SF Fellows 2017

Fiscal Year 2017-2018 San Francisco Fellows

Front - left to right: Ryan McCauley, Public Utilities Commission; Naomi Fierro, Dept. of Emergency Management; Catherine Alvarez-McCurdy, Municipal Transportation Agency; Michael Cox, Municipal Transportation Agency; Emily Vontsolos, Controller’s Office; Elia Kazemi, Port of San Francisco; Liliana Santos, San Francisco International Airport; Lucina Parada, San Francisco International Airport; Monica Casanova, Public Utilities Commission;

Back - left to right: Alice Duncan-Graves, Controller’s Office; Sarah Goldmuntz, Public Utilities Commission; Kristophe Green, San Francisco International Airport; Elaine Villorio, Mayor’s Office; Nealay Vasavda, Municipal Transportation Agency; Tara Sivaskandan, Public Works; Juan Palacio-Moreno, SF Public Library; Colin Kimzey, Dept. of Children, Youth and Their Families; Ariel Bolingbroke, Recreation and Parks Dept.

The mission of the San Francisco Fellows program is to foster community stewardship by preparing recent college graduates for leadership roles in public service.


The Fellows program is a unique opportunity to learn about local government while working full time as a City employee.


Competitively selected applicants will join a cohort of up to 18 Fellows for an 11.5 month full-time work experience as City employees. Fellows will earn an annualized salary of approximately $55,000, plus health, dental, retirement and other benefits.


We invite people who have had an undergraduate degree conferred within the past 5 years to apply for this highly selective program. Specific areas of study are not required. We are looking for enthusiastic, creative, hard-working individuals who are interested in working in the public sector in the City and County of San Francisco.


Fellows work on various programs and projects that have a direct impact on City operations which spans a broad range of City functions and departments, involving analysis, planning, and program development.


In addition to gaining valuable full-time professional work experience and skills such as leadership, communication, technical skills and other professional development, the cohort experience includes weekly learning sessions built into the Fellows' work schedule to provide a well-rounded, thorough introduction to San Francisco government operations, policies and strategies.


Fellows are paired with mentors, seasoned leaders in San Francisco government who support the Fellows and provide advice, guidance and networking opportunities for their professional development.


Fellows are placed in various departments throughout the City. This year’s cohort are in the following departments:


  • Office of the Mayor
  • San Francisco International Airport
  • Office of the Controller
  • San Francisco Public Library
  • Municipal Transportation Agency
  • Public Utilities Commission
  • Emergency Management
  • Public Works
  • Recreation & Park
  • Children, Youth & Their Families
  • Port of San Francisco