Barr Foundation Announces 2019 Class of Barr Fellows

July 7, 2019 — The Barr Foundation in Boston recently announced that 10 nonprofit leaders have been named to its 2019 Class of Barr Fellows, each of whom will participate in a two-year program that includes a group learning journey, a three-month sabbatical, and facilitated retreats, and up to $125,000 in support.

The Barr Foundation said the fellows were nominated and selected on the basis of their personal qualities, organizational impact, and commitment to collaboration to advance Greater Boston’s community and civic agendas.

Twelve fellows in total were announced as follows:
  • Eve Bridburg, founder and executive director, GrubStreet, Boston

  • Thabiti Brown, head of school, Codman Academy Charter Public School, Boston

  • Yolanda Coentro, president and CEO, Institute for Nonprofit Practice, Needham

  • Mark Culliton, founder and CEO, College Bound Dorchester, Boston

  • Jen Faigel, executive director, CommonWealth Kitchen, Boston

  • Nigel Jacob, co-founder and co-chair Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston

  • Emily Reichert, chief executive officer Greentown Labs, Somerville

  • Jerry Rubin, president and CEO, Jewish Vocational Service, Boston

  • Anita Sharma, executive director, Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project, Boston

  • Natalé­cia Tracy, executive director, Brazilian Worker Center, Boston

  • Father John Unni, pastor, Saint Cecilia Parish, Boston

  • Shannah Varón, executive director, Boston Collegiate Charter School, Boston
Fellows are nominated from the Greater Boston area and do not apply. This year’s process began in January, with confidential nominations invited from nearly 200 individuals, including members of past Barr Fellowship classes, foundation staff, and others who have strong knowledge of the diverse leaders working in Greater Boston.

After confirming the eligibility of nominees, those nominators were invited to review and provide input on eligible candidates. An eight-member selection committee, including three foundation trustees and five civic leaders, then determined finalists.

The award of up to $125,000 from the foundation will support the fellows’ participation in the program, leadership and organizational development, and exploration of new ideas, with exceptions as legally required for for-profit social enterprises and public agencies.