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Aleia Lebowitz
Aleia Lebowitz

Head of Content and Design, IssueVoter

Aleia Lebowitz

Aleia Lebowitz

Head of Content and Design, IssueVoter

Aleia Lebowitz is the Head of Content and Design at IssueVoter and the Social Media Manager at the Roddenberry Foundation. She earned a degree from Boston University in 2016 with a Bachelors in Fine Arts, and was awarded the Marianna Pineda Award in recognition of her sculptural work. With a background in fine arts, she has worked to develop cohesive design and branding for civic and social justice start-ups.

Amira Samuel
Amira Samuel

Economic Justice Program Director & VP of Operations, FreeFrom

Amira Samuel

Amira Samuel

Economic Justice Program Director & VP of Operations, FreeFrom

Amira received her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2010, where she devoted herself to serving domestic violence survivors. After graduation, Amira was named the first Judge Gertrud Mainzer Memorial Fellow for her dedication to public interest family law work throughout law school. In 2011, Amira joined the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), as Coordinator of Project Eden, which serves Orthodox Jewish survivors of abuse. She later became Senior Staff Attorney and then Supervising Attorney for NYLAG’s Family and Matrimonial Law Unit, where she oversaw countless domestic violence-related cases. Amira joined FreeFrom in 2016.

Bryant Gomer
Bryant Gomer

Education Manager, CareerVillage

Bryant Gomer

Bryant Gomer

Education Manager, CareerVillage

Bryant graduated UC, Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Political Science. He completed a Masters in Teaching and Secondary Education at USC’s Rossier School of Education. Driven by a passion to positively impact the quality of the education experience, Bryant entered the classroom and taught HS social studies in Richmond, CA, and has also taught in Middle school and Special Ed classrooms. After two years in Ann Arbor, Bryant joined CareerVillage to expand his reach on impacting learners.

Cristina Leos
Cristina Leos

Co-Founder & President, RealTalk

Cristina Leos

Cristina Leos

Co-Founder & President, RealTalk

Cristina Leos is co-founder and president of MyHealthEd, Inc / RealTalk. She holds degrees from Stanford University and the University of North Carolina and has spent the last seven years working on federally funded research investigating lifestyle- and technological-interventions to improve health. She is currently an advanced doctoral student at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Cristina’s expertise centers on finding innovative ways to improve adolescent health and reduce disparities, specifically by leveraging behavioral science and digital health innovation.

Dan Kass
Dan Kass

Co-Founder and Executive Director, JustFix.nyc

Dan Kass

Dan Kass

Co-Founder and Executive Director, JustFix.nyc

Dan is a web developer and creative technologist with a B.S. in Computer Science from Tufts University. He has lead small creative and technical teams on breakthrough projects for clients such as Spotify, Time Inc, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. With strong ties to social justice work, he has served working-class families around the greater Boston area through LIFT Boston and is a certified support worker for the federally incarcerated through the Focus Forward Project. The inspiration for operating within the housing justice movement came in 2013, where he gained firsthand experience with on-the-ground advocacy and organizing work as a volunteer for the Crown Heights Tenants Union, an anti-gentrification project fighting for the rights of lifelong Crown Heights residents. Most recently, he was a Technology Fellow for the 2015 Blue Ridge Labs @ Robin Hood fellowship program, where JustFix.nyc was founded. He was recently selected as a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Law & Policy.

Dave Green
Dave Green

CEO, Feeding Children Everywhere

Dave Green

Dave Green

CEO, Feeding Children Everywhere

Dave is the Chief Executive Officer for Feeding Children Everywhere, a global nonprofit working to activate people for a hunger-free world. He was recognized as the Central Floridian of the Year by the Orlando Sentinel for the amazing achievements that have been done through his leadership at Feeding Children Everywhere. He is married to his loving wife, Debbie and together they are raising two beautiful daughters in central Florida.

Georges Clement
Georges Clement

Co-Founder & President, JustFix.nyc

Georges Clement

Georges Clement

Co-Founder & President, JustFix.nyc

Georges is a product manager and experienced nonprofit leader who specializes in partnerships, business operations, fundraising, and gathering research insights to inform digital product features. He was a Product Fellow in the 2015 Blue Ridge Labs @ Robin Hood Fellowship. Previously, he was a Product Manager at General Assembly, leading the management and development of GA’s Business programs across the world and specializing in innovative educational program design. He is a native New Yorker with a BA in Sociology and African Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was recently selected as a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Law & Policy, World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and American Express Emerging Innovator.

