Rita Allen Foundation Social Impact Fellowship

Fellowship Description

This new Social Impact Fellowship seeks to address questions and challenges in civic science. The Social Impact Fellow will engage meaningfully with Rita Allen Foundation leadership team as well as members of the Civic Science Fellowship network. The Fellowship would conclude with the delivery of a report and presentation to share insights and opportunities to connect networks and knowledge across the landscape of civic science innovation through the creation of the career roadmap.

This will be a hybrid position with the opportunity for office space available at the Rita Allen Foundation, located within walking distance from Princeton University. The Fellow will collaborate with Hallie Thompson, project lead for the CSF Roadmap project, and meet regularly with Elizabeth Christopherson, President and CEO, along with the Civic Science program team. Eliza Fisher will be the central project liaison in her Collaboration and Project Management role at the Rita Allen Foundation.

Your Host

Rita Allen Foundation logo

Rita Allen Foundation invests in transformative ideas in their earliest stages to leverage their growth and promote breakthrough solutions to significant problems. It enables early-career biomedical scholars to do pioneering research, seeds innovative approaches to fostering informed civic engagement, and develops knowledge and networks to build the effectiveness of the philanthropic sector. Throughout its work, the Foundation embraces collaboration, creativity, learning, and leadership. 

SIF Mentor

Elizabeth Christopherson
President and CEO, Rita Allen Foundation

Elizabeth Christopherson is President and CEO of the Rita Allen Foundation, an organization that invests in transformative ideas in their earliest stages to leverage their growth and promote breakthrough solutions to significant problems. Elizabeth is guiding the Foundation through a period of rapid expansion fostering new partnerships, practices, and knowledge to enable inclusive democratic engagement with science and our shared civic life. Before joining Rita Allen in 2009, Elizabeth was the first female Executive Director of New Jersey’s public broadcasting network (NJN).

Current & Former SIF Fellows & Mentors

Jonathan Aguirre, GS, SPO
Vice President, User Experience Research Lead, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Participant, American Higher Ed & Ethics of AI Learning Cohorts & Professional Development Working Group Member
Clio Hall Award Recipient
Karina Alexanyan
Director of Strategy, All Tech is Human
Social Impact Fellowship Mentor
Genevieve Allotey-Pappoe, GS, MUS
University Administrative Fellow
Social Impact Fellow
Scott Alpizar
Director of Venture Commercialization, Foundation Venture Capital Group
Social Impact Fellowship Mentor
Megan Armknecht, GS, HIS
Summer Intern, Bureau of Bureau of Public Affairs/ Office of the Historian in Washington D.C
Pierre Azou, GS, FIT
Social Impact Fellow
Yuzhou Bai *23, EAS
Professional Development Associate 2019-21
Social Impact Fellow
Clio Hall Award Recipient
Rebecca Bengoechea
Senior International Rights Manager, Princeton University Press
Social Impact Fellowship Mentor