About Us

The Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program was established at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in 2007 to honor and extend the work of the late Eli Segal ’64, his wife Phyllis, and their commitment to developing new generations of leaders. Eli is best known for his leadership developing AmeriCorps and Welfare-to-Work initiatives in the Clinton Administration and for his talent for inspiring young people. The Program commemorates this legacy, advances the Segals’ passion for citizen engagement, and continues their commitment to developing new generations of citizen leaders. Based at the Center for Youth and Communities at the Heller School, the Program benefits from the research staff and faculty’s expertise in leadership development, service learning, evaluation, and capacity building.

The Segal Program supports and encourages emerging leaders to engage in a lifetime of citizen service and serves as a platform to promote citizen leadership. 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. With the help of over 600 partners, 120 Segal Fellows are making an impact in 24 states and 3 countries.

Photo of December Segal Fellow Orientation Gathering with Segal Program Staff, new incoming Fellows and veteran Fellows