Fellowship Program

The John T. Gorman Fellowship program is designed to build the individual and collective capacity of Maine leaders to drive measurable outcomes for children and their families.

The John T. Gorman Foundation envisions a future where all children in Maine are resilient and ready to succeed. An important strategy for achieving this vision is the John T. Gorman Fellowship. Through a yearlong program of leadership development, coaching, and peer support, the Fellowship strengthens the ability of leaders to impact systems change at a policy and practice level.

First launched in 2015, the Fellowship uses a cohort-based model to create a supportive, creative, and focused space where results-based leaders think, innovate, and take action together. Four cohorts – totaling 42 leaders from the nonprofit, advocacy, and government sectors – have completed the Fellowship so far, with a fifth cohort to start in 2024. Using whole-family strategies, Cohort 5 Fellows will work together to make a measurable contribution to a shared population-level result: “All Maine children are resilient and ready to succeed.”

The Foundation is accepting applications for Cohort 5 of the John T. Gorman Fellowship until Friday, May 17. Go here for more information and to apply.

*Please note: Fellows are identified below with the titles and organizations with which they were affiliated at the time of their participation in the Fellowship. Where applicable, new roles have been included on their personal bio pages.

Meet Our 2022 Fellows

Past fellows

Fellowship Results

Fellows will make a measurable difference in the lives of Maine children and their families. By the end of the program, the Foundation expects that all Fellows will show development in three key areas:


  • Demonstrate an increased ability to hold complexity and navigate uncertainty with resilience as a leader
  • Understand, utilize, and advance whole family principles and practices in their work with others


  • Hold self and others accountable for impact
  • Leverage aligned contributions from partners and stakeholders across sectors to drive results
  • Experiment and innovate to shift patterns, practices, and policies on behalf of Maine children and their families


  • Build resilient relationships and engage others with consent, trust, reciprocity, humility, and accountability
  • Hold lived experience, inquiry, listening, and learning in their leadership stance and put the interests of children and their families at the center of the work
  • Authentically inspire, support, and engage others to drive measurable progress for Maine children and families

John T. Gorman Fellowship News

2022 Fellowship Summer Update

The latest John T. Gorman Fellows are in the homestretch of the Fellowship’s intensive seminars. They have set long-term goals for their work, developed strategies to accomplish them, and have identified indicators they will use to mark their progress in the months and years ahead. Several Fellows have offered their reflections on the impacts the Fellowship has already had on their work and organizations.

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