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Introducing the Newest Class of Echoing Green Fellows

Announced in April 2022, the latest cohort of Echoing Green Fellows is a group of 18 leaders with bold and audacious ideas for transforming the world.

Echoing Green supports optimistic, resilient leaders who help drive movements for transformative social change. The newest cohort is selected from a global pool of nearly 1,400 applicants and is advancing innovative solutions to systemic issues in criminal justice, civil and human rights, economic mobility, and health care. The reach of their impact spans 10 countries from Afghanistan to Germany, Guinea, India, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and the United States.

In the face of mounting global challenges, sustaining the impact of dedicated social innovators who are of the communities they serve and bring the knowledge and relationships needed to tackle root causes is essential. Investing in leaders like our Fellows, and ultimately, in the expertise of communities impacted by structural inequity around the globe is critical to building a world where everyone can thrive.

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Meet the 2022 Fellows

Shelly Anand

Shelly Anand

Co-founder & Executive Director, Sur Legal Collaborative, Inc.

Bold Idea: End the labor abuse-to-deportation pipeline for immigrant workers in America’s Deep South by democratizing legal knowledge so impacted communities can fight for their labor rights and advance mass decarceration.

Learn more about Shelly

Funded with support from the World Education Services (WES) Mariam Assefa Fund


Christiana Bukalo

Christiana Bukalo

Co-founder, Statefree

Bold Idea: Amplify the power of stateless people by building a global and digital community that creates connection, provides increased access to information, and enables collective advocacy.

Learn more about Christiana

Funded with support from the Jerome L. Greene Foundation


Leslie Credle

Leslie Credle

Founder & Executive Director, Justice For Housing, Inc.

Bold Idea: Secure housing and economic stability for justice-involved individuals through advocacy, policy, and peer-to-peer support to prevent homelessness, reduce recidivism, and create pathways to homeownership.

Learn more about Leslie


Dion Dawson

Dion Dawson

Founder & Executive Director, Dion’s Chicago Dream, Inc.

Bold Idea: Cultivate financial, physical, and emotional stability for Chicagoland residents by stabilizing community access to fresh produce and combating food apartheid.

Learn more about Dion

Funded with support from the Citi Foundation


Nasser Diallo

Nasser Diallo

Founder & CEO, Clinic+O

Bold Idea: Expand access to quality, affordable health care for low-income communities in West Africa by integrating mobile technology and community health best practices into primary care treatment.

Learn more about Nasser


Zeenith Ebrahim

Zeenith Ebrahim

Founder, Jamii Life

Bold Idea: Enable family caregivers and health workers of color to deliver high-quality home care to individuals unable to access or afford it in their communities by providing tools and training.

Learn more about Zeenith


Omar Freilla

Omar Freilla

Co-founder, Collective Diaspora

Bold Idea: ​​Build collective wealth for Black communities throughout the African diaspora by organizing a transnational mutual support network for Black cooperatives and Black-led cooperative support organizations.

Learn more about Omar

Funded with support from the Jerome L. Greene Foundation


Aideé Granados

Aideé Granados

Founder & CEO, Rosa Es Rojo, Inc.

Bold Idea: Dismantle income, language, and education barriers to health and well-being for Hispanic women and their families in the U.S. by delivering culturally tailored and accessible chronic disease and cancer prevention programs.

Learn more about Aideé

Funded with support from the World Education Services (WES) Mariam Assefa Fund


Shaman Gupta

Shaman Gupta

Co-founder & Co-chair, Tweet Foundation

Bold Idea: Accelerate socioeconomic development for the transgender community in India by mobilizing community support, legal and economic capacity building, and advocacy efforts with young trans leaders, governments, and private organizations.

Learn more about Shaman


Gregory Jackson, Jr.

Gregory Jackson, Jr.

Co-founder & Lead Steward, Repaired Nations Cooperative, Inc.

Bold Idea: Reverse historic social and economic marginalization in Black communities by providing culturally appropriate community education, funding for cooperative infrastructure, and network and advisory services.

Learn more about Gregory

Funded with support from KKR


Hemakshi Meghani

Hemakshi Meghani

Co-founder, Indian School of Democracy

Bold Idea: Transform the political system in India and make democracy inclusive for all regardless of gender, caste, and class by equipping youth and women leaders with the skills and tools to run for office.

Learn more about Hemakshi


Helga Mutasingwa

Helga Mutasingwa

Co-founder & Director of Programs, Afya Pamoja

Bold Idea: Improve health care outcomes for all communities in Tanzania by using digital technology to collect patient feedback, share actionable insights, and include citizen voice at the heart of public health decision-making.

Learn more about Helga


Iregi Mwenja

Iregi Mwenja

Founder & CEO, Psychiatric Disability Organization

Bold Idea: Expand opportunities in all aspects of life for Kenyan people with psychosocial disabilities by creating a platform that provides access to professional help, employment opportunities, and peer-led advocacy efforts.

Learn more about Iregi


Peter Okwoko

Peter Okwoko

Co-founder & Chief Operating Officer, Takataka Plastics

Bold Idea: Build a circular economy while creating income and healing opportunities for trauma survivors and youth in Gulu, Uganda, by locally transforming plastic waste into sellable products.

Learn more about Peter


Osariemen Grace Omoruyi

Osariemen Grace Omoruyi

Founder, Restorative Justice for Africa Initiative

Bold Idea: Close the justice gap for low-income earners, women, and children detained in prison without trial in Nigeria by developing a mobile app that provides free legal representation and drives restorative justice.

Learn more about Osariemen


D'Seanté Parks

D’Seanté Parks

Founder & CEO of 1000 MORE, LLC.

Bold Idea: Eliminate barriers to civic empowerment for disenfranchised communities in the U.S. with an app that centralizes information about bills coming up for a vote, elected officials, and crowdfunding advocacy efforts.

Learn more about D’Seanté

Funded with support from the Jerome L. Greene Foundation


Patrice Sulton

Patrice Sulton

Founder & Executive Director, DC Justice Lab, Inc.

Bold Idea: End reliance on state violence as a response to community violence in Washington, D.C. by developing evidence-driven, community-rooted, and racially just safety solutions.

Learn more about Patrice

Funded with support from the Jerome L. Greene Foundation


Summia Tora

Summia Tora

Founder & Executive Director, Dosti Network

Bold Idea: Increase equitable access to humanitarian assistance, financial aid, and immigration support for Afghans by leveraging a network of local and international partners to provide the resources they need.

Learn more about Summia

Funded with support from the World Education Services (WES) Mariam Assefa Fund


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