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2024-2025 Berkeley Board Fellows

Apply Here to host 2024-2025 Berkeley Board Fellows. A select group of 35 organizations will join us for next year’s program. The application deadline is July 31st, 2024. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to [email protected]

Program Overview

The Berkeley Board Fellow program is creating the next generation of board leaders, having provided fresh thinking to hundreds of local, community-based organizations for the past 20 years. The program offers Berkeley MBAs the experience of immersing themselves in social impact as they serve on a nonprofit board.

Students serve in pairs as non-voting board members for a seven-month period (October through April) gaining experience in governance and leadership and contributing their skills and perspectives to select nonprofit organizations. Spending 8-10 hours per month, they attend board meetings, serve on committees or task forces, complete a strategic project for the board, and receive mentorship from a designated board mentor and Haas experts.

The Partnership

Students Gain
Organizations Gain
  • A seven-month role as a board fellow of a nonprofit organization
  • An understanding of how boards work
  • Exposure to strategic discussions
  • An opportunity to contribute to a social organization
  • A mentor who is a leader in their community
  • Fresh ideas and perspectives
  • The latest research information about best practices for board excellence and business management
  • A product from two board fellows
  • An opportunity to mentor the next generation of board leaders

Program Timeline

Interest & Applications

Student Info Session – End of August

Nonprofit Application Deadline – July 31st, 2024

Student Applications Deadline – Due mid-September

Student & Nonprofit Notification – End of September

Career Conversations

Program Deadlines & Events

Tuesday, October 8th, 2024 – Berkeley Board Fellows Kickoff

October 31st, 2024 – Project Scopes Due

November  – Cohort Workshop

January  – Nonprofit Midpoint check-in

April  – Program Finale

Matching Process

End of September – Matching Process Complete

Once Fellows are selected, CSSL conducts a matching process with nonprofits that align best with their industry experience and personal interests.

Past Client and Fellow Testimonials

David Riemer

David Riemer

Board Member, Destiny Arts Center

Destiny Arts Center has enjoyed working with the Berkeley Board Fellows for over a dozen years. The Fellows have tackled numerous strategic projects, stepped in to help us evaluate our business model in times of crisis, and generated new ideas to expand our thinking. One Fellow even “graduated” onto our board and became Treasurer. The program is well-run and is a tremendous way to introduce young leaders to new ways to make a difference in the world.

Zuren Hsueh

Zuren Hsueh

MBA Class of 2021

BBF (Berkeley Board Fellows) was an incredible opportunity to sit on a nonprofit board and see how decisions are made at a high level. It was fascinating to be in the room where the board responded to major events, whether it was key personnel changes or the early stages of COVID-19. In addition, we were able to become more integrated with our local community and drive a strategic and impactful project.

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