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Talent Report 2018

Echoing Green’s annual Social Impact Talent Report highlights best-in-class social change leaders that we believe have the potential to launch bold new ideas for solving the most pressing and entrenched problems around the world.

We review thousands of applications each year in our search for the next class of Echoing Green Fellows. While only some of these dedicated entrepreneurs will go on to join our Fellow community, the talent represented in this list is hopeful, exciting, and inspiring.

Civil & Human Rights


Noelle Adams

Culpability App, US Eliminate police brutality and gang violence in black communities across America by providing a mobile application and platform for people to capture, share, and view non-emergency incidents.

Sheerine Alemzadeh

Healing to Action, US Activate a network of low-wage workers to transform social and economic conditions so that survivors of workplace sexual violence are able to speak out.

Karla Altmayer

Healing to Action, US Activate a network of low-wage workers to transform social and economic conditions so that survivors of workplace sexual violence are able to speak out.

Brandon Anderson

Raheem AI, US Build a world free of police violence for all Americans by eliminating barriers to reporting police misconduct through easily accessible mobile tools and data that measure the impact of policing in real time.

Jelani Anglin

Good Call, US Protect the civil rights of low-income individuals and people of color by providing immediate access to free legal support in case of an arrest.

Antionette Carroll

Creative Reaction Lab, US Overcome racial and health inequities impacting black and Latinx populations by creating a youth-led, community-centered movement and professional pipeline challenging structural racism.

Percilla Frizzell

Sacred Generations, US End educational inequity and mass incarceration in Native California by using intergenerational healing justice to build honor and protect the sacred, and build power among tribal communities.

Gabriel Leader-Rose

Good Call, US Protect the civil rights of low-income individuals and people of color by providing immediate access to free legal support in case of an arrest.

Purvi Shah

Movement Law Lab, US Build power in black and brown communities by incubating legal projects that combine law and community organizing to protect, defend, and embolden racial justice movements.

Education


David Baptista

Latin American Leadership Academy, Brazil Promote sustainable economic development and strengthen democratic governance in Latin America by training and connecting a new generation of principled and socially innovative leaders.

Dave Christopher

Academy of Music Production Education and Development, US Close literacy and academic achievement gaps for males of color by linking literature to cutting-edge music recording technology.

Vincent Cobb

The Fellowship- BMEC Inc., US Increase the number of black male educators in U.S. public schools by implementing teacher pathway models to advance their recruitment, development, and retention.

Rashiid Coleman

The Fellowship-BMEC inc., US Increase the number of black male educators in U.S. public schools by implementing teacher pathway models to advance their recruitment, development, and retention.

Ashley Edwards

MindRight, US Break the cycle of untreated trauma among youth of color by using text messaging to provide personalized, evidence-based mental health coaching.

Alina Liao

MindRight, US Break the cycle of untreated trauma among youth of color by using text messaging to provide personalized, evidence-based mental health coaching.

Eddie Massey

Massey Global, US Invest in STEM innovation in rural and low-income U.S. communities by training the next generation of engineers and innovators from those communities to code.

Abhilash Mishra

Science for All, India Create a global pipeline of locally-sourced STEM educators for low-income classrooms by training and supporting the next generation of science educators and leaders through teacher residencies.

Diego Ontaneda Benavides

Latin American Leadership Academy, Brazil Promote sustainable economic development and strengthen democratic governance in Latin America by training and connecting a new generation of principled and socially innovative leaders.

Thell Robinson

Halt Violence, US Reduce rates of violence and incarceration among black youth by providing alternatives to violent behavior, credible role models, and hands-on conflict mediation.

Amber Scott

Leap Year, US Create a generation of college-educated change-makers by preparing low-income high school graduates to succeed in college and develop leadership skills through our paid AmeriCorps gap year program.

Brittany Young

B-360, US Decrease the STEM education divide and incarceration rates for black men and boys by using dirt bike culture to enhance education, community engagement, and workforce pipelining.

