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Fellowship


The RSA US functions as a distributed think/do tank in large part due to the actions of our 1,000 Fellows who lead work across the country on important elements of social change. We are proudly set up on open organizational principles that seek to maximize opportunities for our Fellows to self-organize and define the core activities of the RSA US. 

REGIONAL HUBS

RSA US regional hubs are place-based centers of activity where Fellows get together in-person for meet-ups, learning and sharing opportunities, to forge partnerships, and disseminate resources and information. Current RSA US regional hubs include BostonChicagoNew York CityPhiladelphiaSan Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Each regional hub is supported by an Ambassador, who is an RSA US Fellow that has taken on a community organizer role in their local area. Meet the current Ambassadors and the regions they help run below, and feel free to get in touch with them directly.

REGIONAL AMBASSADORS

Melissa Barker FRSA

Melissa Barker FRSA

San Francisco, California

 

 

Melissa M. Barker is the Founder & CEO of The Phoenix Project, a social impact startup focused on healing and empowering survivors of gendered violence and assault.

As the San Francisco Ambassador, she is eager to bridge tech and social good in the areas of trauma healing and transformative care.

Aisha Fukushima FRSA

Aisha Fukushima FRSA

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

 

Aisha Fukuskima is a singer, speaker, educator, and founder of RAPtivism (Rap Activism), a hip hop project spanning 20 countries, amplifying universal efforts for freedom and justice. Fukushima is excited to explore questions of how to build more just, vibrant and sustainable cities for the future as RSA's Philadelphia Ambassador.

Hosan Lee FRSA

Hosan Lee FRSA

Washington, D.C.

 

 

Hosan Lee works at the intersection of social innovation, technology, and experience design. Her latest project is focused on building an action-oriented think tank bridging global networks of academics, researchers, and journalists with designers, technologists, and community leaders who are passionate about finding new solutions to today’s shifting political realities. 

She serves on the Global Fellowship Council and is the Founding Chair of the U.S. Fellowship Council for the RSA, a UK-based global network of 30,000 social changemakers. She also serves on the Tech Advisory Board of Atlas Corp, a global leadership development program for some of the world’s most promising social change professionals. Read more at https://hosanlee.com.

Anastasia Ostrowski FRSA

Anastasia Ostrowski FRSA

Boston, Massachusetts

 

 

Anastasia K. Ostrowski is a design researcher, empowering under-represented populations in technology development, such as older adults, to design social robots and advocating for more human-centered, mixed-method approaches in technology design. As a Boston Ambassador, she is eager to create more participatory experiences for fellows to learn from one another, gain feedback, and implement change in their local communities.

Nate Wong FRSA

Nate Wong FRSA

Washington, D.C.

 

 

Nate Wong is the Managing Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, housed at Georgetown University, where he helps manage the experiential hub that serves both as a training ground for students and an incubator for leading-edge, scalable social impact ideas. As a RSA US Fellow, Nate serves as an Ambassador for Washington, D.C., where he is piloting models for inclusive community development and restoring feedback loops between residents and institutions that are intended to serve them.

Fellows-Led Thematic Networks

US Fellows-led thematic networks are online communication networks that form around one particular theme or topic of interest. Thematic networks explore, devise, test or pioneer ideas which have the potential to become a powerful source of social change. Each network self-organizes to share resources, promote dialogue, and collaborate across silos, regions, and sectors.

 

 

CURRENT NETWORKS:

Zoë Camper FRSA

Zoë Camper FRSA

Co-Lead

 

Jonathan Tavss FRSA

Jonathan Tavss FRSA

Co-Lead

 

  

Chris Forman PhD FRSA

Chris Forman PhD FRSA

Network Lead

 

   

To see all RSA Thematic Networks, click here. If you would like to start a Thematic Network through the RSA US, get in touch with Diggs, RSA US Community and Partnerships Lead, at robert.diggs@thersa.org.


 

MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

The RSA US Mentorship Program is a match-making mechanism that connects Fellows with particular needs with Fellows who can help them meet those needs. This program is built to connect Fellows in a deep and substantive way, and promotes the sharing of the knowledge, skills, connections, and experiences that Fellows possess. It runs twice a year; one cycle in the spring, and one cycle in the fall.

 

Mentee
A Fellow who has specific requests, needs, or advice they are looking to fill through a relationship with another RSA Fellow. To sign up to participate in this program as a mentee, email emily.chiappinelli@thersa.org.

 

Mentor
A Fellow who has specific advice, skills, or experience that they would like to offer to directly serve the needs of another RSA Fellow. To list yourself as a Mentor, please fill out your information in this spreadsheet.


 

Step 1: Complete and submit application

You will be asked to answer a few short questions and sign a declaration adhering to our Fellowship Charter and bylaws. If you have any questions about answering the questions don't hesitate to get in touch

Step 2: References

We require applicants to submit details of two people who will be contacted once you have submitted your application to provide a character reference. Your references do not necessarily have to be Fellows of the RSA, but they should be able to corroborate your commitment to social change.

Step 3: Admissions Panel 

Your application will be reviewed by the Admissions Panel which consists of three Fellows chosen by the Trustee Board to oversee applications to the Fellowship. Depending on the number of applications at the time, a decision will be communicated within 10 working days upon receipt of your application.