Reproductive Health, Rights, & Justice Fellowship

In an ever-shifting political landscape and growing community need, the reproductive health, rights, and justice movement needs leaders that can ignite passion, and lift the voices of those that are often isolated or left out of the health care system entirely.

We need movement leaders who are ready to partner with each other and build solid relationships that will turn the tide against policies threatening to take away one’s agency to control their sexual and reproductive lives.

Rockwood is proud to partner with the Funders for Reproductive Equity to offer a fellowship program to support leaders in the reproductive health, rights, and justice movement.

About The Fellowship

"The Rockwood Art of Leadership Training provided the tools to build a leadership practice that uplifts my strengths, recognizes my humanity, and encourages me to be the most authentic self in the life I live and the work I do. Thank you!"

Tannia Esparza2016 Fellow

"I needed this training like I need air and water. The training was the intervention I didn’t know I needed, and I am so thankful for the resources provided to help me."

Cherisse Scott2016 Fellow

"To be able to dig deep into my personal motivations for doing this work ... was nothing short of a perfect gift."

Sabrina Andrus2016 Fellow

Session 1: Art of Leadership

To launch the program, fellows will attend Rockwood’s Art of Leadership in smaller sub-cohorts. For this five-day training, the sub-cohorts will be joined by participants who have applied to the training separately from the fellowship, including activists, organizers, program directors, and other nonprofit leaders working in environmental organizations, labor unions, community groups, and many other diverse sectors.

Applicants will be asked to state their first, second, and third choice among the following Art of Leadership dates:

  • February 12-16, 2018, Sonoma, CA
  • February 26 – March 2, 2018, Sonoma, CA
  • March 4-8, 2018, Sonoma, CA
  • March 5-9, 2018, Briarcliff Manor, NY
  • April 22-26, 2018, Sonoma, CA
  • April 23-27, 2018, Briarcliff Manor, NY

If selected, the fellow will be enrolled in an Art of Leadership based on their expressed preference.

Session 2: June 4-7, 2018 – Edith Macy Conference Center, Briarcliff Manor, NY

The second fellowship retreat builds off the tools and experience of the Art of Leadership, and fosters more opportunities for field dialogue. It is designed for leaders to enhance their skills in areas of both leadership and collaboration, including an examination of power (personal, positional and institutional), strategy and performance, and personal and organizational sustainability.

Session 3: Oct. 22-25, 2018– Chaminade Resort, Santa Cruz, CA

The final fellowship retreat is designed based on the feedback of the fellows to continue to foster movement building and deepen their transformational leadership practice.

NOTE: Attendance to all 3 residential retreats is required for participation in the Fellowship. 


Maria Ramos-Chertok

Maria is a consultant, trainer, writer and mediator. Her areas of expertise include conflict resolution, team building, managing change and cultural competency. She earned her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley.

Rajasvini Bhansali

Rajasvini is the Executive Director of Thousand Currents, formerly known as International Development Exchange (IDEX), a San Francisco based international grantmaking and solidarity organization that partners with grassroots groups and social movements in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In a wide ranging career devoted to social and economic justice, she has led a national social enterprise, managed a public telecommunications and infrastructure fund addressing digital divide issues and worked as a researcher, planner, policy analyst, and a management and strategy consultant. Rajasvini also worked alongside community leaders as a management capacity builder for youth polytechnics in rural Kenya for over two years. She has been involved in community organizing and volunteer board roles for the last two decades.

Additional Program Offerings

Professional and Peer Coaching

Coaching is both an important leadership skill, and a resource for social change leaders. During the Fellowship, leaders will be partnered with two other Fellows to engage in a peer coaching relationship over the course of the program. Fellows will also receive two hours of professional coaching.

Leadership Practices and Additional Leadership Resources

To reinforce the tools of the fellowship program, Rockwood provides leadership practice assignments and course materials about leadership, partnership, and organizations.


With the support of the Compton Foundation, Ford Foundation, Foundation for a Just Society, General Service Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Irving Harris Foundation, The Overbrook Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and an anonymous donor, Rockwood will cover the majority of fees, plus room and board costs. The program has an estimated value of $15,000 per Fellow. Participants are asked to contribute a nominal fee based on the following organizational budget sliding scale:

Organizational Budget Fellowship Participation Fee
 $2,000,000 or up  $400
$1,000,000 to $1,999,999  $300
 $500,000 or to $999,999  $200
 $499,999 and under  $100