About Us

Mission Statement

National Urban Fellows develops accomplished and courageous professionals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds, particularly people of color and women, to be leaders and change agents in the public and non profit sectors, with a strong commitment to social justice and equity.

Alumni Testimonials

Over the past decade since my graduation, NUF has provided me with a lifelong network of classmates who have become friends and family in addition to the excellent education I received in public administration. …[it is].. a vital resource and vehicle to train and catapult women and individuals of color into decision-making positions in both the public and private sectors.

Deborah Mack
Deborah R. Mack, 2005, MD
Senior Policy Analyst, Office of Cybersecurity
U.S. House of Representatives

National Urban Fellows gave me a chance to do and be something different.  It offers advanced education, professional experience, and leadership development. Before NUF, I was afraid to take risks and challenge myself. After NUF, I no longer had an excuse to be afraid.  

Lilly Okamura
Lilly R. Okamura Rudolph, 2010, CA
Senior Program Manager
Rincon Consultants

The NUF experience is one that you can’t put a price tag on or sum up into words but it’s important to do both. It is important to spread the gospel that there are leaders needed in the public sector that reflect the communities in which they serve.

Brandon Ray
Brandon V. Ray, 2007, NY
Regional Director, External & Legislative Affairs

I came to NUF after working with nonprofits in Oakland and around the country, hoping to further my ability to develop resources to affect social change. NUF provided me the opportunity to experience philanthropy. Without NUF, I wouldn’t have been able to make this leap in my career. 

Manami Kano
Manami Kano, 2008, WA
Philanthropic Advisor

My Fellowship with the National Urban Fellows was pivotal for the remainder of my career and personal life. My desire was to lead and NUF mentored me into leadership. 

Karen I. Duckett, JD, RD, 1974, GA
Duckett Designs

The National Urban Fellows experience has been one of the most remarkable experiences I have gone through. By earning an MPA, NUF gave me the opportunity to work in some of the most important positions… I attribute everything I have done post NUF to this program.

George Siberon, 1986, NY
Executive Director
Hempstead Hispanic Civic Association