Environment


Molly Burhans

GoodLands, US Create a network of Catholic communities to help them be responsible stewards of their land by providing science-based conservation information aligned with their missions.

Alice Cherry

Climate Defense Project, US Embolden radical acts of protest to combat climate change by defending nonviolent civil disobedience and developing strategies for climate legal activism in the U.S.

Gregory Constantine

Concord Spirits, US Revolutionize the emissions-rife spirits industry by producing the world's cleanest consumer spirits products, made from only air, water, and sunlight.

Wilson Hago

Hago Energetics, US Eliminate carbon dioxide emissions through technology that converts carbon dioxide waste to profitable products.

Heather Hochrein

EVmatch, Inc., US Reduce passenger vehicle emissions in U.S. urban areas through an app that allows drivers to easily find, reserve, and pay for use of private charging stations for electric vehicles.

Kristina Hugar

Ecolectro, Inc., US Dramatically reduce the presence of fossil fuels in industrial production by curtailing the adoption barriers for renewable hydrogen.

Kyle Kornack

Green Gas, US Offset emissions to restore atmospheric carbon balance by offering consumers and businesses simple opportunities to buy carbon-neutral fossil fuels.

Liam Madden

Green Gas, US Offset emissions to restore atmospheric carbon balance by offering consumers and businesses simple opportunities to buy carbon-neutral fossil fuels.

Akshay Makar

Climatenza, Chile Provide clean, affordable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in rural Sub-Sahara Africa and Southeast Asia by implementing solar thermal power plants.

Jeremiah Lemi Muia

Carbofix East Africa, Kenya Capture carbon dioxide emissions for the energy and industrial sectors in Kenya by converting CO2 to value-added, revenue generating products.

Jeffrey Neal

Loop Closing, US Regenerate our soils and communities by diverting urban food waste away from landfills using on-site composting systems.

Gabriel Rodriguez-Calero

Ecolectro, Inc., US Dramatically reduce the presence of fossil fuels in industrial production by curtailing the adoption barriers for renewable hydrogen.

Stafford Sheehan

Concord Spirits, US Revolutionize the emissions-rife spirits industry by producing the world's cleanest consumer spirits products, made from only air, water, and sunlight.

Kelsey Skaggs

Climate Defense Project, US Embolden radical acts of protest to combat climate change by defending nonviolent civil disobedience and developing strategies for climate legal activism in the U.S.

Griffin Vanze

Aeon Row, US Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water and chemical usage from the fashion industry by increasing demand for clothing made from recycled fabrics.

Miranda (Yu Wen) Wang

BioCellection, US Reduce the amount of plastics that U.S. cities send to oceans and landfills by developing a new chemical recycling technology that treats contaminated and unrecyclable plastic waste.

Nisha Witt

Aesop Technologies, Inc., US Increase the accessibility of high-powered solar technology for rural residents and emergency management organizations by creating a compact, mobile system that is easy to move, set up, and break down.

Jia Yun Yao

BioCellection Inc., US Reduce the amount of plastics that U.S. cities send to oceans and landfills by developing a new chemical recycling technology that treats contaminated and unrecyclable plastic waste.

Food & Agriculture


Sibjan Chaulagain

I.C.T. For Agri Pvt. Ltd., Nepal Ensure food security in Nepal by providing localized crop information to farmers and connecting them to suppliers, traders, experts, and farmer cooperatives through mobile technology.

Sara Day Evans

Accelerating Appalachia, US Promote good land use management for producers of food, fiber, and forest products in the Appalachian region by providing training, networking, and investing opportunities. management for producers of food, fiber, and forest products in the Appalachian region by providing training, networking, and investing opportunities.

Elia Festo

East Africa Fruits Co., Tanzania Eliminate food waste, a root cause of poverty, among smallholder farmers in Tanzania by preserving fresh produce using cold chain technology and drying methods.

Dysmus Kisilu

Solar Freeze, Kenya Enhance food security and reduce post-harvest losses in developing countries by providing climate-smart agriculture powered by renewable energy assets.

