2018 Fellows

Meet Our Social Enterprise Leaders


Executive Director, Thrive Community Health


Allyson Baker, BS in Marketing from University of Utah, Master’s in Education from University of Colorado, and ACIMD board certified Holistic Health Practitioner, is the respected, visionary Co-Founder and Executive Director of HUH Institute, a sustainable, biologically-sound, integrated health and community education center, home to BioDentist, BioVital, BioLogic 501©3, HUE Center.

Accomplished in transformative education and health, she is renowned for her creative, passionate leadership of an innovative organization.  Allyson has lifelong expertise in education, community development and organizing, leading-edge, ecological, health initiatives, and business management.

Allyson, in partnership with Dr. John Augspurger, BioDentist has co-created a vibrant, pioneering, community health and education center, showcasing international and local professionals in biological medicine, bio-dentistry, and learning arts, all in a nature-centric space.


Executive Director, After School All Stars


Daniela Grigioni began working as the Executive Director of After-School All-Stars DC in December 2015. She started at DCPS in 1994 in the Office of Bilingual Education working with bilingual population and later went on to be the project manager of a systemwide federal grant. In 2006, Daniela transitioned to a charter school, Briya, as project manager and compliance officer. In 2008, Daniela joined the Office of Out-of- School Time Programs (DCPS) to manage partnerships for afterschool services, going from program manager to the Interim Director position. Building relevant partnerships became her passion as only by providing equitable services youth in DC can receive the same opportunities to become successful Adults. Daniela was born in Rome, Italy. She holds a medical degree and came to the United States with her family in 1989, living in DC since with her family.

Danny Weissberg

CEO and Co-Founder, Voiceitt


Danny Weissberg is an engineer turned serial entrepreneur with experience leading and managing teams in Israel’s hi-tech scene for over fifteen years. After watching his grandmother suffer a stroke, which left her with unintelligible speech, Danny was inspired to create Voiceitt, a voice recognition technology that allows people with speech impairments to communicate with anyone, anywhere. As CEO & Co-Founder,  he leads a team of skilled technologists, business professionals, speech and occupational therapists through headquarters on two continents. He is driven by the company’s core mission and vision: to employ sophisticated technology to improve lives. Today, Voiceitt is in the advanced stages of development and is being tested on three continents, with hundreds of beta users, in four languages. Danny holds a B.Sc. with Honors in Civil Engineering from the Technion Institute of Technology in Israel.


Chairman & Founder, Hire Our Heroes


Dan Caporale is the Chairman and Founder of Hire Our Heroes (HOH), a not-for-profit organization founded by veterans for veterans. It’s mission: to empower veterans and employers with the knowledge, skills, and innovative tools necessary to optimize a strategic workforce, while taking a National approach to lowering Veteran unemployment and under employment. Additionally, Dan is the founder of ​HireOurHeroes.com​, Americas #1 veteran job board. For over 25 years, Dan Caporale has stood as an advocate of America’s servicemen and women. His dedication to our nation’s active duty defenders and veterans has become a tireless crusade of support, service and gratitude to all those who have served before him to protect our freedom and serve our country. A proven leader and Marine Corps veteran, Dan was a Sergeant with experience in multiple disciplines with his primary experience as a Satellite Communications Specialist in the United States Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve.


Executive Director, Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington


Rev. David B. Wolf, Executive Director of Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington (SMGW) since 2012, has served and lived in urban, multicultural environments for many years.  Through its Next Step Program, SMGW provides a robust offering of services for homeless, unemployed and other participants committed to making significant changes in their lives and includes the rigorous STRIVE job readiness training course that makes SMGW an affiliate of STRIVE International. The ministry is a partnership of almost 60 congregations and schools throughout the Greater Washington area. David holds a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS), a law degree from George Washington University Law School, and a B.A. in Philosophy form Bates College in Maine.