Heejae Lim
Heejae Lim

Founder and CEO, TalkingPoints

Heejae Lim

Heejae Lim

Founder and CEO, TalkingPoints

Heejae Lim is the Founder and CEO of TalkingPoints. Previously, Heejae worked with Aspire Public Schools, served as Chief of Staff to a special advisor to the UK Secretary of Education, and was a consultant at McKinsey & Company working with national education reform, Gates Foundation and Teach First. Heejae is graduate of Oxford, LSE and has an MBA from Stanford Business School where she was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and has been recognized as an Echoing Green Fellow, Stanford Social Innovation Fellow, Ashoka Changemaker and Forbes 30 under 30 to change education. Having grown up as a Korean immigrant, English Language Learner student herself, Heejae is passionate about driving student outcomes for the underserved student population through innovation.

Jared Chung
Jared Chung

Chief Village Elder and Co-Founder, CareerVillage

Jared Chung

Jared Chung

Chief Village Elder and Co-Founder, CareerVillage

Before founding CareerVillage, Jared was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co. and a Director at TEDxCambridge. He holds a B.S. in Finance from NYU Stern, where he first began working with education organizations on a pro-bono basis. When he isn’t evangelizing for our cause, he’s usually writing code or cooking up something tasty.

 

Jonathan Sutherland
Jonathan Sutherland

Director of Marketing, Feeding Children Everywhere

Jonathan Sutherland

Jonathan Sutherland

Director of Marketing, Feeding Children Everywhere

Jonathan is the Director of Marketing for Feeding Children Everywhere. For the past seven years, he has worked in the nonprofit space focusing on making digital tools that empower others. He cares deeply about doing things that matter and pursuing them with a high level of excellence.

Kiah Williams
Kiah Williams

Co-Founder, SIRUM

Kiah Williams

Kiah Williams

Co-Founder, SIRUM

Kiah Williams is co-founder of SIRUM, a 501(c)3 social venture solving America’s high drug cost problem. SIRUM takes unused, surplus drugs and seamlessly delivers them to working poor families, using technology to democratize access.

SIRUM has helped redistributed over 300,000 prescriptions worth over $11M of medicine to people across 5 states.

Kiah has been recognized for her work at SIRUM as both a Forbes 30-Under-30 Social Entrepreneur stand-out and Outstanding Alumni, Silicon Valley Business Journal 40-Under-40, Draper Richards Kaplan Entrepreneur, Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize and inaugural Westly Foundation Social Innovator.

Kiah previously led negotiations for the Clinton Foundation to create the Alliance Healthcare Initiative, an industry collaboration to reduce childhood obesity. Kiah developed partnerships with Fortune 100 companies to expand health benefits to 2 million children.

Williams earned her bachelors and masters degrees from Stanford University, where she was also the president of the NAACP. Kiah proudly hails from West Philadelphia and is passionate about health equity in underserved communities.

 

Maria Yuan
Maria Yuan

Founder, IssueVoter

Maria Yuan

Maria Yuan

Founder, IssueVoter

Maria Yuan is the Founder of IssueVoter, a non-partisan platform that offers everyone a voice in our democracy by making civic engagement accessible, impactful, & efficient. Maria first envisioned IssueVoter while managing a State Senate campaign in Iowa, a battleground state known for its voter engagement. Having previously worked for a rep, she knew how little contact voters have with legislators year-round despite the fact that reps really do count every voter call and letter. She thought, “How can we extend engagement beyond elections and keep elected officials accountable? How can we help everyone understand laws that will affect their daily lives? And how can people take action in the most effective way?

Maria’s professional experiences include recruiting, social enterprise, investment banking, strategy, and corporate development. Maria has consulted the San Francisco Conservation Corps, PlaNet Finance, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Urban Outfitters. She has served on the boards of Gibney Dance and The University of Texas Co-Op, and was a founding member of Friends of the Children NY’s Young Professionals Board.

Maria earned degrees from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania and The University of Texas at Austin. Maria’s writing has appeared in Huffington Post and The Hill, and she has spoken at SXSW, The Social Innovation Summit, Shearman & Sterling, UBS, NYU, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Nancy Lee
Nancy Lee

VP of School Partnerships, TalkingPoints

Nancy Lee

Nancy Lee

VP of School Partnerships, TalkingPoints

Nancy has 15 years of experience in education, mostly in underserved communities, including running C2 Education, in-classroom instruction for DC Prep, AppleTree and Excel, leading implementation of an i3 grant and as Program Director for a tech-driven education non-profit. As a classroom teacher in Anacostia, Washington DC and head of a literacy program for low-income students in San Francisco, she witnessed the power of partnering with parents in their children’s education to close the achievement gap. Nancy has a MA in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership Studies from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, and a BA from Boston University.

