Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellowship


January 27 – Application deadline

March 2, 3 & 4* – Semi-finalist Skype interviews

April 2-3* – Finalist interviews in Cleveland 

April 15 – Fellows selection

September 8* – Fellowship begins

*Candidates must be available on these dates 

Launched in 2016, the Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellowship immerses talented, emerging leaders from across the country in the work of Cleveland’s public sector, providing them an opportunity to develop their skills, enhance their networks, and jumpstart a career in public service.

The program includes:

  • A 12-month, full-time paid placement at a selected public sector agency in Cleveland, providing meaningful career-related work experience. The fellowship includes a $35,000 salary with health benefits
  • Participation in professional development that prepares Fellows for 21st century public service, administered by Cleveland Foundation staff and professionals with expertise in their fields.
  • A small cohort with individualized coaching, supervision and support
  • Immersion in the rich civic and cultural life of Cleveland, with first-hand opportunities to network and connect with a diverse array of senior leaders, organizations, and community members.

 How to Apply for the 2020-2021 Fellowship – CLICK HERE   

(For Organizations) How to Host a 2020-2021 Fellow – CLICK HERE 

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Meet the 2019-20 Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellows

Portrait of Lauretta Amanor

Lauretta AmanorInvest in Children

Amanor was born in Accra, Ghana but grew up on the east side of Cleveland. She attended Ursuline College, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Social Media Communications. As a student, she was involved in a number of student programs and spent her weekends volunteering at the Norma Herr Women’s Shelter on Payne Avenue. At Invest in Children, Lauretta will work on program planning, contracting, monitoring and evaluation related to various initiatives including Step Up to Quality – Universal Pre-K.

Portrait of Janella BlanchardJanella Blanchard, hosted by City of Cleveland, Dept. of Community Development

Blanchard, a Cleveland native, is a recent graduate of Cleveland State University, earning her Master’s in Nonprofit Administration and Leadership. In 2017, Janella earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Bowling Green State University. For the past two years, Janella has served as a College Guide with College Now Greater Cleveland through AmeriCorps where she has helped Cleveland’s youth plan for post-secondary education. As a fellow, Janella will act as project manager for the Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition.

Portrait of William BotchwayWilliam Botchway, hosted by Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA)

Botchway is a 2019 graduate of Davidson College in Sociology and Africana Studies with a focus on urban sociology. As a fellow, William will help develop and implement CMHA’s Housing Mobility Program, which will allow low-income participants to gain access to increased educational and employment opportunities in well-resourced communities in the Cleveland area. In addition, William will analyze CMHA’s accessibility to families, identify neighborhood trends for action planning, and assist with the organization’s community outreach efforts to residents and government. William is a native of Queens, NY.

Portrait of Analese Chandler-NievesAnalese Chandler-Nieves, hosted by Cleveland Foundation

Chandler-Nieves is a 2019 graduate of Baldwin Wallace University in Sociology with minors in Psychology and Criminal Justice. As a fellow, she will develop and execute a Creative Fusion international artist residency cohort, research and coordinate the foundation’s lobby art and exhibition program, and assist with grantmaking. Analese grew up in Cleveland, Ohio.

Portrait of Garret ForstGarret Forst, hosted by Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA)

Forst is a 2019 graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, CT. While at Trinity, he completed dual majors in Urban Studies and History and was active in the college’s efforts to engage with the Hartford community. As a Fellow, he will work in the Modernization and Development department at CMHA where he will assist with long-term planning by carrying out data analysis and mapping as well as providing administrative support. Garret is a Cleveland resident and native of the West Park neighborhood.

Portrait of Marsalis HammonsMarsalis Hammons, hosted by Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Hammons, a native of Elyria, OH, is a 2018 graduate of Cleveland State University. Double majoring in Human Resources and Marketing with a minor in Black Studies, he plans to support equity and inclusion within the district. As a fellow, Marsalis will work alongside the CMSD Talent Acquisition team to help develop and implement recruitment strategies, enhance interview processes, and increase the quality of hires for CMSD. 

