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Thursday, May 30 • 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Celebration Program: Everyone a Changemaker

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We will celebrate the most recently elected Ashoka Fellows and their outstanding innovations. In addition, we will host the Banking on Youth Pitch CompetitionSix young changemaker finalists will pitch their ideas for a social venture. Your vote helps a team win the Audience Choice award of $5,000. 


Featured Contributors
avatar for Eboo Patel

Eboo Patel

Founder & President, Interfaith Youth Core
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Jourdan Urbach

National Director, Jefferson Awards for Public Service
@JourdanUrbach | Jourdan Urbach is an award-winning musician and social entrepreneur, currently serving as National Director for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service, and Goodwill Ambassador to the UN Arts for Peace Council. Jourdan now resides in Park Slope, Brooklyn.In 1998, Jourdan founded his first non-profit, Children Helping Children to leverage his early music success to raise funds for children stricken with neurological illnesses. To... Read More →

Ashoka Fellows
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Ai-jen Poo

Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
@aijenpoo | Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), has been organizing immigrant women workers since 1996. In 2000 she co-founded Domestic Workers United, the New York organization that spearheaded the successful passage of the state’s historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010. In 2007, DWU helped organize the first national domestic workers convening, out of which formed the NDWA. Ai-jen serves on... Read More →
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Alexandra Bernadotte

Founder & CEO, Beyond 12
@abernadotte | Alex Bernadotte is the founder and chief executive officer of Beyond 12, a nonprofit that integrates personalized coaching with intelligent technology to increase the number of traditionally underserved students who earn a college degree. She has more than 15 years of executive management and strategic development experience in both the nonprofit and private sectors. Before creating Beyond 12, she served as an Associate Partner... Read More →
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Catherine Rohr

Founder and CEO, Defy Ventures
Catherine Rohr started Defy two years ago after founding and leading the Prison Entrepreneurship Program, a nonprofit organization that serves men throughout the Texas prison system. Under Catherine’s leadership, PEP was nationally recognized for its groundbreaking results, including 600 graduates, a return-to-prison rate of less than 5% (compared to the national average of 50%), and an employment rate of 98%. In her six-year career in... Read More →
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Dana Mortenson

Co-Founder & Executive Director, World Savvy
@DLCMSavvy | Dana has dedicated her professional life to educating and engaging youth in community and world affairs, to close the Global Competency gap in American education. Her deep belief in the transformative power of global education to contribute to peace, justice and equity on a global scale led her to co-found World Savvy in 2002. She has since led the organization through extensive growth and expansion –reaching more than... Read More →
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David Lubell

Executive Director/ Founder, Welcoming America
@WelcomingUSA | David Lubell is the founder of Welcoming America and has been Executive Director since October of 2009. Welcoming America is a national, grassroots-driven collaborative working to create a welcoming atmosphere – community by community – in which immigrants are more likely to integrate into the social fabric of their adopted hometowns. Welcoming America is currently supporting initiatives in 20 states, and is the only... Read More →
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Ellen Moir

CEO, New Teacher Center
Ellen Moir is Chief Executive Officer of the New Teacher Center (NTC), a national organization dedicated to improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers and school leaders. She is recognized as a passionate advocate for our nation’s newest teachers and for the students they teach.Ellen founded NTC in 1998 to scale high quality teacher induction services to a national audience. NTC strengthens school... Read More →
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Eric Glustrom

President, Educate!
@educateorg | Eric Glustrom is the founder of University x and Educate!, two organizations spreading mentorship-driven leadership and entrepreneurship education throughout Uganda, the US and beyond through open-source replication. Educate! (based in Uganda) and University x (based in the US) selects students with promising ideas to solve complex global challenges then provides the mentorship, training and networks to help advance their... Read More →
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Fletcher Harper

Executive Director, GreenFaith
@revfharper | Fletcher Harper, an Episcopal priest, is Executive Director of GreenFaith, a national interfaith environmental coalition. An award-winning spiritual writer and nationally-recognized preacher on the environment, he has developed a range of innovative programs to make GreenFaith a leader in the fast-growing religious-environmental movement. A graduate of Princeton University and Union Theological Seminary, Harper served as a... Read More →
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George Roter

