Oakland, CA
April 5, 2024

The Greenlining Institute: Economic Equity Banking & Small Business Fellow

The Greenlining Institute’s Leadership Academy Fellowship is an 11-month training and experiential learning program for early career leaders seeking to gain hands-on public policy experience and invest in their personal and professional growth. Fellows are integrated into one of Greenlining's policy teams to develop, plan, and implement the organization's policy and advocacy efforts while they simultaneously work with the Leadership Academy to focus on the skills to support their personal growth and deepen their leadership perspective.  We're looking for individuals who have a strong commitment to racial equity and social justice for communities of color and can demonstrate a sincere interest in building themselves into true race equity leaders. Our offices are based in Oakland, CA and participants will be expected to attend in-person throughout the program.  

Fellowship Program Dates: September 9, 2024 - August 8, 2025




The Economic Equity Fellow will research emerging policies and programs that increase the accessibility of capital through safe lending products for BIPOC-owned small businesses.

The Fellow will work with the Small Business and Banking teams to analyze the availability of small business lending products that meet the capital needs of BIPOC entrepreneurs and small businesses as well as barriers that exist to providing safe, low-cost lending options for these businesses. The Fellow will work across teams to engage key stakeholders and financial institutions to better understand how to improve the eligibility of these products and services to enhance access to lending in communities of color. The Fellow will also support research and development of state policies that promote safe lending products and protect against predatory lending to support entrepreneurship and small business ownership as a means for growing wealth in BIPOC communities.


Public Policy Development & Advocacy
  • Deepens and applies race equity lens to analyze and develop policy solutions that remove barriers for historically redlined communities
  • Leads a substantive public policy assignment (research project, report development, landscape analysis, stakeholder relationship management, coalition management, etc.) to advance the team’s advocacy objectives for the year
  • Develops, drafts, and publishes public policy writings including but not limited to policy memos, policy reports, research project, data collection, policy briefs, business memos, public comments, blog posts
  • Delivers oral presentations for internal and external forums including Greenlining’s annual lobby day with Sacramento legislators/staffers, stakeholder convenings, Leadership Academy graduation
  • Facilitates meetings with community, government, and business leaders to drive our advocacy forward
Leadership Development
  • Participates in all leadership development workshops to learn and apply a holistic (mind, body, spirit) and equitable approach to leadership
  • Learns unique leadership style, values, vision and purpose through self-reflection exercises, goal-setting activities and 1:1 coaching
  • Brings lived experience to cohort and organizational conversations to offer innovative ideas and diversity of perspective
  • Provides support to cohort members and engages in team-building activities to form strong working partnerships
  • Seeks mentorship from Greenlining and Academy staff and provide mentorship to undergraduate students in the Academy’s Casa Joaquin program
Professional Development
  • Participates in all skills-based workshops to learn Greenlining’s approach to race equity public policy advocacy
  • Learns key public policy advocacy tactics to support work plan objectives
  • Engages with Leadership Academy alumni to expand professional network
  • Mentors a Summer Associate during their 10-week internship designing their work plan and coordinates weekly check-in meetings to ensure they are successful in the program
  • Develops capstone presentation to share during Leadership Academy graduation
  • Establishes thought leadership in their respective public policy area through management of social media channels, publishing public policy blogs, playing a substantive role in Greenlining’s annual economic summit


  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • If earned BA, at least 1 year of related experience required (cumulative OK).  If no BA degree, at least 2 years of related cumulative experience required (including college internships)
  • Committed to champion racial equity and uplift communities of color
  • Able to participate in person
  • Proven ability to work in a manner that respects differences in race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance
  • Willingness to approaches unfamiliar experiences with a growth mindset to push beyond their comfort zone with determination, heart, and deep commitment to their personal and professional journey
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills to complete writing and public speaking assignments
  • Team player who inspires collaboration, uplifts the work of others, and maintains balance and perspective with patience and a sense of humor
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively while demonstrating flexibility with others to set goals, resolve problems, pivot assignments, and make decisions that move the work forward
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, strong organizational skills, and an ability to work independently
  • Strong writing and computer literacy of PC-based Google Drive and MS Office Programs    
  • Applicants must be able to provide documentation confirming authorization to work in the United States. The organization does not provide visa sponsorship.
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