 

Omar Al-Alami
Omar Al-Alami

COO, Onward

Omar Al-Alami

Omar Al-Alami

COO, Onward

Omar leads Onward’s product and partnerships, connecting the organization to strategic players and creating a product range catered to its core segment.  Omar builds on his 12 years’ experience in payments, underwriting and product management to address financial inclusion. He previously implemented innovative FinTech solutions, including creating payment corridors that connect families across borders and refugees to assistance funds.  He developed and advised on card-based, m-payments and e-payments solutions.

Ronnie Washington
Ronnie Washington

CEO, Onward

Ronnie Washington

Ronnie Washington

CEO, Onward

 Ronnie received his MBA from Stanford, focusing on social entrepreneurship and finance. Ronnie is a former Management Consultant at Deloitte, where he focused on serving large commercial banks and health insurance companies. He assisted non-profit, Global Brigades Ghana, in developing its microfinance program and launching 4 new community-based banks. Ronnie received his BA in Economics and Mathematics from Morehouse College. He is passionate about providing every working individual with financial security.

Sonya Passi
Sonya Passi

Founder & CEO, FreeFrom

Sonya Passi

Sonya Passi

Founder & CEO, FreeFrom

Sonya has been a domestic violence activist since she was 16 years old. Before founding FreeFrom, she launched the Family Violence Appellate Project (www.fvaplaw.org) while earning her law degree at UC Berkeley. Based in Oakland, California, FVAP is the first and only organization in California to provide pro bono appellate legal services to survivors of domestic violence and has fundamentally transformed the legal landscape in California in just 5 years. For her work with in the field, Sonya was listed in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Class of 2017 For Law and Policy, and won the Impact & Audience Awards at SVP LA’s Fastpitch 2018 event.

Vichi Jagannathan
Vichi Jagannathan

Co-Founder, RealTalk

Vichi Jagannathan

Vichi Jagannathan

Co-Founder, RealTalk

Vichi Jagannathan is a co-founder of MyHealthEd, Inc. and is a recent MBA graduate from the Yale School of Management. She began her career as a high school science teacher in rural Eastern North Carolina through Teach for America. She has extensive experience using human-centered design to build products and programs that support rural communities in reducing disparities and achieving inclusive growth. She holds degrees in electrical engineering from Princeton and Stanford Universities.

Ami Shah
Ami Shah

CEO and Co-founder at Peekapak

Ami Shah

Ami Shah

CEO and Co-founder at Peekapak

Ami Shah is a Co-Founder & CEO of Peekapak, an award-winning edtech platform that teaches social-emotional learning skills like self-regulation, empathy and team work in the class and home.  Peekapak currently engages and empowers over 12,000 educators in 90 countries to reach over 150,000 students.  Peekapak is backed by: Silicon Valley based accelerator, Imagine K12, the Edtech vertical of Y Combinator, and Uncharted.

Ami and her will soon be launching an online game world, ‘Peekaville,’ where students can become a Peekapak character and be fully immersed through quests, games and making new friends. Peekaville is filled with people and animals representing different cultures, talents, and socio-economic backgrounds. This online game world will deliver real-time data showing a child’s progress, helping teachers and parents gain an understanding of a child’s comprehension.

Anoop Ratnaker Rao
Anoop Ratnaker Rao

Delivered clean water to over 4 million people

Anoop Ratnaker Rao

Anoop Ratnaker Rao

Delivered clean water to over 4 million people

Anoop is the CEO of Naandi Water and COO of Naandi Foundation. He was drawn to Naandi’s audacious aspirations of co-sourcing services in the public realm in conjunction with the government post a decade long stint in the corporate world.

Apart from spearheading Naandi Water – an innovative social enterprise providing safe drinking water to over 400 villages across rural areas in India, Anoop also oversees Naandi’s education programs while providing oversight in the day-to-day operations of critical shared services functions at the Foundation.

Ayla Schlosser
Ayla Schlosser

Co-founder & CEO, Resonate

Ayla Schlosser

Ayla Schlosser

Co-founder & CEO, Resonate

Ayla is responsible for leading strategy, partnerships, program expansion, and curriculum innovation. She has a background in communications, community organizing, and leadership development. Along with her co-founder, she adapted proven community organizing tools to build capacity and leadership among underserved women in East Africa.

Prior to starting Resonate she was a Field Organizer and Program Manager at Groundswell in Washington, DC, where she led and managed the launch of a city-wide energy efficiency and financing program for low-income residents. She has also worked as a strategic communications consultant and specialized in stakeholder engagement and facilitation. She brings these skills to her work at Resonate, leveraging the influential power of storytelling for positive change.

Ayla was a Mary Maples Dunn scholar at Smith College, where she graduated with honors with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Spanish Language. Ayla was awarded the 2014 Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling for her work with Resonate and was named one of Conscious Company Magazine’s 17 Rising Social Entrepreneurs. She is a 2015 Unreasonable Institute Global Fellow,  a 2016 recipient of the Cordes Fellowship, and represents Resonate as part of the 2017 GSBI Accelerator Program. Ayla serves as an International Grant Advisor for The Pollination Project, and as a member of the Global Advisory Board for the Women’s Global Leadership Initiative.

