The nationally recognized Capital Fellows Programs are now accepting applications for the class of 2017-18.

Capital Fellows are placed at some of the highest levels of California state government and assist state legislators, senior-level executive staff, and court administrators with a broad range of public policy issues and projects and are typically given assignments with a significant amount of responsibility and challenges.  The fellowships offer unique experiences in policy-making and development in each branch of government.

Visit our website at for more information about this exciting opportunity.  Apply online by February 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm (PST)


Alex Vassar, 07-08 Senate Fellow

Capital Fellows Alumni Profile: Alex Vassar

A native of Panama, Alex Vassar has worked at the municipal and state levels of government for the past nine years. Since 2004, Alex has been the Editor of, which includes the web’s largest database of California election results and candidate biographies. In 2007, he was selected as a Senate Fellow in the office of Senator Bob Dutton. Since then, Alex has worked for the City of San Jose, both houses of the California Legislature, and the State Board of Equalization. He has written two books, including “The Legislators of California”. He writes a blog on California history [] and was recently elected to the board of a local park district in Sacramento County.

” The Fellowship was an amazing introduction to the world of our state legislature. Making new friends from around the country was a life-changing experience. Having the opportunity to see how difficult budget decisions were made and meeting people like Greg Schmidt, who had spent decades working in the government, changed the way I understood the state.

 Since the Fellowship, the friends I made that year have continued to be an important part of my life. They have helped me professionally by letting me know about jobs when I was looking and good employees when I was hiring. Personally, we’ve celebrated birthdays and new jobs together, had regular Thursday Lunches and even babysat each others kids. I love these people.

 The Fellowship gave me a lot and I continue to benefit from my time in the program.”