Founder and CEO, Lava Mae


Doniece is the founder of Lava Mae, a nonprofit that began by converting buses into showers and toilets on wheels for the homeless. Driven by a fierce belief everyone has the right to ben clean, she launched Lava Mae after learning about the appalling lack of access to hygiene available to people experiencing homelessness. Her work has created a ripple effect, touching the lives of 11,000 Californians and inspiring 50+ similar programs around the globe. Doniece credits Lava Mae’s international visibility to its focus on dignity and Radical Hospitality. A 2017 CNN Hero and 2016 KIND People Award recipient, she’ most proud of the moniker given to her by her 11-year old daughter who calls her a Homeless Superhero.


Founder and CEO, Prisere


Donna Childs is the founder of Prisere LLC, a business that builds capacity for climate and disaster risk resilience. Prior to founding Prisere, Donna was a director and member of senior management of the Swiss Reinsurance Company. Donna serves as an advisor to the climate change lab of the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery. She has delivered projects for the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. This past year, she has led climate and disaster risk projects in Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Turkey. Donna’s expertise in climate and disaster risk resilience has been recognized by major news media, such as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.


President and CEO, Ibasho


As an environmental gerontologist, Dr. Emi Kiyota, based in Washington, DC, focuses on improving both the built environment and the organizational culture of long term care for elders. Inspired by living in a nursing home during her graduate studies, Kiyota has become an expert on age-friendly housing, hospitals, and clinical care centers in the US, Europe, Asia, and Africa and frequently speaks on these issues at international gatherings. In 2010, she founded Ibasho, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable communities that value their elders, embodying the Japanese concept of “a place where one feels at home being oneself.” Through her work, she continues working to create a shared future for elders internationally in which aging is something not to fear but to enjoy as a valued community member. Her vision is to provide elders with a range of opportunities to contribute to the whole community. She is president and CEO of Ibasho, as well as serving on the board of directors of International Homes and Services of Aging. She was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at the Graduate School of Design in Harvard University in 2017, and a Rockefeller Bellagio residency fellowship in 2011.


Founder & CEO, FEBA Inc.


Enrique Young is the Founder and CEO of ​FEBA, Inc​. Dba FEBA Security Services, providing armed and unarmed security guard, event staffing and security consulting services to federal, state and commercial clients. With its headquarters in Largo, Maryland, FEBA Security Services is certified as a Service Disable Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) in the state of Maryland. Before his current position with FEBA, Inc., Mr. Young honorably served more than 29 years of military service and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He is a General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award recipient, Pentagon inductee 1999. This award is given to a mid-level management officer who demonstrated the highest degree of military leadership amongst all peers nationwide to include overseas. Mr. Young served a host of military assignments as a Military Police Officer both home and abroad to include two combat tours as an embedded trainer, Iraq in 2005 and Afghanistan in 2008. 


Founder & CEO, TAC Integrated Solutions


Fred Barnes is Founder and CEO of ​TAC Integrated Solutions​, an IT and Professional Services firm specializing in protecting critical information (enterprise & network defense) and empowering information discovery (analysis) in support of customers in the Defense, Intelligence, and National Security markets. Prior to this role, Mr. Barnes was a Supervisory Special Agent with the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service [NCIS]. During his tenure as a Special Agent, Mr. Barnes’ primary responsibility was identifying and neutralizing foreign enemy threats to the Naval Aviation Enterprise. Mr. Barnes was a key architect in the establishment of a government – industry partnership with manufacturers and/or exporters of strategic technology and components to prevent sensitive U.S. technologies and weapons systems from being inappropriately acquired by foreign adversaries. During one of his “classified missions”, Mr. Barnes appeared in a brief non-speaking cameo appearance on the CBS Series of NCIS, Season 5, Episode 4. Mr. Barnes served in the Active Duty US Navy as a Cryptologic Technician (Collection).