 

Caroline Caselli
Caroline Caselli

Founder at Haven Connect

Caroline Caselli

Caroline Caselli

Founder at Haven Connect

Caroline Caselli is the founder of Haven Connect, a technology company that democratizes access to affordable housing. The company streamlines the paper-based affordable housing application process and relieves the administrative burden on property managers and low-income clients alike. She started the company after spending 4 years as a social worker and handwriting innumerable housing applications on behalf of her clients.

She previously worked as a case manager at a homeless family shelter where she placed 70% of her clients into transitional or permanent housing. From there, her passion for serving the homeless population led her to Tenderloin Housing Clinic, where she was the Support Service Manager for 1.5 years. She oversaw 5 single room occupancy residential hotels, with over 700 tenants.

She graduated cum laude from the University of Southern California, majoring in Gender Studies and Communication, with a minor in Photography. She was born and raised in San Jose, CA, with three international stints living in Argentina, South Africa, and Australia.
Dan Rosen
Dan Rosen

Co-founder, Mosaic (largest home solar lender in the US)

Dan Rosen

Dan Rosen

Co-founder, Mosaic (largest home solar lender in the US)

Dan is a clean energy entrepreneur working in Israel and rural native communities in the Southwest. He was recognized twice by Forbes as “30 under-30” for energy. He is the Co-Founder of Mosaic, which is a marketplace lender for home energy and the fastest growing lender in the rapidly growing residential solar space.

Jimmy Chen
Jimmy Chen

Founder and CEO of Propel

Jimmy Chen

Jimmy Chen

Founder and CEO of Propel

Jimmy Chen is the founder and CEO of Propel. Propel builds Fresh EBT, a free smartphone app that enables food stamp recipients to manage their benefits, save money, and build their careers. Fresh EBT is used by over a million families across the country each month and has over 15,000 five-star reviews. Originally founded through the Blue Ridge Labs Fellowship @ Robin Hood Foundation, Propel has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Wired Magazine; their investors include Andreessen Horowitz, the Omidyar Network, Kevin Durant, and Nas.
Previously, Jimmy was a Product Manager at Facebook, where he led the Facebook Groups team. He has also worked at LinkedIn, Yahoo, and the World Bank. Jimmy has a degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University.

 

Eyal Halamish
Eyal Halamish

CEO at OurSay (Mobilized over 100K citizens to connect with political leaders)

Eyal Halamish

Eyal Halamish

CEO at OurSay (Mobilized over 100K citizens to connect with political leaders)

Eyal is the co-founder and CEO of OurSay.org, an independent organization started by a team of young people passionate about helping leaders level with their communities using technology.

Flaviano Bianchini
Flaviano Bianchini

Empowering communities dealing with environmental pollution

Flaviano Bianchini

Flaviano Bianchini

Empowering communities dealing with environmental pollution

Flaviano is an environmentalist and naturalist and 2012 Ashoka Fellow. He is specialized in Valorization and Management of Natural Resources and holds a Master Degree in Human Rights and Conflict Management at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa. For several years he has been dealing with violations of Human Rights and health damages related to the extractive industries, especially in Latin America. His studies on the impact of extractive industries on environment and health have led to changes in the mining law in Honduras, the adoption of precautionary measures by the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights in Guatemala and the adoption of laws on the welfare for the city of Cerro de Pasco in Peru. From 2007 to 2009 he promoted a campaign on the impact of mining activity together with Amnesty International. He has been a candidate environmentalist of the year by the magazine The New Ecology in 2008, received the social worker prize from the San Carlos University of Guatemala in 2006, and won the Chatwin prize in 2012 for his book In Tibet un viaggio clandestino. In 2013 he was a candidate to the Human Rights Award by Global Change.

Henry May
Henry May

Co-founder and CEO at CoSchool

Henry May

Henry May

Co-founder and CEO at CoSchool

Henry May, 31, is from the UK. He is based in Colombia where he is cofounder and CEO of coschool. He has been in Colombia since 2012 and set up coschool in late 2013 following his experiences as a high school teacher (Teach First) and teacher trainer in the UK and Colombia. He is also the founder of NGO The Huracan Foundation, a global initiative that supports teachers to use football projects to transform their communities.
Henry is an Uncharted fellow 2015, and coschool have won recognition locally (Ventures 2014) and internationally (Best for the World B Corp 2016, Agora 2017) for their work. They have impacted over 7500 students and 1000 teachers to date.
Juan Fermín Rodríguez
Juan Fermín Rodríguez

CEO and Co-founder at Kingo Energy

Juan Fermín Rodríguez

Juan Fermín Rodríguez

CEO and Co-founder at Kingo Energy

Competition has surrounded Juan throughout his life; his family has supported him every single moment. The combination of these factors have allowed him to take risks in order to change things, and have inspired him to make these adjustments for the better.

 

Jukay Hsu
Jukay Hsu

Founder & CEO, Coalition for Queens

Jukay Hsu

Jukay Hsu

Founder & CEO, Coalition for Queens

Jukay is the founder of C4Q, a social enterprise that increases economic opportunity through technology and is transforming the world’s most diverse community into a leading hub of innovation and entrepreneurship.

After graduating from Harvard College, Jukay served as a U.S. Army officer where he commanded a rifle platoon in Iraq and earned the Bronze Star Medal. Jukay led economic development and governance initiatives for two Iraqi districts, and founded the first private provincial radio station with Iraqi reporters. After military service, Jukay returned home and founded C4Q because of tech’s potential to empower people and communities. Jukay was honored to serve as the youngest member of Mayor de Blasio’s Transition Team and Jobs Task Force. He serves as a Trustee of the Queens Public Library as well as the Board of Directors of NYC & Company and the Stuyvesant H.S. Alumni Association.

Khalida Brohi
Khalida Brohi

Escaped assassination attempts to pioneer a movement fighting honor killing in Pakistan

Khalida Brohi

Khalida Brohi

Escaped assassination attempts to pioneer a movement fighting honor killing in Pakistan

Khalida Brohi, 24 y is the founder and Executive Director of Sughar Empowerment Society, a non profit social enterprise in Pakistan dedicated towards providing tribal and rural women opportunities to grow their skills as well as learn leadership skills in an environment of growth and development.

Khalida launched Sughar in 2009 naming it “Sughar” (Meaning Skilled and Confident Woman), declaring the word ought to be used for every single woman around Pakistan as each one of them has skills and confidence, these women only need opportunities to unleash that potential within themselves. Sughar hence offers a vast number of those opportunities including resources to launch and sustain rural women businesses.

With the successful take off of Sughar, Khalida plans for the next 10 years to change the lives of 1 million women in Pakistan. Khalida has been named among NewsWeeks 25 under 25 Women of Impact as well the 100 Women Who Matter in Pakistan by NewsWeek and Awarded Woman of Impact Award by Women in the World Foundation, Women Excellence Award by National Govt of Pakistan, Young Champion Award by University of Singapore and The Unreasonable Institute Fellowship Award. Along with her roles as Social Entrepreneur and Activist, she is the sister of 8 siblings and a practicing Sufi.

Khalil Fuller
Khalil Fuller

Increasing math scores of 20,000 low-income kids by 2.8x

Khalil Fuller

Khalil Fuller

Increasing math scores of 20,000 low-income kids by 2.8x

Khalil Fuller is a young social entrepreneur with a passion for driving positive change in education. Growing up through adversity in Los Angeles, he witnessed his best friends become disengaged from school, especially from math, and he vowed to do something about it. His organization, NBA Math Hoops, makes math fun for youth and keeps them engaged and on-track. Khalil is on leave from Brown University where he is a QuestBridge Scholar double majoring in Education and Social Innovation.

Lorna Rutto
Lorna Rutto

Founder and Director, EcoPost Limited (saved 350 acres of trees)

Lorna Rutto

Lorna Rutto

Founder and Director, EcoPost Limited (saved 350 acres of trees)

Lorna Rutto is a Kenyan eco-preneur, and the inspiring founder of EcoPost, a social enterprise created in response to the need to find alternative waste management solutions to Kenya’s huge plastic waste problem. In 2009 she founded her company, which collects plastic waste and manufactures commercially viable, highly durable, and importantly environmentally friendly fencing posts, used widely across Kenya. In 2011, Lorna was recognized by the prestigious Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards as their laureate for sub-Saharan Africa.

Lorna has not only provided Kenya with a commercial alternative to timber, but has in the process created over 300 jobs, generated much needed revenues, saved over 250 acres of forests and taken over 1 million kilogrammes of plastic waste out of the environment. Her efforts have won her numerous plaudits and awards, both at home and abroad.

Maria Rodriguez
Maria Rodriguez

Founder at ByoEarth

Maria Rodriguez

Maria Rodriguez

Founder at ByoEarth

As Maria ended a business administration & tourism career in Guatemala City, she received an environmental management course where they learned about the different opportunities there are to transform degradable waste. The only thing she heard was “worms.” It was love at first heard, my heart pounded strongly because she had found the answer to her prayers, a unique way to connect her true passions, nature, & entrepreneurship. From that day on, all she became interested in was worms and how to develop a professional business plan inspired by vermiculture & vermicomposting to end rural poverty in Guatemala. To do so, she participated and won a national business plan incubator and in the following years met SiKanda, a unique organization with a shared vision to promote vermiculture as a sustainable livelihood. To tackle the needs of a whole region, Byoearth (Guatemala) and Sikanda (Oaxaca, Mexico) gave birth to Worms 4 Change.

Mike Rios
Mike Rios

Co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer, 17 Triggers

Mike Rios

Mike Rios

Co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer, 17 Triggers

Formerly a creative adman, Mike grew up working with ad agencies in USA, England, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Italy. Past clients included Nike, Coca-Cola, Porsche, and United Colors of Benetton.

After selling a few too many beers, cigarettes, and products he didn’t believe in, he co-founded 17 Triggers to infuse creativity, marketing, and behavioral design into the development sector.

Want to see more on what makes me tick? Here it is wrapped up in a TEDx Talk.

Mark Moore
Mark Moore

Founder and CEO, MANA Nutrition

Mark Moore

Mark Moore

Founder and CEO, MANA Nutrition

Mark lived in rural Uganda for 10 years as a development worker and missionary before returning to the US to pursue his masters at Georgetown University. He was honored to be selected as a finalist in the prestigious White House Fellows program & holds a top secret clearance with the US government. He served as a Legislative Fellow in the US Senate and as an analyst for SAIC, Science Applications International Corporation. In Africa Mark started the Source Cafe, Uganda’s first Internet Cafe’s with a social purpose, and is proud it is now ranked by Lonely Planet as one of Eastern Uganda’s top destinations. Mark also founded the Kibo Group along with a group of 14 friends who climbed Kilimanjaro together and wanted to give back after the amazing experience. They committed to donating the cost of one climbing permit each year to a cause, an effort that 15 years later has drawn other donors into more than $250,000 a year in efforts that include tree planting, water wells & goat projects. Under Kibo, Mark started MANA which has attracted $12 million in investment and has feed nearly 300,000 malnourished kids in the last few years. He is married & he & his wife Marnie have 4 children.

Patrick Woodyard
Patrick Woodyard

Co-founder and CEO at Nisolo

Patrick Woodyard

Patrick Woodyard

Co-founder and CEO at Nisolo

As an undergrad, Patrick co-founded and managed multiple endeavors ranging from student organizations tackling racial reconciliation in Mississippi to an organization focused on orphan education and micro-business development in Uganda. These experiences coupled with separate degrees in Global Economics/Business and Spanish eventually led to a few years worth of development work in South America. As the CEO of Nisolo, he’s striving to scale market ACCESS for thousands of entrepreneurs worldwide.

Michelle Brown
Michelle Brown

Enhancing literacy training for over 850,000 kids

Michelle Brown

Michelle Brown

Enhancing literacy training for over 850,000 kids

Michelle is the founder and CEO of CommonLit, an award-winning nonprofit education technology organization dedicated to improving adolescent literacy rates. Under Michelle’s leadership, CommonLit has become a robust free online reading program used in over 28,000 schools. Michelle holds a B.A. in English Literature and Spanish from Butler University, and a master’s degree in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is an experienced classroom teacher who began her teaching career in a high poverty school in rural Mississippi through Teach for America.

Roberto Rivera
Roberto Rivera

President at Good Life Alliance

Roberto Rivera

Roberto Rivera

President at Good Life Alliance

Rivera is an expert in connecting positive youth development to community development using culturally relevant methods. He has employed asset-based and social emotional learning principles for over ten years in community-based youth work in Los Angeles, Milwaukee, and Chicago. He has most recently been named one of the “Top Young Change Agents in America” by the Search for Common Ground Coalition, and in 2012 became a fellow through the Unreasonable Institute for his social entrepreneurship skills.

Rose Afriyie
Rose Afriyie

CEO at mRelief

Rose Afriyie

Rose Afriyie

CEO at mRelief

Rose Afriyie is co-founder and Executive Director of mRelief. The nonprofit has built an easy-to-use tool on web and SMS to connect low-income Americans to the most important social services, like food stamps. Her nonprofit mRelief has connected more than 150,000 families to social services. Before mRelief, she worked as a Marketing Associate for Google where she co-produced Oprah Winfrey’s first Google+ Hangout and President Obama’s annual State of the Union Hangout. She interned in the Domestic Policy Council of the White House during the passage of the Affordable Care Act. She holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan. When she is not advocating for a world without hunger, she is cooking, reading literature, listening to hip hop and neo-soul and keeping in touch with her family and friends.

Sanga Moses
Sanga Moses

Founder, Eco-Fuel Africa

Sanga Moses

Sanga Moses

Founder, Eco-Fuel Africa

Social entrepreneur Sanga Moses has a vision: to provide clean, inexpensive, cooking energy to all Africans while improving socioeconomic outcomes and reversing deforestation. In 2009, he quit his job in a top bank in Uganda to pursue his dream. He worked with engineering students to design kilns and briquetting machines that could turn food waste into fuel. Four years after he founded the social enterprise Eco-Fuel Africa, 2,500 farmers use his kilns, and each earns an average of $30 a month in extra income. His company has created a network of 460 women retailers who each earn about $150 a month from retailing his clean-cooking fuel. More than 19,167 Ugandan households or about 115,000 people now use his clean-cooking fuel on a daily basis and are able to save at least $200 a year in energy costs. Cleaner-burning green charcoal also reduces indoor air pollution, respiratory disease, and medical bills. Instead of spending hours gathering wood, girls can stay in school, and women can grow kitchen gardens or start businesses.

Shivani Siroya
Shivani Siroya

CEO and Founder at Tala (giving access to credit to 330,000 people)

Shivani Siroya

Shivani Siroya

CEO and Founder at Tala (giving access to credit to 330,000 people)

While working as a consultant at the Earth Institute and UNFPA, Shivani helped to evaluate and scale microfinance and public health. She surveyed hundreds of clients on their quality of life, spending habits, and access health services. While working there, she witnessed first hand micro-credit’s success in helping alleviate the struggle of subsistence living by helping clients begin new businesses with new sources of income. However, she also realized how micro-credit had done little to expand these businesses beyond sole proprietorships or lift entire communities out of poverty. We needed to find a way for successful micro-businesses to grow beyond these early stages, hire more employees and reinvest in the growth and well-being of their communities.

Tom D'Eri
Tom D'Eri

Co-founder at Rising Tide Car Wash (making autism a competitive employment advantage)

Tom D'Eri

Tom D'Eri

Co-founder at Rising Tide Car Wash (making autism a competitive employment advantage)

Bio coming soon!

Tricia Compas-Markman
Tricia Compas-Markman

Provided 150,000+ people in Ethiopia with clean water after natural disasters

Tricia Compas-Markman

Tricia Compas-Markman

Provided 150,000+ people in Ethiopia with clean water after natural disasters

Tricia Compas-Markman is founder and chief executive officer of DayOne Response, Inc. Tricia has a civil engineering background with 6-years’ experience working on water treatment technologies for developing countries, such as Thailand, Nicaragua, and Haiti. Tricia is co-inventor of the DayOne Waterbag and her work has been recognized by President Clinton. She is an Unreasonable Institute fellow, recipient of the Junior Chamber International, Osaka Outstanding Young Person’s Award for social innovation, Creativity Foundation legacy prize winner, a North America Finalist for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, 2013 Engineers Without Borders Outstanding member, a Pipeline Fellow investee, and a 2014 “Mother of Invention”. Tricia received her BS in Civil Engineering and MS in Civil/Environmental Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Zehra Ali
Zehra Ali

CEO and Founder at Ghonsla

Zehra Ali

Zehra Ali

CEO and Founder at Ghonsla

As an engineer and entrepreneur, Zehra has always had a thirst for problem solving. While her MIT education fueled this mindset, it was working closely with customers and communities that expanded her lens and further ignited her passion for translating unmet needs into viable businesses across continents. Zehra founded Ghonsla to provide sustainable, effective and affordable insulation solutions to households in under-served markets. This year Ghonsla has crossed it’s 1000th customer mark. Zehra believes that simple technologies when combined with inclusive business models, have the potential to transform vulnerability into opportunity – improving quality of life, conserving precious environmental resources and creating dignified living.

Dr. Gavin Armstrong
Dr. Gavin Armstrong

Providing 450,000 people with iron reducing anemia by 50%

Dr. Gavin Armstrong

Dr. Gavin Armstrong

Providing 450,000 people with iron reducing anemia by 50%

Dr. Gavin Armstrong is committed impact entrepreneur. He is currently serving as the Founder and President of Lucky Iron Fish™, a social enterprise attempting to alleviate iron deficiency around the world using a simple health innovation. Through this role he was a Fulbright scholar at Auburn University and was awarded the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 in the Social Entrepreneur category in 2016.

A long term advocate and activist against hunger and malnutrition, Gavin is the first Canadian to receive the William J. Clinton Award for international work against hunger and is the inaugural recipient of the international Michaelle Jean Emergency Hunger Relief Award. He has also helped Lucky Iron Fish win multiple Cannes Lion awards including the Grand Prix and several Clio Design Awards including the Grand Prix in health. He has also received a Silver Innovation Award from the Edison Foundation. In 2015 Conscious Company Magazine featured Gavin as one of the seventeen ‘Rising Social Entrepreneurs’ of the year. He is also the youngest recipient of the Social Innovator of the Year Award from the Lewis Institute at Babson College.
Mirta Desir
Mirta Desir

CEO of Smart Coos

Mirta Desir

Mirta Desir

CEO of Smart Coos

Mirta Desir is the CEO of Smart Coos, a web-based platform where children receive bilingual instruction and language assessment to support language learning – at home and school. Desir started her career in education and was the Founder and CEO of 1on1 Tutoring, an organization dedicated to serving low-income youths in New York.

Mirta holds a BA & BS  in Philosophy and in Communication from Syracuse University, as well as a Juris Doctor from Loyola University. She is fluent in Haitian Creole, American Sign Language and is proficient in French. She has received awards for humanitarian work with children and education, including from the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and by the Children’s Services Council of Broward County.
Rubayat Khan
Rubayat Khan

Dreamer and Teambuilder at Jeeon

Rubayat Khan

Rubayat Khan

Dreamer and Teambuilder at Jeeon

Rubayat Khan is a serial social entrepreneur and data scientist from Bangladesh deeply passionate about solving global problems using data and technology. Rubayat currently leads Jeeon, where he dreams of taking quality primary healthcare to the 4 billion rural people in the world. He is also co-founder and Director of mPower Social Enterprises, where he has created award-winning models for mobile health service delivery and poverty alleviation for large donors, multilateral organizations, NGOs and governments in several countries of Asia, Africa and Central America. He also advises and supports several technology-for-development startups in the UK, South Africa and Silicon Valley.

Rubayat completed his Masters in International Development from Harvard Kennedy School, and received the prestigious Raymond Vernon Award for academic excellence, leadership and commitment to development. He is an Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow, an Uncharted Fellow, and a Mulago Foundation Rainer Arnhold Fellow. He is a geek at heart, and taught himself to code at the age of 8.

Sarah Hemminger
Sarah Hemminger

Co-Founder, Thread (improving graduation rates of at-risk students from 6% to 92%)

Sarah Hemminger

Sarah Hemminger

Co-Founder, Thread (improving graduation rates of at-risk students from 6% to 92%)

Sarah Hemminger co-founded Thread with her husband Ryan Hemminger in 2004. She has thirteen years oexperience in nonprofit management and expertise in the development, expansion, and replication of innovative, paradigm-shifting models of mentoring. Sarah has a deep understanding of the challenges that face students in successfully completing high school and accessing higher education, as well as the potential for students and volunteers to change not only their own lives but also create a positive and lasting impact on those around them. Sarah was awarded fellowships from Ashoka, Echoing Green Foundation, Open Society Institute, and the Albert Schweitzer Fellows Program, which support social entrepreneurs with innovative ideas. In 2010, Sarah received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University for her work on the role of the cerebellum and the primary motor cortex on the time scales of consolidation of motor memory. She received the prestigious Siebel Scholars Award for outstanding work in the field of technology and engineering. Her research was published in the Journal of NeuroscienceJournal of Neurophysiology, and Cerebral Cortex and she has lectured internationally on her work. She received her undergraduate degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 2002, and prior to pursuing her PhD, she worked as an engineer for Medtronic XOMED. Sarah enjoys ice skating and teaching aerobics.

Sheikh A. Turay
Sheikh A. Turay

Founder of Liberation Chocolates Inc.

Sheikh A. Turay

Sheikh A. Turay

Founder of Liberation Chocolates Inc.

Sheikh, a former refugee who spent 14 years in a UN refugee camp, is the founder of Liberation Chocolates Inc. He considers himself a cocoa and coffee merchant and a social entrepreneur driven to reduce poverty in Liberia, revive agriculture and create employment for former child soldiers and local communities. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and has previously worked as a schoolteacher, export agent and a commodity trader. He was also a 2012 Uncharted Fellow and was a beneficiary of the Social
Capital Market (SOCAP) scholarship in 2012. Now he is the current Chairman of the Liberian Cocoa and Coffee Exporters Association, and a Liberian Business and Customs Consultant.

Toni Maraviglia
Toni Maraviglia

Founder of Eneza Education

Toni Maraviglia

Toni Maraviglia

Founder of Eneza Education

Toni currently works for the predictive analytics company Uptake as a lead for their philanthropic vertical, beyond.uptake. She’s oversees the Data Fellows Program and the Student Union college matching tool for beyond.uptake. Prior to Uptake she co-founded a pan-African education technology company called Eneza Education, which currently serves over 2 million students across Africa. She also co-founded a program called WISERBridge in rural Kenya and was a Teach For America corps member.
Toni has been recognized as an Echoing Green Fellow, Bluhm Helmand Social Innovation Fellow, and one of EdWeek’s “People to Watch in Education.” She’s also an active mentor and supporter of the Uncharted network.