CEO and Co-Founder, Engineers Without Borders Canada
@geroter | George is the co-founder and CEO of Engineers Without Borders (Canada). He and Parker Mitchell founded the Canadian organization in 2000. Roter received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo and left part-way through his master's degree to focus full-time on Engineers Without Borders.
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Jason McLennan

CEO, International Living Future Institute
Considered one of the most influential individuals in the green building movement today, Jason F. McLennan’s work has made a strong impact on the shape and direction of green building in the United States and Canada and he is a much sought after presenter and consultant on a wide variety of green building and sustainability topics around the world.McLennan serves as the CEO of the International Living Future Institute – a leading... Read More →
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Jeff Edmondson

Managing Director, Strive Network
Areas of Expertise • K-16 Education • Cradle to Career Education • Data-Driven Decisions • Powerful Partnerships • Student Outcomes • Staff Mediation • Conflict Resolution Jeff Edmondson is managing director of the Strive Network, a national cradle-to-career initiative that brings together leaders in Pre-K-12 schools, higher education, business and industry, community organizations, government leaders, parents and other stakeholders... Read More →
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Jose Quinonez

Executive Director, Mission Asset Fund
@mafpajarito | José is Mission Asset Fund’s (MAF) founding Executive Director. MAF is an award-winning nonprofit organization that integrates financially excluded low-income and immigrant communities into the financial mainstream by offering innovative and culturally relevant financial programs, products, and services. Most recently, Jose was selected to Chair the Consumer Advisory Board of the CFPB; awarded the 2012 American... Read More →
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Josh Nesbit

CEO, Medic Mobile
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Katherine Freund

President & Executive Director, ITNAmerica
@itnamerica | Katherine Freund is the founder of the Independent Transportation Network®(ITN), and founder and President of ITNAmerica®. Katherine has a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy from the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She Chaired the Task Force to Study the Safe Mobility of Maine’s Aging Population, served... Read More →
avatar for Katherine Lucey

Katherine Lucey

CEO, Solar Sister
@Solar_Sister | Katherine Lucey is Founder and CEO of Solar Sister, an award winning social enterprise eradicating energy poverty through the power of women’s enterprise. Prior to Solar Sister, Katherine enjoyed a successful 20-year career on Wall Street specializing in structured finance. She is an Ashoka Fellow, a Draper Richards Kaplan Entrepreneur and a of graduate of Santa Clara University’s Global Social Business Incubator.
avatar for Kendis Paris

Kendis Paris

Executive Director, Truckers Against Trafficking
Kendis Paris is the executive director of Truckers Against Trafficking, a 501(c)3 organization that exists to educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking and travel plaza industry to combat domestic sex trafficking. She’s been involved in fighting human trafficking since 2008, when, as one of her initial efforts, she co-coordinated a national Human Trafficking Awareness Conference in Denver, Colorado. Recently, she... Read More →
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Louise Langheier

CEO, Co-Founder, Peer Health Exchange
Louise serves as the CEO and Co-Founder of Peer Health Exchange (PHE), a national non-profit organization whose mission is to give teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions. They do this by training college students to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools that lack health education. Since 2003, PHE has trained 5,000 college student volunteers to reach 57,000 high school students across five... Read More →
avatar for Michael O'Brien

Michael O'Brien

CEO, iMentor
@MOB00 | Mike O’Brien is the Chief Executive Officer of iMentor. iMentor builds mentoring relationships that empower students in low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. iMentor partners with high schools and provides every student in the school with a mentor. Students and mentors work one-on-one, in-person and online, to develop strong personal relationships, nurture a college... Read More →
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Michelle Hedlund

Founder, Recycle Across America
@RecycleAcrossAm | Mitch has over 20 years experience in marketing, communications and branding, serving Fortune 500 companies, as well as serving small to midsized companies. In fact, she has relied heavily on those communications and branding disciplines to develop the society-wide standardized labeling system for recycling bins – Recycle Across America. Mitch has proven to be an effective entrepreneur and businessperson by being able... Read More →
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Norman Atkins

President, Relay Graduate School of Education
@norman_atkins | Norman Atkins is the Co-Founder and President of Relay Graduate School of Education (formerly known as Teacher U), a path-breaking new institution of higher education designed to train and develop public school teachers, initially in New York and New Jersey. Atkins is also the Founder, Board Chair, and former CEO of Uncommon Schools, a nonprofit charter management organization recognized for starting and operating among the... Read More →
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Philipp Schmidt

