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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.

Arts & Culture | Civil & Human Rights | Education | Environment | Food & Agriculture | Health & Healthcare | Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development | Public Service & Civic Engagement

Arts & Culture


Brion Gill

Pennsylvania Avenue Black Art and Entertainment District, US Build power and ownership—residentially, commercially, and institutionally—for people of color living in Baltimore by creating Maryland's first Black Arts and Entertainment district.

Cielo Maria Holguin Ramirez

Urban Oasis, Colombia Transform Latin American cities and promote inclusive community planning to foster collaboration and create change within local neighborhoods.

Albert Kreisel

Urban Oasis, Colombia Transform Latin American cities and promote inclusive community planning to foster collaboration and create change within local neighborhoods.

Civil & Human Rights


Kristin Adair

Unchained Media Collective, US Change the narrative about mass incarceration and reimagine justice by training currently and formerly incarcerated people to use film and multimedia production to become advocates and tell their stories.

Fred Diego

Streetwide, US End mass detention and deportation of immigrants and asylum seekers in the United States by creating communication and data infrastructure to allow communities to help them fight their cases.

Halim Flowers

Unchained Media Collective, US Change the narrative about mass incarceration and reimagine justice by training currently and formerly incarcerated people to use film and multimedia production to become advocates and tell their stories.

Kevin Ladaris

Men's Corp, US Equip and empower young males to end domestic and dating violence through community service and learning projects dedicated to facilitating violence-prevention initiatives in their schools, homes, and communities.

Alicia Nieves

Streetwide, US End mass detention and deportation of immigrants and asylum seekers in the United States by creating communication and data infrastructure to allow communities to help them fight their cases.

Tanay Tatum-Edwards

FreeCap, US Reduce racial and economic inequality for prisoners in the United States by divesting from companies that profit from prisons and investing in criminal justice reform initiatives.

Education


Agnieszka Bulacik

New Visions, Germany Reduce oppression of women in eastern Europe by creating a holistic learning and leadership program rooted in feminism and social justice.

William Evans

Neighborhood Benches, US Break the cycle of youth violence and incarceration of black boys and men by creating leadership and educational models for them to change behaviors, build community, and organize for positive change.

Raby Gueye

Teach For Senegal, Senegal Improve educational outcomes for children in Senegal by recruiting and training local leaders to teach in underserved communities.

Liene Jurgelane

New Visions, Germany Reduce oppression of women in eastern Europe by creating a holistic learning and leadership program rooted in feminism and social justice.

Delphine Konda

Girls Excel, Cameroon Solve menstrual hygiene challenges in Cameroon by providing health education and access to hygienic, reusable sanitary pads and menstrual beads.

Austin Martin

Rhymes with Reason, US Make literacy education accessible in a diverse United States through a web-based repository of popular music that students and teachers can leverage to strengthen learning and teaching skills in standardized tests and curricula.

Sarah Strader

Two Rabbits, Cameroon Build the next generation of indigenous leaders in Cameroon by establishing preschools using homegrown interactive audio curricula in their own language and cultural style.

Ebony Underwood

We Got Us Now, Inc, US Empower children and young adults affected by parental incarceration by helping them become their own advocates and leaders, through smart use of technology and provision of safe spaces.

Environment


Julie Blumreiter

ClearFlame Engines, US Reduce environmental harm and provide access to goods and electricity by modifying diesel engines to yield cleaner emissions.

Alex Cornell du Houx

Elected Officials to Protect America, US Create a network led by lawmakers who are veterans that educates elected officials and advances policies to protect our environment and fight climate change.

Marissa Cuevas

microTERRA, Mexico Create clean waterways for people in Latin America by capturing excess nutrients in agricultural water to produce organic fertilizer and clean water.

Kyle Curry

Nature's Nectar, Zambia Protect natural woodlands in the West Lunga ecosystem by implementing sustainable beekeeping and creating rural community value.

Julia Kumari Drapkin

ISeeChange, US Inform and improve climate adaptation and infrastructure design by mobilizing communities to share stories and data about climate impacts.

Dominic Frongillo

Elected Officials to Protect America, US Create a network led by lawmakers who are veterans that educates elected officials and advances policies to protect our environment and fight climate change.

Bernard Johnson

ClearFlame Engines, US Reduce environmental harm and provide access to goods and electricity by modifying diesel engines to yield cleaner emissions.

Kevin Kung

Takachar, India Reduce air pollution associated with crop-residue burning, and increase profits for farmers by developing small-scale equipment that can convert residues to valuable chemicals on-site.

Akshay Makar

CLIMATENZA, India Cut carbon emissions from the industrial sector in emerging economies by implementing next-generation solar thermal technology.

Yunus Masaba

Khainza Energy Limited, Uganda Enable access to clean, affordable energy for people across Uganda by packaging high-quality biogas in recyclable cylinders for cooking and heating.

Katherine Milling

Nature's Nectar, Zambia Protect natural woodlands in the West Lunga ecosystem by implementing sustainable beekeeping and creating rural community value.

Vidyut Mohan

Takachar, India Reduce air pollution associated with crop-residue burning, and increase profits for farmers by developing small-scale equipment that can convert residues to valuable chemicals on-site.

Juliet Namujju

Kimuli Fashionability, Uganda Reduce plastic waste and offer employment opportunities for disabled people in Africa by establishing a company that creates upcycled fashion.

Clifford Owino

Chemolex Company, Kenya Produce clean, sustainable, and affordable energy for East Africa by using advanced biotechnology to produce biofuel from the invasive water hyacinth plant.

Mariana Sarmiento

Terrasos, Colombia Protect threatened ecosystems in Central America by collaborating with private companies to design and implement strategies for managing natural resources and sustainability.

Vesela Tanaskovic

Afforest4Future, Austria Mitigate effects of climate change for people living in dry regions, such as the Middle East and North Africa, by using silt gained from dams as topsoil to plant food forests.

Miguel Uribe

Ciclo, Colombia Reduce pollution and basic living expenses by developing machines that allow people to exchange recyclable materials for basic needs like transportation, utilities, or food.

Arthur Woniala

Khainza Energy Limited, Uganda Enable access to clean, affordable energy for people across Uganda by packaging high-quality biogas in recyclable cylinders for cooking and heating.

Food & Agriculture


Dickson Ayuka

Ujuzikilimo Solutions, Kenya Increase farm productivity and sustainability and enhance food security for small farmers by providing useful data, personalized advice, and farmer-centered support through a mobile platform.

Vikas Birhma

Gramhal, India Increase the income of smallholder farmers in India by providing them a bundle of post-harvest services including storage, credit, and access to the market through a digital platform.

Brian Bosire

Ujuzikilimo Solutions, US Increase farm productivity and sustainability and enhance food security for small farmers by providing useful data, personalized advice, and farmer-centered support through a mobile platform.

Daniel Brown

Rust Belt Riders, US Reduce food waste and advance the economy in the U.S. Rust Belt by creating value-added products produced from discarded food.

Zi Xiang Chan

Langit Collective, Malaysia Improve economic situations of rural subsistence farmers by revaluing their heirloom crops and increasing their knowledge of traditional farming practices.

Yong Ling Chia

Langit Collective, Malaysia Improve economic situations of rural subsistence farmers by revaluing their heirloom crops and increasing their knowledge of traditional farming practices.

Mohd Fahad Ifaz

iFarmer, Bangladesh Connect small-scale farmers to farm sponsors through an app and web platform providing support services aimed to improve production, yields, and profitability.

Pankaj Mahalle

Gramhal, India Increase the income of smallholder farmers in India by providing them a bundle of post-harvest services including storage, credit, and access to the market through a digital platform.

Alvin Otto

Agro Journalism Network, Uganda Ensure food security for farmers in Uganda by promoting climate-smart agricultural practices through outreach, electronic, and print media.

Michael Robinson

Rust Belt Riders, US Reduce food waste and advance the economy in the U.S. Rust Belt by creating value-added products produced from discarded food.

Health & Healthcare


Jaden Fields

Black Trans Wellness Collective, US Develop leadership potential for black trans and non-binary people by improving mental health literacy and creating healing-centered systems for change.

Daniel Gathigai

Tambua Health, Kenya Improve diagnosis and treatment of pneumonia and tuberculosis for people in Africa by developing an application that turns any smartphone into a powerful noninvasive diagnostic tool.

Lorenzo Lewis

L&J Empowerment / The Confess Project, US Increase mental health awareness and educational services for men and boys of color between the ages of 11 and 35 by training barbers to become mental health advocates within their local communities.

Victoria Malek Pascha

BDIN, Argentina Improve delivery of and access to healthcare services for patients, payers, and providers in Argentina by creating a data-driven system that allows them to make informed choices on coverage and treatment.

Joan Nalubega

Uganics, Uganda Eradicate malaria in sub-Saharan Africa by selling a mosquito-repellent soap in the tourism sector and using the profits to subsidize distribution of the soap to rural mothers and children.

Jay Newton-Small

MemoryWell, US Improve care for memory-impaired seniors by capturing and delivering meaningful, qualitative stories about their lives to enrich connections with caregivers and to preserve their history.

Ryan Powell M.D.

GoHealth Kids, US Reduce childhood obesity in the United States by developing a classroom fitness app that draws on the magic, fun, and endless potential of augmented reality technology.

Tolulope Sonuyi

Detroit Life Is Valuable Everyday (DLIVE), US Design and create pathways to health for youth who have been acutely injured by community violence by introducing innovative health-centered strategies for violence intervention and prevention.

Rachael Wallach

Disrupt Disability, US Increase the capabilities and self-esteem of people with limited mobility by creating a wheelchair that can be continually customized to adapt to physical changes, the environment, and personal style.

Lewis Wanjohi

Tambua Health, Kenya Improve diagnosis and treatment of pneumonia and tuberculosis for people in Africa by developing an application that turns any smartphone into a powerful noninvasive diagnostic tool.

Raymond Winans

Detroit Life Is Valuable Everyday (DLIVE), US Create pathways to health for youth who have been acutely injured by community violence by introducing innovative health-centered strategies for violence intervention and prevention.

Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development


Darius Ballinger

Chasing23 Youth Empowerment Group, US Reduce the juvenile recidivism rate among young men of color in Cook County, Illinois, by providing transitional employment and individual support.

Ateira Griffin

BOND, Building Our Nation's Daughters, US Increase upward mobility and healthy relationships for families in single-mother households by offering mentoring, resources, and free family programming.

John Jenkins

Leverage, US Close the diversity and knowledge gap in entrepreneurship by providing tools, resources, and a design-focused curriculum for emerging leaders of color to develop an entrepreneurial mindset.

Philip Kao

Appleseed, US Enhance the ability of development organizations to enact change around the world by showing them how to use behavioral marketing to make their solutions stick in the communities they serve.

Hadiyah Mujhid

HBCUvc, US Close the racial wealth gap in communities of color by expanding venture capital networks to include Black and Hispanic university students and alumni.

Judith Okonkwo

Imisi 3D, US Increase opportunities for young people in Africa to learn how to create technologies using augmented and virtual reality by providing them with access to labs and resources.

Marco Villegas

Tenant Landlord Connect, US Create sustainable employment for low-income tenants in gentrifying communities by establishing a network for local landlords to hire and offer vocational training to their tenants.

Public Service & Civic Engagement


Johan Matthews

The Mutual: The Chocolate Futures Movement, US Improve opportunities for black boys and men in the United States, and change the narrative for their future, by developing a platform for a gamified, community-based approach to education.

Antoine Patton

Photo Patch Foundation, US Connect children with incarcerated parents to each other and their parents through software and programming that offers resources, support, and exposure to other life pathways.

Chengchuan Shi

Voibook, China Build a barrier-free communication platform for people with hearing loss in China by using speech recognition technology and providing online speech therapy service.

Carlos Vera

Pay Our Interns, US Create a pathway to public service for underrepresented communities in the United States by advocating for funding from federal, state, and local governments for paid internships.

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