is founded on Coro’s unique curriculum of core leadership skills building, paired with real-world experiences with the city as the classroom. Unconventional by traditional academic standards, the Fellows Program is rigorous and demanding. The Fellows Program combines project-based practice, informational interviews with private, public, and nonprofit decision-makers, and skills building in group governance, communication, and analysis. The Fellows Program has four major components: field placements, seminars, interviews, and focus weeks.

Field Placements Each Fellow works in a series of individually tailored assignments in business, nonprofit, government, and political campaigns. These placements are four to six weeks-long. They provide the opportunity for Fellows to see how organizations are structured, how they function, and how they fit into the social, political, economic, and cultural fabric of a city.

Seminars Weekly seminars allow Fellows to reflect on their field placements and develop leadership and management skills. Facilitated by the Fellows trainer, skills-based seminars delve into negotiation, facilitation, consensus building, public speaking, and project management. Fellows are introduced to a variety of tools that will help them think more clearly and effectively and overcome assumptions and prejudgments in order to address complex challenges.

Interviews Fellows have the opportunity to conduct group informational interviews with leaders and decision makers in all areas of public life, giving Fellows rare first-hand exposure to leadership from diverse perspectives.

Focus Weeks Focus weeks are concentrated examinations of a particular sector or issue to provide the Fellows an opportunity for up-close and in-depth study of a topic. Fellows interact with the people who lead organizations and institutions involved in the issue they are exploring through interviews, activities, site visits, and shadow placements. In San Francisco, recent focus week topics have included innovation, state government, and agriculture

I always look back fondly on my time (at Coro) and know that it had a great influence in shaping my future…. It put me in touch firsthand with politics in San Francisco and sparked a desire for public service that has never diminished. Dianne Feinstein, '56

US Senator


Coro has partnered with a number of graduate institutions across the country to offer special credit, scholarships, and admissions consideration to Coro Fellows upon their completion of the program, including the Milano School of Management and Urban Policy at The New School, the Heinz School of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, and the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.


Angel Lau, Recruitment and Revenue Coordinator

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