Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program

Mission and Vision


The mission of the Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program is to inspire and activate generations of civic and community leaders across sectors, issue areas, and lived experiences. Our lifelong Fellows are citizens of the world who uplift equitable systems and create a more just world through connection and action, continuing the work of Eli and Phyllis Segal.


The Segal Program fosters emerging leaders to engage in a lifetime of citizen service and serves as a platform to promote citizen leadership, elevating citizen leadership and service as crucial to the health and well-being of our democracy. The Program is a constantly expanding, intergenerational constellation of citizen leaders working across all sectors, who give each other lifelong support as they devise solutions to society’s most intractable problems.

Program Facts:

  • The Segal Network includes Program Founders, organizational partners, and 163 lifelong Segal Fellows, who range in age from their 20s to their 40s and are having an impact across the country in a variety of sectors.
  • The social impact work of the Fellows and other Network members address a wide array of issue areas including education, entrepreneurship, environmental justice, immigration, gender and LGBTQ rights, health racial justice, youth development, and labor.
  • Each year Fellows join the lifelong Program through Brandeis or as national service alumni from across the country.