Gayatri Datar

Co-Founder and CEO, EarthEnable


Gayatri Datar is the CEO and Co-Founder of EarthEnable, a social enterprise that aims to make living conditions healthier for the world’s poor. While in business school in 2013, she took a design school class that sent her to Rwanda with the goal of finding a way to make the rural home healthier. She and her team were struck by the challenges of dirt floors for families in Rwanda as they were breeding ground for pathogens, parasites, and bacteria, not to mention incredibly uncomfortable to live on. The team decided to focus on finding a more affordable and more environmentally sustainable alternative to concrete, and discovered earthen flooring. Earthen floors are a niche design trend in the US, made of compacted earth and sealed with a drying oil. The team tested this type of floor in Rwanda, and the results were amazing. Thus, EarthEnable was born. Previously, Gayatri served as a  Senior Consultant at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, where she focused on social entrepreneurship, energy access, and agriculture. She holds a Bachelor’s degree of Arts in Economics from Harvard College, a Master’s degree in Public Administration in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she was an Arjay Miller Scholar.

Gulika Reddy

Founder and Director, Schools of Equality


Gulika is a human rights lawyer and the Founder & Director of Schools of Equality, a non-profit that runs activity-based programs in schools with the aim to shift social attitudes that perpetuate gender-based violence and other forms of identity-based discrimination. She has worked with lawyers, non-profits and academic institutions to prevent and respond to gender-based violence by representing women in court, conducting rights awareness, sensitization programs and working towards mainstreaming human rights education. She is currently a Dubin Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and was a Human Rights Fellow at Columbia Law School. In 2016, Columbia Law School's Human Rights Institute awarded her a Commendation for Leadership and Commitment in Human Rights, and the World Economic Forum named her one of the Davos 50. She was also recognized with the TalentNomics Global

Dr. Iffat Aga

Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer, Sehat Kahani


Dr. Iffat Zafar is the Co-Founder and CEO of Sehat Kahani, an e-health company in Pakistan working on improving health care in communities through a spectrum of services focused on primary health care consultation, health awareness and health counseling utilizing ICT enabled platforms. She is currently doing her Masters in Global E-Health from University of Edinburgh through a Commonwealth Scholarship. Dr. Iffat was a mentor for the GIST Tech-I Applicants 2017-18, and is also working as a mentor for Cherie Blair Foundation. She is a 2016 Alumni of USAID TFP Program,  MIT Sloan School of Management (for Entrepreneurship Development) and SPRING Accelerator Cohort 2 (2017).

Dustin M. Haggett

Founder & Board Director, Impact Hub Salt Lake and Veterans Stand United


Dustin M. Haggett is Founder and Board Director of ​Impact Hub Salt Lake​. Impact Hub provides Utah’s entrepreneurs, investors, and freelance professionals a dedicated space to connect and co-create ventures that benefit the community and world at large. Impact Hub was founded in London in 2005 and is part of a larger, global community of more than 20,000 change makers spanning six continents who collaborate on enterprising ideas for a better world. In addition to Dustin’s role at Impact Hub, he serves as Board Director and Vice President at Warrior Rising, a start-up accelerator for US Veterans; serves on the real estate development team at Summit Powder Mountain--working to build a next-generation alpine town and innovation zone; develops partnerships and programming at Summit Institute; and is Founder at ​Veterans Stand United​, an organization that connects active and former military volunteers with human-rights NGOs around the world. Outside of his business endeavors Dustin served in the U.S. Army as a reservist for eight years and is a combat veteran of the Iraq War.

Immaculate Bih

Founder and CEO, ICON


Tim Immaculate Bih is a civil engineer, CEO/Founder of ICON Co. Ltd and passionate about reaching infrastructure challenges in Cameroon. She has revitalized over 50 classrooms and 40 Ventilated Improved Pit toilets in her community and is currently working to supply affordable homes in Cameroon. Immaculate has participated in five international accelerator programs and has the ability to build relationships, embody personal values and act with integrity. Being raised in a community with the stereotype that linked masculinity to engineering, she overcame these challenges and is currently volunteering in raising awareness on STEM education for girls in her community. She won the 2017 Regional/Country Award for Africa’s Most Influential Woman in Business in the Building and Construction sector.

