DWJ Leadership Fellowship Program

In 2015, BWOPA/TILE launched the Dezie Woods Jones (DWJ) Fellowship initiative creating space for young leaders to examine and build on BWOPA's core issues - Health, Education, Criminal Justice and Economic Security.   Learn more about the Current & Alumni Fellows here.

Annually, BWOPA/TILE welcomes applicants between the ages of 25-35 for a highly selective, 14-week program that prepares and develops emerging leaders to become subject matters experts, advocates and innovators of public policies that positively impact their communities.

The overall goal of the DWJ Public Policy Fellowship initiative is to develop capable BWOPA/TILE’s successors and culture-keepers that will champion a new body of policy work spotlighting BWOPA’s core issues – Criminal Justice Reform, Health, Economic Security and Education.  

With guidance from seasoned political and private industry leaders, this professional development initiative curriculum includes:

  • Lessons for skills development to craft policies relative to BWOPA’s core interest areas;
  • Participation in a series of educational and professional development training and seminars; 
  • Unique occasions to engage elected officials and influential leaders who work within the social and political arenas of BWOPA’s core issues;
  • Personal development of political and public service values;
  • Invaluable leadership experience by spearheading altruistic projects within California or beyond.


Meet the 2022 DWJ Public Policy Fellows!