Echoing Green Announces New Class of Fellows to Move Social Innovation Forward

New York, NY — October 6, 2022— Echoing Green, a leading global fellowship program for emerging social innovators, today announced the 20 recipients selected for the fall 2022 cohort of the Echoing Green Fellowship. These leaders join the 18 Fellows announced in April of this year to round out the 2022 Echoing Green Fellowship class. The newest Fellows are launching innovative social enterprises to address urgent global challenges, including systemic racism in NYC schools, high rates of recidivism in U.S. prisons, and human rights conflicts for Tasmanian refugees in Australia.

Since 1987, Echoing Green has identified nearly 1,000 leaders launching new social enterprises and equipped them with the support and network to reimagine new, more just ones that work better for all of us. In its 35-year history, the organization has accelerated the work of some of the world’s best and brightest social innovators. Previous Fellows include former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama (’91); political commentator Van Jones (’94); co-founders of national health movement GirlTrek, T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison (’13); founder and CEO of climate technology startup BlocPower, Donnel Baird (’12); and the organization’s own President, Cheryl L. Dorsey (’92).

Each Fellow will receive an unrestricted investment of $80,000 over 18 months; access to a community of like-minded leaders, strategic partners, and industry peers; and a continuum of leadership support valued at $200,000 per Fellow, including wellness programming and pro-bono legal support.

View the list of fall 2022 Fellows below and here:

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“We are proud to partner with these leaders who hold deep knowledge of and ties to their communities and use it to present creative new solutions to centuries-old challenges across a range of issues and geographies,” said Cheryl L. Dorsey, president of Echoing Green. “This class of Echoing Green Fellows has the potential to sustainably improve the lives of millions of people around the globe. From creating a first-ever model that opens access to legal degrees and careers for incarcerated people in the U.S., to developing technologies that provide life-saving medication for Black patients in southern Africa, these 20 leaders are laser-focused on leveraging innovation in service of justice.” She added, “The perseverance and courage of these social entrepreneurs is truly an inspiration to all of us who strive for a more equitable future.”

These 20 Fellows were selected from a pool of more than 1,300 applicants working in more than 100 countries, including the United States, Australia, India, Malaysia, Namibia, Saint Lucia, South Africa, Turkey, Uganda, and Kenya. For the fourth class in a row, one hundred percent of the Fellows in this class identify as Black, Indigenous, or people of color.

Echoing Green launched its Racial Equity Philanthropic Fund in 2020 to build sustainable pathways of funding and support for next-generation leaders advancing racial equity globally. Since August 2020, the organization has made tremendous progress towards the Fund’s ambitious goals, having supported 56 new Fellows and awarded $2.5 million in follow-on investments to 67 alumni Fellows. By mid-2024, Echoing Green will launch and scale 520 social enterprises, including 100 new Fellows, focused on racial equity in the U.S. and globally; and disburse more than $10 million in follow-on funding to alumni Fellow-led organizations seeking to scale their racial justice work.

Partners who have supported the Racial Equity Philanthropic Fund include leading supporters the Jerome L. Greene Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Comcast NBCUniversal, the Citi Foundation, Goldman Sachs One Million Black Women, Barclays, The Allstate Foundation, Walmart Foundation, World Education Services Mariam Assefa Fund, Salesforce, Tiger Global Impact Ventures, The JPB Foundation, and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Additional Fund supporters can be found here. Other leading supporters of Echoing Green include KKR and General Atlantic.

About Echoing Green:

For 35 years, Echoing Green has been on the front lines of solving the world’s biggest problems, raising up the transformational leaders willing to speak truth to power and challenge the status quo. The organization finds emerging leaders with the best ideas for social innovation as early as possible and sets them on a path to lifelong impact. Echoing Green’s community of nearly 1,000 social innovators includes past Fellows such as First Lady Michelle Obama and the founders of Teach For America, Center for Black Innovation, BlocPower, and One Acre Fund. Built and refined over three decades, Echoing Green discovers tomorrow’s leaders today, and then funds, connects, and supports a new generation of social impact leaders.

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