Jean Bosco

CEO, Habona LTD


Jean Bosco Nzeyimana is the Founder and CEO of HABONA Ltd, a company that produces affordable and environmentally friendly fuels in form of biomass briquettes and fertilizers from waste. Under his leadership, Habona’s offerings have reached over 1500 people, and 25 permanent jobs have been created. Jean Bosco is also the Co-Founder and Director of Strategy of Kitabi Ecocenter – a new joint venture his company organized in partnership with local residents around Nyungwe National Park. The joint venture aims to uplift the livelihood of communities around the park through ecotourism and biodiversity conservation. His initiatives awarded Jean Bosco several accolades such as hosting a panel with the former U.S. President Obama, and winning the 2014 Rwanda top young innovator prize.

Jessica Johnson

Founder and Executive Director, Scholarship Academy


Jessica Johnson is a Howard University graduate and recipient of over $200,000 in scholarships. As the Founder and Executive Director of The Scholarship Academy, she has spent the last decade serving as a family scholarship consultant and travels throughout the country conducting scholarship workshops for organizations such as The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), The U.S. Department of Labor, The New York Urban League and the National Center of Philanthropy. Jessica is author of The Scholarship Workbook: A 3-Step Guide Scholarship Tutorial. Because of her commitment to helping students pursue debt-free degrees, Jessica has received numerous awards: Inaugural Echoing Green Black Male Achievement Fellow, the NAACP's Entrepreneur of the Month, Ebony Magazine’s Educate Young Minds Award, Root Magazine’s Top 100 Emerging Leaders, and the Center for Financial Enterprise Development’s Innovative College Access Champion Award. She has been featured on Ebony.com, Black Enterprise, the Black Issues in Higher Education Magazine, the NAACP Crisis Magazine and on the cover of React magazine.


Founder & CEO, The Vets Group


Joe Wynn founded ​The Vets Group​ in 2004, as a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. for Veterans to achieve economic empowerment through Education, Training & Entrepreneurship. In 2010, Joe established the ​Vets Group Training Academy​ that offers occupational skills training for high demand occupations in the Information Technology (IT) industry for veterans, their families and persons of limited means. As a veterans advocate, Joe holds over 20 years of combined service, including National Vice-Commander and Legislative Liaison on Capitol Hill for the National Association for Black Veterans; Special Advisor to the Director of Government Relations, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA); Executive Committee for the Veterans Entrepreneurship Task Force (VET-Force); D.C. Mayor’s Veterans Advisory Board; NAACP National Veterans Affairs Committee; and the US Veterans Chamber of Commerce. Joe is a US Air Force and Vietnam-Era Veteran; serving with the 66th Strategic Missile Flight Squadron stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base South Dakota and received an Honorable Discharge.


Founder, Startup 50 Plus


Joyce Schwarz is a serial entrepreneur, best-selling author and one of the top experts on emerging technology. Her record of success includes advising on the launch of more than 50 startups ranging from emusic.com to the Xbox Kinect. She is the founder of Startup50plus.com , the world's first business accelerator where one founder is age 50 plus. She also heads, the Center for Successful Recareering as seen In the Walk Street Journal which will work in conjunction with the accelerator to serve the challenges of the Longevity economy.

Startup50plus offers startup training. venture catalyst services and marketing, PR.branding and launch consulting and an investment fund which includes corporate partnerships.sponsorships and PBS style underwriting in addition to private equity funding. Startup50plus was described by CBS news as the Ycombinator for seasoned managers and executives.


Founder and CEO, Street Entrepreneurs


Juliana Cardona Mejia, is an inquisitive, passionate, and creative thinker that is eternally iterating community solutions to drive action and impact. In 2015 she founded Street Entrepreneurs (SE), an inclusive accelerator. SE connects entrepreneurs to human, social and economic capital via workshops, a talent exchange and a showcase. Prior to establishing SE, Juliana had over 10 years of experience volunteering with disadvantaged, low-income and marginalized populations in over five countries and with over 20 grassroots organizations. She is a Global Good Fellow and is committed to localized impact.

