Coro Southern California is now accepting proposals from organizations who wish to take on the exceptional services of our Coro Fellows. Every spring our Fellows engage in two 4-week project periods where they execute large projects and deliver comprehensive results for your organization.

Projects are customizable and can cover one or both project periods and include one or multiple Fellows.

Over the last several decades, Coro Fellows have successfully completed more than 400 group and individual projects for a range of public, private and non-profit organizations.


Project Period #1

March 23 – April 17, 2020

Project Period #2

April 20 – May 15, 2020


One of the highest-rated such programs in the country, the Coro Fellows Program is a nine-month, full-time fellowship that prepares young professionals for effective leadership across sectors. Unconventional by traditional academic standards, the Coro Fellows Program is rigorous and demanding. Coro combines its unique curriculum of systems analysis, fact-finding, project management, communication, and teamwork skills building with real-world experiences that rely on the city as the classroom. Fellows bring a fresh look, high work caliber and quick turn-around times to their project sites, leaving the hosting organizations better than they found them.


Coro and the Fellow(s) will work with the host organization to determine a scope of work, and the project will be overseen by a project manager assigned by the host organization. The Fellows will report directly to the project manager. Coro staff will also be in frequent communication with the project manager to ensure expectations are met. During the project period, Fellows are available to work full- time Tuesday – Friday and weekends as necessary.


Coro asks all organizations to sponsor the project period with a financial contribution to Coro, which helps underwrite the cost of the Fellows Program training. Generally, the donation for individual projects is $7,000 per Fellow. Group project donations range from $25,000 to $50,000, depending on the scope of work and number of Fellows assigned. The project funding can come from more than one organization.

If you’re interested in applying for a 2020 project,
or for more information, contact Jenny Vazquez-Newsum at


“The Coro Fellows brought a fresh perspective to our work. They were active learners in a new field and enthusiastically dove into their project. We have no doubt that these young leaders will continue to have an outsized positive impact in their future endeavors.”

Kyle Miller, Senior Program Director
Teacher Development & Evaluation, ECMC Foundation


Four Fellows conducted market research and submitted recommendations to Metro on how to incentivize and accommodate the integration of Personal Electric Transporters (PETs) such as e-bikes, scooters, skateboards, and hoverboards as potential first-last mile solution in their current transportation system.

One Fellow created a strategic plan for a threefold citywide wellness program through the Los Angeles City Personnel Department, Employee Benefits Division.  The plan included messaging, design and outreach campaign, program incentives, core philosophy, and defined success through performance metrics and benchmarking goals.


One Fellow drafted a strategic plan to generate revenue from the energy corridor to fund the High Desert Corridor and established coordination for public-private partnerships between Metro, labor union pension funds, and solar businesses.

Two Fellows researched public perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors towards cyclists on LA streets and designed a marketing campaign to address those challenges for LADOT.

Three Fellows created a social media content strategy for MWD’s Be Water Wise Campaign, produced business profiles on water conservation, and conducted surveys and a focus group to understand Millennials’ attitudes and behaviors toward water use.

Five Fellows assisted in the reinvention of Yellow Cab along five key areas: branding, app development, rider experience, marketing & PR, and business development to earn back riders and expand its service for long-term growth.

All twelve Fellows interviewed community-based organizations to determine best practices for increasing resident engagement and developed an interactive community asset map.

One Fellow crafted a communications plan to support the rebranding of the Office of the LA County Assessor. The plan included an assessment of current education and outreach materials, customer service programs, press kits, and marketing strategies with an effort to provide transparency and amplify services to the public.

One Fellow assisted in the planning, advertising, recruitment of participants, and execution of the 7th annual Spring Green Expo, which is a public event aimed at educating its attendees through a student project competition, professional table exhibits, and seminars on sustainability.

One Fellow worked closely with the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority’s (MRCA) Chief Counsel, Executive Director, and Director of Development in researching and drafting memos regarding a proposed development project which, if successful, would provide a long-term funding source for the MRCA’s operating costs for its parks and open space.

One Fellow designed and implemented a voter registration initiative for the Korean American community with the goal of registering an additional 10,000 Korean American voters.



Fellows can synthesize complex information quickly.


Fellows have first-hand experience in multiple sectors, which equips them with context and relationships with key decision makers.


Fellows are experts at designing and completing targeted projects in a timely manner.


Fellows are able to provide fresh outlooks and perspectives on longstanding problems.


Fellows are trained to seek a broad base of information before reaching conclusions, with a heavy emphasis on conducting personal interviews and collecting detailed data.


Fellows are motivated and will work demanding hours.


Fellows will bring the rigor and tools of Coro’s training in critical thinking to bear on complicated problems.


Fellows have high-production value in developing final reports, as well as communication and marketing pieces.


“What I learned in Coro is key to my ability to manage special projects for the Executive Director and also lead change management initiatives at the Port Authority.”

– Midori Valdivia, FPPA NY ’06


Lacey M. Johnson

Lacey M. Johnson

Created comprehensive strategic plans for the Empowerment Congress’ Environmental Committee and the Second District’s Environmental Service Center that sought to revitalize community engagement through advocacy and programming.

“It’s amazing how much you can succeed when you experiment and take risks. My project experience gave me the confidence to incorporate these strategies into my daily life and have added significant value to the work that I produce.”

Akhil Rao

Akhil Rao

Conducted a cost-effectiveness study of the UCLA Breathmobile, a mobile asthma clinic funded by the Port of Long Beach targeting underserved youth in Long Beach.

“This experience showed me how much work goes into studying the data prior to a research study, and how difficult it can be to draw meaningful inferences. It underscored the importance of having high-quality public datasets about environmental risk factors to identify vulnerable populations.”

Marya Bangee

Marya Bangee

Conducted a strategic planning and capacity-building project for Islah LA, a community center in South LA

“Doing hands-on strategic planning with a start-up nonprofit was a rich learning experience. I learned the importance of creating sustainable infrastructure, building staff capacity, fiscal management, and balancing the needs of fundraising and programming. Nonprofits are a labor of love and you have to pair your big heart with a hard nose for business.”


Jenny Vazquez-Newsum,
VP of Leadership Programs and Training
(213) 267-6556