Bantu Mabaso

The Phalala Youth Empowerment For Food Security, Swaziland Reduce the effects of climate change on farmers in Swaziland by providing them with the tools and resources to develop climate-resilient agricultural practices.

Earl St Sauver

Apollo Agriculture, Kenya Increase incomes and climate resilience of millions of smallholder farmers in Kenya by delivering the tools they need through low-cost, digital processes.

Health & Healthcare


Immanuel Charles Akhimien

MOBicure, Nigeria Reduce child and maternal deaths in Africa by providing mothers with access to quality health information and medical personnel via mobile phones.

Shubham Choudhary

Safe Access, India Reduce health disparities among the LGBTQ population in India by providing health professionals with sensitivity training and facilitating access to health care using web-based technology.

Giffin Daughtridge

UrSure Inc., US Stop new HIV infections for the most vulnerable patient populations by making it easier for them to access and take the medications needed to prevent the disease.

Umra Omar

Safari Doctors, Kenya Improve access to primary health care in marginalized Kenyan communities through outreach clinics, health education, and advocacy.

Lori Robinson

VidaAfrolatina, US Reduce sexual violence and foster survivors' healing among Afro-Latin Americans by providing women with resources to implement paths to wellness and safety.

Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development


Omony Geoffrey

YOLRED (Youth Leaders for Restoration and Development), Uganda Help former child soldiers in Uganda to reintegrate into their communities by providing support, education, training, and access to fair justice.

Teresa Hodge

Mission: Launch, Inc, US Change the trajectory of individuals with criminal records by producing an algorithm for background screening that is fair, demonstrates the strengths and capacity of individuals living with records, and expands access to jobs, entrepreneurship, and financial products.

Laurin Leonard (Hodge)

Mission: Launch, US Change the trajectory of individuals with criminal records by producing an algorithm for background screening that is fair, demonstrates the strengths and capacity of individuals living with records, and expands access to jobs, entrepreneurship, and financial products.

Michael Long

SailFuture, US Enhance the lives of high-risk youth by engaging them in sailing experiences along with individualized counseling, experiential education, and long-term housing.

Hadiyah Mujhid

HBCUvc, US Close the racial wealth gap in communities of color by teaching black and brown students how to invest in entrepreneurship for social impact.

Jenna Nicholas

Impact Experience, US Drive environmental and social regeneration in marginalized communities by building strategic relationships among funders and local climate leaders.

John Ntonta

Kadiwaku Family Foundation, US Reduce poverty and inequality for people with disabilities in the Democratic Republic of Congo by applying an entrepreneurial approach to enhance their quality of life.

Public Service & Civic Engagement


Aziz Alghunaim

Tarjimly, US Eliminate language barriers for refugees and NGOs in Europe and North America by making it easy for bilingual people to volunteer as remote real-time translators.

Audrey Henson

College to Congress, US Create a more diverse and representative U.S. Congress by creating pathways for low-income, high-achieving students to congressional internships and breaking down cultural and financial barriers.

Kansiime Honest Fortunate

Girls to Lead Africa, Uganda Increase political engagement and participation of women in Africa by establishing an academy that mentors middle school and high school girls involved in student councils.

Atif Javed

Tarjimly, US Eliminate language barriers for refugees and NGOs in Europe and North America by making it easy for bilingual people to volunteer as remote real-time translators.

Michael Meehan

Acre Policy, US Encourage civic participation and policy innovation to develop robust regional food systems in the United States by drafting and sharing model state and local agricultural policies.

Shalita O'Neale

Fostering Change Network Foundation, US Provide ongoing support to alumni of foster care through mindset and leadership training, networking opportunities, one-on-one coaching, and seed funding to support their professional endeavors.

William Snowden

The Juror Project, US Improve the diversity of juries in U.S. criminal trials by educating historically underrepresented communities about the impact their presence has in the deliberation room and on case outcomes.

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