Kelly Orians

Executive Director, Rising Foundations


Kelly Orians is the co-founder and Executive Director of Rising Foundations, an organization that works to stop the cycle of incarceration through community economic development.  Kelly started her career advocating for prisoner’s rights at The Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana (JJPL) managing a statewide campaign to End Life Without Parole Sentencing for Juveniles (JLWOP). She worked on the legal team that secured the release of the first two people in the country under the US Supreme Court ruling in Graham v. Florida, which declared JLWOP sentences unconstitutional in non-homicide cases. After nearly half a century in prison, those men were released in the middle of the night from the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Kelly met them at the front gates that night, drove them home, and personally guided them through their transition. It was during these very exciting (albeit uncertain) weeks that Kelly launched her first “communal loan fund,” raising and dispersing zero interest loans to her clients to assist them with meeting the demands of their reentry process. With this mission in mind, Kelly enrolled at UCLA where she specialized in Public Interest Law and Policy, Critical Race Studies and Business Law and Policy. While at UCLA, Kelly was published in the National Black Law Journal, where she addressed persistent barriers to financial security for formerly incarcerated people. In 2015 Kelly was awarded the prestigious Echoing Green Fellowship to launch Rising Foundations.

Makeda Ricketts

CEO and Founder, Pink Think


Makeda Ricketts founded PinkThink because of her frustration with trying to find educational toys for her younger sister. PinkThink makes cStyle Bracelets, an innovative wearable that teaches girls coding skills. As CEO of PinkThink, Makeda has received numerous awards for her work, including earning title of Maker of the Year by the International Alley Awards and being selected by Chicago Scholars as one of the 35 Under 35 Impactful Leaders. She has also been in the Huffington Post, Forbes and other national publications, and was recognized by Chicago Woman Magazine as a 2016 “Woman to Watch." Makeda earned a BA from Wellesley College and an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Rose Wang

CEO and Co-Founder, Chirps Chips


Rose is the Co-Founder and CEO of Chirps, a company that is bringing sustainable and nutritious insect protein to the mainstream. She is a Forbes 30 under 30 social entrepreneur, Shark Tank survivor, ELLE USA Impact Award winner, Echoing Green climate fellow, MassChallenge Gold Winner, Harvard Dean's Design Challenge winner, BHSI fellow, Global Good Fund fellow, and TEDx speaker. Rose previously worked in strategy and marketing at Abercrombie and Microsoft. She also has a passion for education and sits on the board of an education non-profit, Wema Inc., in Kenya. Rose is a graduate of Harvard College.

Scott Austin Key

CEO and Co-Founder, Emergency Floor


Scott Austin Key is co-founder of Good Works Studio, the creative force behind Emergency Floor. What started as a student research project at the Rice School of Architecture is now a quickly scaling solution that addresses many of the deplorable conditions millions of refugees suffer through on a daily basis. A recipient of the Design Futures Council Emerging Leader Award and a USAID DIV grantee, Scott continually pushes his enterprise towards growing impact, self-sustaining sales and a diverse portfolio of innovative shelter-related provisions


President and CEO, Goodwill Industries of East Texas


Kimberly B. Lewis is the President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of East Texas and has more than 17 years of executive level experience.In addition to being a 2018 Global Good Diana Davis Spencer Fellow, her leadership has led her organization to be awarded the 2017 Center of Excellence Award from Goodwill Industries International and the 2017 Impact Award from the East Texas Human Needs Network. In 2018, she launched GoodTech Academy to train adults age 50 and older for the CompTIA A+ certification. Graduates will be placed in jobs with business partners or internally with Goodwill’s managed IT service – GoodTech Services. Her goal is to even the playing field for older adults and narrow the digital divide.

