Pro Bono Fellowships

The Taproot Foundation Pro Bono Fellowship program nurtures the sector by growing the talent that serves it. For six to nine months, fellows work alongside Taproot staff in our five cities to build the pro bono marketplace and drive social innovation.

Fellowships in each city follow different models; for example, in New York, we partner with Parsons the New School for Design and the Robert F. Wagner School for Public Service to create fellowship opportunities.

To find out more about fellowship opportunities, contact the Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco Bay Area, or Washington, DC office.

Some of Our Past Fellows

Chicago Fellow

So Young Park

Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago

So's role at Taproot is to assist in research for marketing of the new Powered by Pro Bono program and Taproot's national fundraising plan. 

She was drawn to Taproot by our clear vision and goals for a better society and appreciate the innovative, liberal way of thought and operation.

New York Fellow

Michelle Kirby

Parsons The New School for Design – Design & Technology

Michelle is a Design Jedi, using the force to create beautiful and implementable designs for Taproot including much of this website.  She joined Taproot to use her design chops, work with inspiring, high energy people, and be a part of the pro bono movement.

Her favorite thing about our culture is the playfulness.

Bay Area Fellow

Nike Start

University of San Francisco

Nike applies his talents in data analysis and impact evaluation to support our programs and further analyze their impact in the Bay Area. He joined the team inspired to be part of creating a crucial link between non-profits and business professionals. 

As a fellow, Nike has been impressed by the fact that everyone at Taproot is so passionate about their job and is always willing to lend a helping hand.

LA Fellow

Julio Martinez Vera

USC School of Social Work/ USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

Julio supports the Los Angeles program team on research projects, case studies, and nonprofit outreach. He joined Taproot to learn more about the nonprofit sector and help make a difference in the community.

Julio's favorite thing about our culture is the energy and enthusiasm that exudes from each and every root.

New York Fellow

Ariela Rosenberg-Brafman

Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University

Ariela served as Taproot’s Product Development Fellow in 2011-2012 during which she developed programs for two of our newest Service Grants. What drew Ariela to Taproot? the innovative culture, the smart and passionate employees, and the opportunity to put best practices in product development to work.

Ariela continues to Make It Matter as a Taproot Associate Consultant. She attributes her success in getting to where she is today to the skills she developed in her Fellowship position.

New York Fellow

Diana Fischer

Community Development & Applied Economics, University of Vermont

Diana served as our Program Development Fellow in 2009 and used her amazing research capabilities to develop thought leadership pieces to support the pro bono movement. Diana’s passion for our mission reeled her on to the Taproot team where she explored her personal interest in engaging the corporate sector in pro bono.

After her Fellowship, Diana joined the Gap Foundation staff in San Francisco as Associate Manager of Employee Engagement. Taproot helped her get where she is today by teaching her two lessons: 1) Don’t be afraid; 2) Anticipate future trends and make them happen today.

Bay Area Fellow

Ryan Cohen

International & Area Studies Academic Program, University of California - Berkeley

Ryan served as our Product Development Fellow in 2010 and was charged with researching and developing training and mentoring tools to support our pro bono consultants and nonprofit clients. Why Taproot? Ryan was drawn to Taproot to be at the heart of the intersection between nonprofits, corporations and foundations.

Ryan went on to become a policy analyst on Mayor Villaraigosa’s Education Team. She credits her ability to interact well with the Mayor and other executives to the empowerment and confidence she developed at Taproot.