Opportunity: The Kathleen Crotty Fellowship at NJPP

Updated in January 2019 with information about the 2019 Fellowship


Kathy was a groundbreaking force in New Jersey public life. She served as the executive director of the state Senate Democratic Office from 1986 until she retired in 2009 – the first woman to lead one of the legislature’s partisan offices. A longtime advocate for women in public office, and a renowned mentor and advocate for people starting careers in public service, Kathy set high standards in recruiting and nurturing the Senate office’s policy staff.  She became a New Jersey Policy Perspective trustee in 2010 and was welcomed unanimously as Board chair in 2015. Kathy’s keen policy insights, deep political knowledge and steadfast progressive values made her an invaluable leader for NJPP and inspiration for NJPP’s staff and Board, as well as many others in New Jersey public service.


The Kathleen Crotty Fellowship honors Kathy’s legacy by providing an eager, self-motivated student committed to public service with an intensive summer experience working in New Jersey policy and advocacy, under the guidance of experienced mentors at NJPP. Crotty Fellows participate actively in the research and writing of reports, op-eds and blog posts for publication, and will join NJPP analysts in outreach and coalition work. Fellows should come away with experience and networks to help them launch successful careers in New Jersey public service. Fellows receive a $10,000 stipend.

Previous fellows: Amy Dunford (2016), Holly Low (2017), Jazmyne McNeese (2018).


  •      Must be enrolled in or recently graduated from a graduate-level program, especially in government, public policy or public administration.
  •      Must have strong interest in state-level policy that gives more people the chance to prosper.
  •      Must demonstrate a strong commitment to working in New Jersey. Preference will be given to New Jersey residents and students/graduates of New Jersey universities.
  •      Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communications.
  •      Demonstrated ability to conduct high-level public policy research.
  •      Demonstrated commitment to NJPP’s core goals and values.


Please send your cover letter, resume and writing sample to info@njpp.org by March 1 using the subject line format: “Crotty Fellowship 2019 – [Your last name].” Finalists will be contacted by March 11 to schedule an interview. The Fellow will be notified by April 1. No phone calls, please.


Since 1997, NJPP has been advancing economic justice in New Jersey by leveraging reliable analysis, strategic communications and effective outreach to drive state-level policy. NJPP is a “think-and-do tank:” Once the analysis is done, NJPP’s communications and outreach get it into the hands of the policymakers, advocates and partners best positioned to use it in support of public policies that expand opportunity and promote widespread prosperity in the Garden State. NJPP is a proud member of the State Priorities Partnership of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, DC.