportive, and candid relationships with each other and with guest speakers, and faculty.

Four ways we encourage you to learn more about the Presidio Institute Fellows Program before you apply:

  1. Who are the Fellows? -- Read the biographies of members of the 2017 cohort and alums of the program.
  2. What happens at the in-person Learning Experiences? Take a look at past agendas from in-person Learning Experiences here: Past Agendas page.
  3. How can I learn more about the experience and hear from a Fellow? Join us for a Presidio Institute Information Session featuring a Current or Former Fellow! Email Anna Sanders at asanders@presidiotrust.gov.
  4. I have other questions! Please read the Fellows Program FAQs. If it’s not answered there, please reach out to Anna Sanders at asanders@presidiotrust.gov.


2018 Dates for in-person Learning Experiences will be:

  • San Francisco: March 26-28, 2018
  • Washington, DC: May 21-23, 2018
  • New York City: July 23-25, 2018
  • San Francisco: September 10-12, 2018*

*Due to efforts to improve our program, we have added an additional San Francisco experience this year, and changed the length of the four in-person experiences to three days each.

Please note that in San Francisco, there will be an informal welcome reception for Fellows to gather on Sunday evening. In Washington, DC and New York City, programming will start first thing in the morning on Monday. Unless you live locally, you should plan to arrive the day before (Sunday).

Fellows Program Time Commitment

In addition to the in-person learning experiences, Fellows should estimate that they will spend about 10 hours per month engaging in additional learning, reading, and networking.

Application Process, Deadlines, and Selection

In order to be considered for the 2018 Presidio Institute Fellows program, candidates must submit a completed application packet which includes the following:

  1. Online application, which includes uploading your resume and describing a cross sector project you propose to work on during the Fellowship.
  2. Online recommendation, by someone who knows you and your work well (one recommendation is required, and up to two recommendations will be accepted).

Application Deadlines

  •  Early Bird Application Deadline: Monday, July 24, 2017, 11:59 pm PT.Candidates who have submitted their completed application packet (application and recommendation) by this deadline are eligible for a discounted program fees.
  •  Final Application Deadline: Monday, October 23, 2017, 11:59 pm PT.Candidates who have submitted their completed application packet (application and recommendation) by this deadline are eligible for the program paying the full fee.


2018 Program Fees

Early Bird Pricing

Deadline: 7/24/17

Final Deadline Pricing

Deadline: 10/23/17


Please note that the program fee does not include travel to/from Fellowship Learning Experience sites, or lodging.. The program fee includes 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, snacks, 1 dinner, and at least 1 evening reception. If accepted, a lodging package will be available (with a discounted rate – similar to the Federal Government per diem) for an additional cost. For context, 2017 lodging costs for each Learning Experience were as follows:

  • San Francisco: $314/night
  • Washington, DC: $190.20/night
  • New York City: $334.40/night


The Presidio Institute Fellows program is a cohort-based experience. We aim to build a cohort of 24 individuals who reflect the diversity of our country in​ terms of sector, demographics, geography, and experience. Because the program is already heavily subsidized, we are only able to provide a limited number of partial scholarships for program fees. In your application, please choose the lowest partial scholarship amount you would need to participate. We do not provide full scholarships and are not able to subsidize travel or lodging. If you would like to be considered for a partial scholarship, please indicate so in the section of the candidate applications that asks about scholarships.



Join us for a monthly Presidio Institute Information webinar featuring a current or former Fellow! The first two webinars are scheduled as follows:

June 15, at 1 pm Pacific with Christina Garcia

2015 Fellow
Senior Program Officer, Youth
The James Irvine Foundation

Christina Garcia was appointed senior program officer for the Youth program in July 2015 where she is working to promote equitable outcomes for young people in California, with an initial focus on advancing the field of Linked Learning and adapting model elements to other sectors like higher education and/or workforce systems. Driven by her passion for social justice, equity, and multicultural models of community development, Christina has dedicated her cross-sector career to providing the critical resources that create opportunities for people who don’t have them. Christina currently serves on the Board of Directors of Mercy Housing California and the Treasure Island Homeless Development Initiative.

July 5, at 10 am Pacific with Jamie Horst

2015 Fellow
Director of Community Engagement
McKesson Corporation

As Director of Community Engagement and Corporate Citizenship at McKesson Corporation, a healthcare company based in San Francisco, Jamie is responsible for leading the company’s employee community engagement programs, including oversight of Regional Volunteer and Environmental Councils, technology to support the McKesson Volunteer Grants and Matching Gifts portal, and the production of the company’s annual GRI G4 corporate social responsibility report. Previously, Jamie was Senior Director of Employee Engagement at Visa Inc., where she was responsible for 47% growth in volunteer participation and the formation of financial literacy training programs around the world.

For any questions regarding future webinars, please contact Anna Sanders at asanders@presidiotrust.gov.