Executive Director, Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU)
@schmidtphi | German born education activist. Cofounded Peer 2 Peer University and OpenCourseWare Consortium. Currently based at the MIT Media Lab as a Director's fellow.
avatar for Robert Master

Robert Master

CEO, Commonwealth Care Alliance
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Rushika Fernandopulle

CEO, Iora Health
@rushika1 | Rushika Fernandopulle is a practicing physician and co-founder and CEO of Iora Health, a healthcare services firm based in Cambridge MA whose mission is to build a radically new model of primary care to improve quality and service and reduce overall expenditures. In 2012 he was named an Ashoka Global Fellow, and is also a member of the Albert Schweitzer and Salzburg Global Fellowships. Before Iora Health, he was the first... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Hemminger

Sarah Hemminger

Chief Executive Officer, Incentive Mentoring Program
Sarah Hemminger co-founded the Incentive Mentoring Program with her husband Ryan Hemminger in 2004. She has nine years of experience in nonprofit management and expertise in the development, expansion, and replication of innovative, paradigm-shifting models that build non-traditional, intentional families to radically reconfigure an adolescent’s social support structure. Sarah has a deep understanding of the challenges that face students in... Read More →
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Saru Jayaraman

Co-Founder, Restaurant Opportunities Centers Unite
avatar for Sascha Meinrath

Sascha Meinrath

Director, Open Technology Institute, New America Foundation
@saschameinrath | Sascha Meinrath is vice president of the New America Foundation and director of the Open Technology Institute. In 2012 he was named one of the top 100 in Newsweek's Digital Power Index and he has been described as a "community Internet pioneer" and an "entrepreneurial visionary." He is a well-known expert on community wireless networks, municipal broadband, and telecommunications policy. In 2009 he was named one of Ars... Read More →
avatar for Sasha Chanoff

Sasha Chanoff

Founder and Executive Director, RefugePoint
@SashaChanoff | Sasha Chanoff is the founder of RefugePoint, an organization that works to provide lasting solutions for the world's most vulnerable refugees. Prior to founding RefugePoint, Sasha consulted with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and worked with the International Organization for Migration throughout Africa, identifying refugees in danger, undertaking rescue missions, and working on refugee... Read More →
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Scott Hartl

President & CEO, Expeditionary Learning
Scott Hartl is President/ CEO of Expeditionary Learning (EL). EL partners with school districts and charter boards to open new schools and transform existing schools, pre-K-12, in all settings – urban, rural, and suburban. EL’s model challenges students to think critically and take active roles in their classrooms and communities, resulting in higher achievement and greater school engagement. EL is developing the state-wide Common... Read More →
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Seth Flaxman

Executive Director, TurboVote
Seth co-founded TurboVote while receiving a Master's in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He previously worked as a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations (where he founded CFR's annual capture the flag game), a program administrator at the Institute for International Education, and a berktern at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. While earning a BA in economics at Columbia University, Seth... Read More →
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Stacey Epperson

President & CEO, Next Step Network
@staceyepperson | Stacey Epperson, President & CEO of the Next Step® Network, is a native of rural Kentucky and has worked in affordable housing throughout her entire career. In 2010, she assumed leadership of Next Step, a social venture that mobilizes a national network of nonprofits to provide energy-efficient, affordable housing solutions tailored to the needs of their communities. Next Step’s partnership with Clayton Homes and... Read More →
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Will Byrne

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Groundswell
@will_byrne | As Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Will oversees the strategy and management of Groundswell. Under his leadership, Groundswell has grown into one of the most innovative social sector organizations in the United States’ emerging clean energy economy.In 2012, he was awarded a Fellowship from Ashoka Innovators for the Public, the world’s largest social entrepreneurship network. In addition, Forbes magazine named... Read More →
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Zoe Finch Totten

CEO, The Full Yield, Inc.
@thefullyield | Founder and CEO of The Full Yield, Inc., Ashoka Fellow, Yale-trained midwife, member of PAPSAC, advisor to Feeding 10 Billion.


Thursday May 30, 2013 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Newseum 7th Floor 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001

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