Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program

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. The Program is based at The Institute for Economic and Racial Equity at the Heller School.

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, 155 lifelong Segal Fellows are making an impact in 24 states and 3 countries.

We view "citizen leadership" broadly, as taking leadership across the many hats one wears over a lifetime, across sectors, and across issue areas. (Applicants do not need to be US citizens to become a Segal Fellow.)

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