Portrait of Emma KoppEmma Kopp, hosted by City of Cleveland, Dept. of Aging

Kopp is a 2018 graduate of Denison University majoring in Anthropology/Sociology and Religion. Previous relevant work experience includes an internship at Linking Employment, Abilities, and Potential (LEAP) and employment at the Cleveland Restoration Society. At the Department of Aging, Emma will be focused on implementing the Age Friendly Cleveland Plan in an effort to enhance the quality of life for seniors and adults with disabilities and to increase the livability of Cleveland neighborhoods. A Cleveland native, she is excited to effect meaningful change in her community as a fellow.

Portrait of Samira MaloneSamira Malone, hosted by MidTown Cleveland, Inc. (MTC)

Malone is a Cleveland Native and a 2017 graduate of Cleveland State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Region Planning. She is now pursuing a Master’s of Urban Planning and Development with a certification in GIS and she anticipates graduating in Spring 2020. At MidTown Cleveland, Inc., Samira will work on key projects including collaborative resident-based arts programming, the planning processes for an Innovation District and MTC master plan, the development of a community benefits framework for real estate projects, and other placemaking projects.

Portrait of Sara RamasastrySara Ramasastry, hosted by City of Cleveland, Dept. of Aging

Ramasastry is a 2017 graduate of Smith College with a B.A. degree in History and American Studies. She currently works for Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential (LEAP), a Cleveland nonprofit agency that serves people with disabilities. As a fellow, Sara’s projects will focus on the Age Friendly Cleveland Plan, an initiative to increase the quality of life for older adults in Cleveland. Sara is originally from Illinois, but is a proud Cleveland resident.

Portrait of Scott SearsScott Sears, hosted by Say Yes to Education Cleveland

Sears was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio and is a 2017 graduate of The College of Wooster in Political Science and French Studies.  Since graduating, Scott has served two years with Teach For America, teaching 6th grade English and Social Studies in Wallace, North Carolina. As a fellow, Scott will work with various community partners to coordinate the rollout of Say Yes to Education Cleveland’s core student support services, including family support specialists, mental health and legal services, and after school and summer programming.  He will also monitor Cuyahoga Community College’s Say Yes Scholars Program and the Say Yes Scholarship Board.  

Portrait of Natalie ZielgerNatalie Zielger, hosted by Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL)

Ziegler, originally from Northeast Ohio, is a 2018 graduate of the University of Rochester with degrees in Anthropology and Comparative Literature. She has spent the last year serving in Rochester, New York as an AmeriCorps VISTA member working on program development to support refugee students in the Office of Adult and Career Education Services within the Rochester City School District. In Cleveland, she will work within the CCPL System to build out data analysis, support community engagement, and assist with strategic planning processes.

Meet the 2018-19 Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellows here

In 2018-19, host agencies included the City of Cleveland – Mayor’s Office of Communications, Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland Public Library, Cuyahoga County Council, Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry, Enterprise Community Partners, MetroHealth and Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.

Meet the 2017-18 Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellows here.

In 2017-18, host agencies included the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Cleveland Metroparks, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, and Cuyahoga County.

Meet the 2016-17 Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellows here

In 2016-17, host agencies included Cleveland City Council, the Cleveland Foundation, Cuyahoga County Office of Innovation and Performance, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA), MetroHealth, and the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA).



Fellowship host sites

Each Fellow will be matched with a public sector agency with a supportive corporate culture and a commitment to providing opportunities to develop leadership and innovation. In addition to potential placements within local government, selected public service agencies may also include those which provide a range of public goods and services, such as education, healthcare, housing, transportation and water. 2020-21 host sites will be listed once selection is finalized.

Cleveland Foundation’s Commitment to Diversity

The Cleveland Foundation exists to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Greater Cleveland.  The ability to carry out our mission and to foster a commitment to excellence can best be pursued if our workforce, grantees, donors, partners and governing body include individuals of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and perspectives.

The foundation, in partnership with its host sites, is committed to ensuring diversity and inclusion across all of Cleveland’s public sector agencies by using this fellowship as a catalyst for developing a pipeline of future leaders for Northeast Ohio.