Meet the inaugural class of GLG Social Impact Fellows:
Founder and CEO, Catchafire
Focus Area: Skills-based volunteerism
Rachael Chong is the Founder and CEO of Catchafire, the world’s leading skills-based volunteer platform, which connects professionals with nonprofits on projects that create positive social impact. Rachael has been named one of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders, Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, and received the NYC Venture Fellowship and the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award. Before Catchafire, Rachael helped start the US affiliate of the BRAC, the largest poverty alleviation organization in the world. To build her business acumen, Rachael worked at UBS Investment Bank after graduating from Barnard College. She has an MPP from Duke University and lives in New York.
Founder & Director, East Bali Cashews; Denpasar
Focus Area: Social Business
Aaron Fishman founded East Bali Cashews after his experience volunteering with an NGO in rural northeast Bali in 2011. While Aaron taught the public health staff about wound care and nutrition, they taught him about cashews, and told him that this impoverished region ships their cashews to India and Vietnam for processing. Within a few months he garnered the support of four local investors and launched East Bali Cashews to process the cashews locally. Aaron believes that community development is best achieved and sustained through empowering people, especially women. So far, the company has produced 500 tons of cashews, providing 210 new jobs and employing an 85% female workforce. EBC recently opened the region’s first preschool, a community early learning center for 60 children adjacent to the factory. He lives in Denpasar, Bali.
Christina Lewis Halpern
Founder and President, All Star Code
Focus Area: Technology
Christina Lewis Halpern is a social entrepreneur and award-winning journalist who is the founder of All Star Code, a nonprofit education organization that attracts, prepares, and places young men of color in the technology sector. Christina is a board member of the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation. The White House recognized her as a 2014 Champion of Change for STEM Access. She has been profiled in Domino and Vanity Fair and her work has been published in The New York Times Magazine among other publications. She graduated from Harvard College and lives in New York City.
Founder and CEO, Nuru International
Focus Area: Poverty alleviation
Jake graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy and served over seven years as an Infantry and Special Operations Platoon Commander in the Marine Corps. He led four operational deployments and was awarded the Bronze Star for actions in combat. From his experiences, Jake came to believe that the “War on Terror” wouldn’t be won on the battlefield alone: the contributing causes of terrorism – disenfranchisement, lack of education, and extreme poverty – must also be eradicated. Jake left his military career and enrolled at the Stanford Graduate School of Business to build an organization focused on tackling extreme poverty, Nuru International. He lives in Palo Alto.
Founder and CEO, Samasource
Focus Area: Economic empowerment
Leila Janah founded and leads Samasource, a nonprofit connecting underserved and underemployed people living in developing regions to microwork – computer-based tasks that build skills and generate income, and now part of the broader field of impact sourcing. Samasource moved 3,800 workers and their families over the poverty line in under five years and introduced a domestic program, SamaUSA, in 2013. Samasource received the Templeton Freedom Award, the Secretary’s Innovation Award from Hillary Clinton, and the Prix Netexplorateur from the French Senate. Leila received the inaugural Club de Madrid Young Leadership Award, presented by President Bill Clinton. In 2011, Leila co-founded Samahope, a crowdfunding site for medical treatments in developing countries. She received a BA from Harvard and resides in San Francisco.
Leticia M. Jáuregui C.
Founder & Executive Director, Crea Comunidades de Emprendedores Sociales
Focus Area: Women’s economic empowerment
Leticia Jauregui founded Crea Comunidades de Emprendedores Sociales (CREA) in 2008 to support Mexican female-led micro enterprises, focusing primarily on the manufacturing sector of food and handmade products and accessories. She has presented her work about remittances and micro entrepreneurial development at the Wharton School of Business, the Institute for Mexicans Abroad, the Organization of American States, and the OECD, among others. Her recognition since then includes the StartingBloc and Opportunity Collaboration Cordes Fellowships in 2010; being named an “Architect of the Future” by the Wazdell Institute in 2009, and the Echoing Green Fellowship in 2008. Leticia has two bachelors’ degrees from ITAM and two masters’ degrees from the University of California Davis. She lives in Mexico City.
