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Leadership in Advocacy Fellowship

Northwest Harvest’s Leadership in Advocacy (LIA) Fellowship program is for individuals with lived or professional experience to develop, implement, and advocate for food system efforts that promote restorative food systems, empowerment, food sovereignty, land and water stewardship, climate justice.

Northwest Harvest staff and mentors from our communities will mentor fellows to help build leadership skills to organize for change in fellows’ own communities, understand government and policy processes, and connect with employment opportunities and additional professional development endeavors around organizing. The cohort will be between 10-15 individuals from around Washington.
About Us

Northwest Harvest believes equitable access to nutritious food is a human right. As an anti-racist, anti-oppression food justice organization, Northwest Harvest works to ensure access to healthy food for those experiencing hunger in Washington, along with shifting public opinion and changing policies and practices that perpetuate hunger, poverty, and racism.

Learning Objectives

The Leadership in Advocacy Fellowship is for those who want to learn about and inspire others to:
  • build collective power
  • develop skills in advocacy
  • practice sharing your personal story to inspire change
  • work to shift public understanding of hunger and poverty away from personal responsibility to a vision of food as a human right
  • engage communities in learning about issues of hunger, poverty, and disparities resulting from racism, gender inequality, and other forms of discrimination
  • your understanding of how government and policy-making processes impact those experiencing hunger or poverty.


  • Passionate about working to effect change in your community.
  • Able to attend 3 months of weekly fellowship meetings online and continue to connect with your mentor/NWH staff for 12 months. See compensation policy below for assistance with attendance requirement.
  • Excited to work and learn with other fellows across the state.
  • Lived experience or demonstrated professional skills engaging a wide range of stakeholders, from BIPOC community stakeholders to internal partners, advocacy coalitions, high-level volunteers, donors, grass-roots service recipients, and funded agency staff in advocacy and systems change work.
  • Able to access the internet and a device with Zoom capability (if this is a barrier, please let us know – we may be able to help).
  • Willingness to learn from others, speak from your own experience, and maintain a safe environment for all fellows, speakers, mentors, and staff.


Northwest Harvest respects the time and commitment Fellows will put into this program, therefore:
  • Fellows will receive a stipend of $120 per month.
  • Fellows will receive a one-time technology stipend of $210.
  • Fellows will be encouraged to participate in 3 civic events within 12 months of the start of the fellowship. Fellows will receive $25 per event.
  • Fellows may have opportunities to engage in advocacy outside of the fellowship. For these opportunities, such as testifying on behalf of legislation, social media stories, etc., the rate of compensation is $60 per hour.