2016 Fellows

Amazing people doing important work

Our fellows were selected from a pool of more than 200 applicants to trailblaze social innovation using technology and design.

Design

Andres
Rodriguez

Design

A creative team player with the ability to successfully convert ideas to goals, inspire teams and create interactive experiences. With over seven years of experience on interactive design, Andres has specialized on art direction, web/UI design, user experience and conceptualization. He co-started a digital production studio in New York City, where he experienced all the phases of digital projects from start to finish, and where he focused his abilities as an art director and digital designer for five years. His credentials include a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design and an Associate degree in Computer Science.

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Andres </br> Rodriguez

Andres
Rodriguez

Design

Devon
Hirth

Design

Devon is a design technologist who helps design and build products for social impact.
Previously he worked with brands such as American Express, Bloomberg, Businessweek,
Sony Entertainment, and most recently co-founded a financial tech startup called Quadrant.io which provides access to macroeconomic data.

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Devon </br> Hirth

Devon
Hirth

Design

Marianne
Berkovich

Design

Marianne has helped teams at Google, Adobe, and Lockheed Martin generate insights about people in order to build great products for them. She is energized by equipping everyone with skills to learn about people's needs to create technology solutions that work. She holds a Masters in Human Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Marianne </br> Berkovich

Marianne
Berkovich

Design

Stephanie
Yim

Design

Stephanie is a UX designer passionate about designing experiences that delight and challenge our expectations and beliefs. Since graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. in Human Computer Interaction and Decision Science, she has designed global digital products for MasterCard. She is also an avid dabbler in lettering and is also currently working on a personal project called Why Not Experiments, a series of projects where she engages with strangers to remind them of the little joys in life.

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Stephanie </br>  Yim

Stephanie
Yim

Design

Thomas
Officer

Design

Thomas helps people shape and launch their ideas. He is a Scottish-trained attorney with a Masters in Law in securities regulation. Thomas also completed a UX/UI Design bootcamp and taught himself front-end development.

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Thomas </br> Officer

Thomas
Officer

Design

Judy
Siegel

Designer

Judy is a Senior Interaction Designer at Ericsson. She has previously worked for CNN Digital, the CDC and the DNC. She loves to apply design thinking to social justice ventures and has served as UX Designer with UX for Good in the past. She holds an MS in Human-Computer Interaction from Georgia Tech.

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Judy </br> Siegel

Judy
Siegel

Designer

Engineering

Ethan
Resnick

Engineering

Ethan works as a UX designer and programmer, trying to help build a better democracy. He's worked for journalistic organizations including the New York Times, Huffington Post, and Overview. He recently graduated from NYU's Gallatin School.

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Ethan </br> Resnick

Ethan
Resnick

Engineering

Eugene
Lynch

Engineering

Eugene is interested in building software to (1) make information more transparent and easily accessible, (2) represent data in a way which is beautiful and informative, and (3) develop digital communities centered on resource-sharing. In previous years, he's done computational chemistry research at Hope College, built instrumentation for chemical analysis at NASA-JPL, built electronic musical instruments with the Multimedia Orchestra at Berkeley and String Theory Labs, and taught web development at Enspiral Dev Academy. In his free time, he makes music with hardware synths and works on JavaScript visual art projects.

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Eugene </br> Lynch

Eugene
Lynch

Engineering

Jonathan
Stray

Engineering

Jonathan Stray is a journalist and a computer scientist who's written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Wired, Foreign Policy and ProPublica. He teaches computational journalism at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, and leads the Overview Project, an open source visualization system to help investigative journalists make sense of very large document sets. He was formerly the Interactive Technology Editor at the Associated Press, a freelance reporter in Hong Kong, and a graphics algorithm designer for Adobe Systems.

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Jonathan </br> Stray

Jonathan
Stray

Engineering

Michael
Hassin

Engineering

After graduating from The College of New Jersey with a degree in economics, Michael developed software at ThoughtWorks for two years before joining Blue Ridge Labs, and is excited for the chance to serve his city. He spends his time biking around Brooklyn, playing chess, and volunteering at his neighborhood community darkroom.

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Michael </br> Hassin

Michael
Hassin

Engineering

Nhu
Nguyen

Engineering

Nhu is a developer based in Philadelphia. She has a knack for building and breaking things. She is currently working on a meal planning application that makes it easier for people to eat better.

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Nhu </br> Nguyen

Nhu
Nguyen

Engineering

Expert

Jelani
Anglin

Expert

“From a young age I was always labeled as a people person. I often found myself using my outgoing attitude to better my environment”.

Jelani Anglin, a Queens native has been involved in the social justice movement since he was a teen. His experiences over the years lead him to the community-organizing field. Anglin has organized on several high profile campaigns around the country including the “Taxi’s workers fair wage campaign”, “Airbnbnyc campaign” & “A.F.S.C.M.E.’s 50,000 stronger campaign ” just to name a few.

Jelani joins Blue Ridge Labs to continue aiming towards his goal of uniting people, while standing up for those who cannot.

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Jelani </br> Anglin

Jelani
Anglin

Expert

Linda
Tvrdy

Expert

Linda has a JD from the George Washington University Law School and a PhD in U.S. Legal History from Columbia University. Linda is the Research Director at the Center on Civil Justice at NYU School of Law. Closing the justice gap is a personal passion for her as well as institutional commitment of the Center.

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Linda </br> Tvrdy

Linda
Tvrdy

Expert

Scott
Kelly

Expert

Scott works at the intersection of law and social justice. Before joining Blue Ridge Labs, he served as an attorney and policy analyst at the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and a legal intern at the Human Rights Institute. His past advocacy includes leading a state campaign to reform abusive property seizure laws and contributing to a report to the United Nations on access to justice in America.

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Scott </br> Kelly

Scott
Kelly

Expert

Wilneida
Negrón

Expert

Wilneida is a civic technologist and researcher whose work is centered on developing digital products, data-driven insights, programs, and policy to help increase access to and efficiency of justice systems around the world. Her multidisciplinary approach have led key collaborations between academics, civil society, and public sector groups with in promoting social justice in the US and abroad.

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Wilneida </br> Negrón

Wilneida
Negrón

Expert

Product

Gabe
Leader-Rose

Product

Gabe loves using new technology to help people solve meaningful problems. As a Product Manager at Shapeways, he launched over 40 new 3D printed materials and services for their community of artists and designers. He has a B.S. in Engineering Physics, and previously worked for a clinical data startup called Humedica.

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Gabe </br> Leader-Rose

Gabe
Leader-Rose

Product

Nathan
Stanton

Product

Nathan has worked in product design for a variety of startups, building out compelling native and web apps for: Minibar - On Demand Delivery, Codecademy - Learn to Code, Hopscotch.in - Ecommerce in India, and Quidsi-Amazon - Ecommerce for Moms.

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Nathan </br> Stanton

Nathan
Stanton

Product

Nicole
Leffel

Product

Nicole is a product manager with a background in developing games and interactive experiences. She spends a lot of time thinking about systems and their role in shaping behavior - both individually and at scale. Previously at BuzzFeed and NBC, her products span a multitude of platforms and are enjoyed by millions of people across the world.

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Nicole </br> Leffel

Nicole
Leffel

Product