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Nowak Fellowship

Honoring Our Founder

The Nowak Fellowship is one of three initiatives Reinvestment Fund supports to honor the legacy and memory of its founding Executive Director, Jeremy Nowak.

About the Fellowship

The Nowak Fellowship, housed at Reinvestment Fund, was established to support a pre-graduate school fellow considering a future career aligned with community economic development.

This gap year Fellowship was created to honor the memory and contributions of Jeremy Nowak, the founding CEO of Philadelphia-based Reinvestment Fund (originally, Delaware Valley Community Reinvestment Fund; later, The Reinvestment Fund). The fellowship supports a 2023 or upcoming 2024 college graduate, contemplating graduate school, in an academic and career pursuit that gives honor to Jeremy’s interests and pursuits. The Fellowship will last two years, and will be targeted for a September 2024 start date.

We will interview a set of finalists before a final selection is made. The deadline for submissions is 5:00 p.m. EST, March 22, 2024. 

Make sure to read through and download the full description and application details before starting your application.

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Meet our 2020 and 2022 Fellows

Camille Desierto
Jeremy Nowak Fellow
Marci Monaco-Vavrik
Policy Analyst

One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned from working with Policy Solutions is the importance of humanizing data. Though most of our work is quantitative in nature, it is admirable to see how often our staff communicates with the client and local expertise to validate what we’re seeing in the data, and to ensure we are meeting their data needs so that they can effectively meet the needs of their target area/community.


Barriers to Homeownership was my most meaningful project for a variety of reasons. The project also had qualitative and quantitative aspects, helping increase my research skills in these areas…By exposing the inequities in homeownership by race and the challenges faced by potential first-time homebuyers, it felt like the report was contributing towards uplifting communities who have been previously denied homeownership opportunities.

Discover Their Work:

Barriers to Homeownership
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Capitalizing Childcare: The National Landscape of Grants, Loans, and Community Development Capital in Early Childhood Education
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Unmet Promise: Reverse Mortgage Servicing Challenges and How to Preserve Housing Stability for Older Adults
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A Road Map for Asset Based Investing in Central Appalachia
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Fellowship Advisor

Ira Goldstein
Senior Advisor, Policy Solutions