RISE is not your typical nonprofit leadership organization which prepares and networks professionals for traditional leadership roles in government, business, or for elected or appointed office. RISE San Diego’s unique goal and commitment is to help identify and empower a generation of leaders who will not only bring our urban communities up, but who will also bring them together.

In collaboration with the Leadership Institute at the University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES), RISE has created a program to identify and nurture rising leaders ready to engage in meaningful community change work. The RISE Urban Leadership Fellows Program builds in fellows the confidence and suppleness that comes from self and structural awareness in conjunction with technical skills.

Our leadership development model pushes fellows to clarify values, face hard realities, and seize new possibilities, however frightening they may be. This approach involves examining in an unflinching way the issues for which no easy answers can be found. Through deep reflection to discover untapped strengths, skills development to make informed community diagnoses and sharp challenges to self-defeating patterns that rob effectiveness, RISE Urban Leadership Fellows are equipped to take effective and sustainable action to transform San Diego’s communities.

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The application period for the 2021-22 RISE Urban Leadership Fellows Program opens June 1, 2021. To receive updates please sign up for our Leadership Development mailing list.


Meet our RISE Urban Leadership Fellows, faculty, and growing family of program alumni: