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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.

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