Kiron Chandy

Co-Founder & CEO, Consult Your Community


After witnessing the turnover of small businesses surrounding her college campus and seeing the impact young people were making as startup founders in Silicon Valley, Kiron saw an opportunity to co-found Consult Your Community, a nonprofit that now empowers over 300+ student volunteers to provide pro bono consulting services to small businesses in over 15 college communities across America. An avid reader and writer, she spends her spare time writing about young community builders in the Huffington Post, where she was invited to blog after cold emailing Arianna Huffington. Kiron graduated with Distinction from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business and a B.A. in French. She started her career at PwC as a management consultant working primarily for healthcare clients.



Founder and CEO, Job IQ


Molly is a serial entrepreneur who likes to write, draw, dance, and share storytelling. In her book, Job-IQ Stories: Mistakes, Miracles, and Meaningful Work, she tells about building a successful health marketing company. She likes to inspire others to dream and create soul-full, authentic, and engaging life work. A baby boomer, Molly has climbed the career ladder and now wants to enjoy the view without falling off or losing the chance to bring value, work hard, and participate in community. She’s a fan of generations learning from one another. Molly is CEO of Job-IQ, and recently developed a mobile phone app that provides Career Development in Your Pocket www.Job- IQ.com.


Owner & Operator, Jetseal Inc.


Phillip Scott is a Navy Veteran and Entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience specializing in diversified areas such as General Contracting, Business Management, Firefighting and Emergency Medical Services. In 1991, Phillip joined The US Navy as a Damage Controlman on The USS Harlan County. He was with a small division of sailors that oversaw training and work necessary for damage control, ship stability, firefighting, and CBR warfare defense. Phillip is also a 20 year Professional in the Baltimore City Fire Department and is committed to helping protect the community from disaster situations, including house and building fires, along with promoting an environment of public safety within the City of Baltimore. Phillip is the Owner and Operator of Jetseal Inc. an Asphalt Maintenance Company which provides services to prolong and protect asphalt driveways and parking lots. These services include but not limited to sealcoating, striping, and crack filling. Over the years he has been very successful in building a reputable company with the increasing desire and drive to expand the business to the next level.


Founder and CEO, Cozymeal


Sam Nasserian is the founder & CEO of Cozymeal, the leading U.S. platform connecting guests with local, professional chefs through cooking classes and team-building experiences. While providing customers with easy access to top chefs, Cozymeal is a meaningful source of income for chefs by offering better lifestyle than the traditional restaurant business. A significant portion of Cozymeal's chefs are at the age of 50+ years. An online marketplace and sharing economy veteran, Sam has a long track record of successfully launching and growing online businesses. Sam has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics and Management from RWTH Aachen University (Germany) and Stanford University.


Founder, The Best Bees Company


Noah Wilson-Rich, Ph.D. is a biologist / professor / NYTimes, LATimes, and National Geographic contributor / two-time TEDx speaker / beekeeper / uncle.  He has 20 academic publications with Harvard, Tufts, MIT, and Northeastern. Noah is CEO of The Best Bees Company, a beekeeping service that installs and manages beehives for home gardens and city rooftops nationwide. He partnered his book tour for The Bee: A Natural History (Princeton) with the company’s expansion across nine cities, meeting with and hiring local beekeepers along the way. Noah earned his Ph.D. in biology from Tufts University in 2011. Best Bees proceeds fund research at the Urban Beekeeping Laboratory and Bee Sanctuary, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. For more information, visit www.bestbees.com and www.beesanctuary.org.


CEO and Founder, The Empowerment Plan


Founder and CEO of Empowerment Plan, an organization around a single idea: to design a coat for homeless people made by the formerly homeless, Veronika Scott has transformed countless lives through her empowering social entrepreneurship. Self-heated and waterproof, the trademark coat doubles as a sleeping bag at night. This coat has changed workforce development and has evolved into a system of ending generational poverty through employment.

Veronika is a CNN Hero and the youngest recipient of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award from the JFK Library Foundation and Harvard University. She has been named one of CNN’s Ten Visionary Women in the World and in 2015 achieved Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur.