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Reyna Montoya, Founder & CEO of Aliento and 2017 Echoing Green Fellow, speaks during a DACA demonstration. Credit: Aliento.

Partnership Summary + Activities

Echoing Green and the WES Mariam Assefa Fund are partnering to amplify and catalyze proximate social innovators working to grow the power of immigrants, refugees, and communities of color in the U.S. and Canada. The initiative provides a continuum of support to new and alumni Echoing Green Fellows creating a future free from racism, white supremacy, colonialism, and xenophobia.

Together, Echoing Green and the WES Mariam Assefa Fund will invest in leaders representing immigrant and refugee communities and communities of color advancing racial equity, economic inclusion, and economic mobility by:

  • expanding the pipeline of these leaders working within the social innovation field,
  • elevating the direct expertise from immigrant and refugee communities, and communities of color, and
  • supporting leaders through the Echoing Green Fellowship.

Apply for the Fellowship

Through this Initiative, the Echoing Green Fellowship will fuel the impact of leaders working at the intersection of race and immigration. If you are or know a leader with an idea for transforming systems to support workers and their families, address education inequities, build wealth, or drive economic mobility, please sign up for more information about this Fellowship for early-stage social innovators or apply.

Learn more about the Fellowship

“We’re thrilled to partner with Echoing Green to back social innovators who are building up communities of color in the United States and Canada… As a funder focused on creating more inclusive economies, we seek to shift power and resources to leaders with direct knowledge and firsthand experience of their communities’ needs. This initiative will support Black, Latino, and Asian immigrants, among other communities, who add significant value where they live and work, but often go unrecognized.”

Nomzana Augustin
Senior Manager of Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives
WES Mariam Assefa Fund

Fellows Supported

Shelly Anand

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

Founder & CEO, Rosa Es Rojo, Inc.
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Summia Tora

Founder & Executive Director, Dosti Network
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Sheila Maddali

Co-Founder & Executive Director, National Legal Advocacy Network
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