Founder and Executive Director, City Health Works
Focus Area: Healthcare
Manmeet Kaur has worked in New York to improve the working conditions of “unregulated” workers, in India to stabilize the livelihoods of construction laborers at LabourNet, and in South Africa to help HIV+ individuals create employment with Mamelani Projects. Before launching City Health Works, Manmeet was an advisor to the Earth Institute’s One Million Community Health Worker Campaign. In launching City Health Works, she sought to apply innovations from developing countries to the U.S., providing support for individuals and families struggling with chronic diseases in the East Harlem community. Manmeet holds a B.A. in History/Anthropology from Barnard College, where she was selected as a Third Millennium Human Rights fellow, and an MBA from Columbia University. She lives in Harlem.
Chair & Co-Founder, The Resolution Project
Focus Area: Youth Entrepreneurship
Oliver Libby co-founded The Resolution Project in 2007, in order to create a unique pathway to action for aspiring young social entrepreneurs. Undergraduates often hear that they are leaders of tomorrow – rather than leaders of today. Resolution identifies young leaders through Social Venture Challenges, empowering them through Resolution Fellowships to implement their ventures and to develop as socially responsible leaders. With Fellows on all six inhabited continents, working in fields such as education, healthcare, human rights, water, energy, and sustainability, Resolution is building a generation of leaders with a lifelong commitment to social responsibility. Oliver is also a co-founder and Managing Director of Hatzimemos / Libby, a global growth catalyst firm focused on energy and advanced technologies. He is a Trustee of the Harvard Club of New York Foundation and lives in New York.
Founder & CEO, Agora Partnerships
Focus Area: Impact Entrepreneurship
Ben Powell is the Founder and CEO of Agora Partnerships, a nonprofit supporting early-stage entrepreneurs working to solve social problems across Latin America. Ben first became convinced of the power of small business to transform poor communities after co-founding CityGolf Puebla, a miniature golf course and family recreation center in Mexico. Ben earned an MSFS from Georgetown University then completed a Presidential Management Fellowship at the Office of Management and Budget. In 2005 he earned an MBA from Columbia University and launched Agora, working with entrepreneurs in Nicaragua. Since then, he has been named a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneur, a BMW Foundation Young Leader, an Ashoka Fellow, and one of the top 40 under 40 development leaders in Washington D.C. Ben is an alumnus of Haverford College and a native of Cambridge, Massachusetts. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Co-Founder and CEO, St. Bernard Project
Focus Area: Disaster recovery
Zack Rosenburg is the CEO and Co-Founder of St. Bernard Project, a long-term disaster recovery organization working to ensure that disaster-impacted citizens and communities recover promptly, efficiently, and predictably. Zack directs the strategic vision, marketing, partnership development, and fundraising for the organization, which he co-founded following Hurricane Katrina. Before founding SBP, he was a criminal defense attorney in Washington, D.C. Prior to his defense work, he founded Linking Communities for Educational Success (LINK), a non-profit organization that provides tutoring, mentoring, and after school education and enrichment services to at-risk junior high school students in Washington, D.C. Zack, a Belmont, Massachusetts native, is an alumnus of Ohio Weslyan University and received his J.D. from American University and an LLM from Georgetown University. He lives in New Orleans.
Founder & Chief Executive, Spark+Mettle; London, England
Focus Area: Youth Empowerment
Eugenie Teasley is founder and CEO of Spark+Mettle, a youth aspirations agency that builds character strengths, skills, and networks for less privileged young people. She holds degrees from Oxford University and UC Berkeley. She has taught in south London and has lived and worked in San Francisco. She speaks and writes on topics that center around flourishing, entrepreneurship, feminism, and youth development. She blogs for The Guardian about her experience as a Clore Social Leadership Programme Fellow. Eugenie lives in Brighton, England.
Founder and CEO, Venture for America
Focus Area: Entrepreneurship
Andrew Yang is Founder and CEO of Venture for America and the author of Smart People Should Build Things. Venture for America places top college graduates in startups in low-cost U.S. cities for two years, generating job growth and training the next generation of entrepreneurs. Andrew previously worked in startups and early-stage growth companies for more than twelve years. He was the CEO and President of Manhattan GMAT, a test preparation company acquired by Washington Post/Kaplan; co-founded an Internet company; and was an executive at a healthcare software startup. Andrew was named a Champion of Change by the White House in 2011 and one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2012 and 2013. He graduated from Columbia Law and Brown University and lives in New York.