Selected for their leadership potential, organizational impact, and commitment to collaboration across the greater Boston area, the fellows will participate in a two-year program designed to give them opportunities for personal and professional rejuvenation, strengthen leadership teams in their organizations, and build a stronger network of civic leaders in the region. After participating in a ten-day group learning journey abroad, the fellows will take a three-month sabbatical during which they disengage completely from their organizations. Throughout the program, fellows will learn from their peers' experiences, viewpoints, and approaches to problem solving and will have access to executive coaches who support their personal and professional development.
In addition, each fellow's organization will receive up to $125,000 to invest in leadership, organizational development, and exploratory projects, as well as access to coaching and learning retreats for interim leaders or leadership teams.
This year's Barr Fellows are Eve Bridburg, founder and executive director of GrubStreet; Thabiti Brown, head of Codman Academy Charter Public School; Yolanda Coentro, president and CEO of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice; Mark Culliton, founder and CEO of College Bound Dorchester; Jen Faigel, executive director, CommonWealth Kitchen; Nigel Jacob, co-founder and co-chair of the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston; Emily Reichert, CEO of Greentown Labs; Jerry Rubin, president and CEO of Jewish Vocational Service, Inc.; Anita Sharma, executive director of the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project; Natalícia Tracy, executive director of the Brazilian Worker Center; Father John Unni, pastor of Saint Cecilia Parish; and Shannah Varón, executive director of Boston Collegiate Charter School.
Launched in 2005, the program has supported sixty-eight fellows to date (not including the 2019 cohort). Alumni of the program join the Barr Fellowship Network, a forum through which leaders continue to learn from one another, deepen relationships, and create collaborations that benefit the city as well as their organizations.