2017 Fellows

Amazing people doing important work

Our fellows were selected from a pool of more than 170 applicants to trailblaze social innovation using technology and design.

Design

Torry
Colichio

Design

Torry is passionate about designing products that look and function beautifully and serve a real need. She has worked in healthcare tech at Publicis, created the brand identity for VisitBritain, and developed the design and brand strategy for fashion and food startups. She holds a master's degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.

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Torry </br> Colichio

Torry
Colichio

Design

Anna
Levy

Design

Anna is a freelance researcher, policy analyst, and strategic advisor whose work focuses on structural inequality (and change) and accountability politics. For the last four years, she has worked on these issues as they relate to political activism and equitable service delivery in the digital and information age. This work has been undertaken in partnership with a range of universities, grassroots activists and collectives, non-government organizations, teachers, and city governments.

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Anna </br> Levy

Anna
Levy

Design

Nichole
Aquino

Design

Nichole has previously worked as Creative Director at Educate2Envision, a nonprofit empowering youth in Honduras; has served as an AmeriCorps VISTA, assisting low-income jobseekers in Oakland, CA; and has helped drive growth at Safe Horizon, the nation’s largest domestic violence nonprofit.

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Nichole </br> Aquino

Nichole
Aquino

Design

Emily
Duong

Design

Throughout her career, Emily has been driven by a goal of creating “design for the greater good.” She has applied this ethos across a vast range of topics and media, ranging from print to interactive design, and tech startups to non-profits. Whether it’s applying her expertise to effect change in a disaster relief platform, or through datavis-enhanced reporting on infant care or immigration reform, she focuses primarily on the real-world impact of her work as a top priority.

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Emily </br> Duong

Emily
Duong

Design

Jenny
Onyeagbako

Design

Jenn is an inquisitive and analytical designer passionate about translating complex ideas into beautiful and digestible visuals. She has worked with clients like Sotheby’s, NBC Universal and Taco Bell; is inspired by travel and passionate about inclusion and representation.

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Jenny </br> Onyeagbako

Jenny
Onyeagbako

Design

Engineering

Feifan
Wang

Engineering

Fei loves creating digital products with business value–going beyond engineering to work across every aspect of the product. He scratches this itch by validating and launching new ideas for both his clients and himself. Some of his clients include Adobe, CrossFit, and HashiCorp.

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Feifan </br> Wang

Feifan
Wang

Engineering

John
O'Neil

Engineering

John is a full-stack developer with a background in computer science and visual arts. He previously co-founded Pearhaven, a couples-centric date-finding tool, helped build the team and tech platform at Bloglovin', and is an alumnus of hackNY and Princeton University. He is interested in how systems, technical and otherwise, can generate social good and strengthen our understanding of one another and ourselves.

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John </br> O'Neil

John
O'Neil

Engineering

Expert

Selma
Jackson

Expert

Selma has worked in finance, education, and the nonprofit sectors as well as co-founded, 4W Circle, an arts incubator that supported the development of minority artists.  She has experience in both paid and voluntary positions with the constant focus of addressing issues and looking for solutions to make the lives of everyday people better.  She is an impassioned activist for social justice and community empowerment.

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Selma </br> Jackson

Selma
Jackson

Expert

Joe
Silva

Expert

Joe is a Social Worker who has been working with Senior Citizens and low income New Yorkers since 2010. He is focused on using technology to improve overall access to social services, and to amplify the voices of those who need help the most to design better programs and policy from the ground up.

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Joe </br> Silva

Joe
Silva

Expert

Teresa
Barker

Expert

Teresa, a master’s level Gerontologist, works to raise awareness of and address issues related to  family caregiving. As an advocate for older adults and their care partners, she has created a series of online resources and tools for person- and family-centered caring. She is also a family caregiver herself.

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Teresa </br> Barker

Teresa
Barker

Expert

Kate
Egan

Expert

Kate is a masters educated, board certified adult geriatric nurse practitioner who has spent the past few years working with seniors and their families to navigate complex medical care associated with chronic disease while providing direction and education that emphasize quality of life.

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Kate </br> Egan

Kate
Egan

Expert

Eileen
McGinn

Expert

Eileen has worked in the health and education sectors since graduating from college: 25 years in global health, primary health care, and reproductive health in Africa and Asia. She was also a teacher in Brooklyn and as a Peace Corps volunteer. Her more recent work has been with people with disabilities, older adults, and English language learners, particularly around health literacy and patient safety.

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Eileen </br> McGinn

Eileen
McGinn

Expert

Product

Margaret
Spring

Product

Margaret is fascinated by the design & development process for physical and software products. Her company, M•Spring Studio, produces jewelry and home décor. She has also developed tools for Acxiom, InfoGroup and financial institutions that enable non-technical users to navigate “Big Data”. She has a Masters degree from UC Berkeley’s School of Information. 

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Margaret </br> Spring

Margaret
Spring

Product

Dan
Reiss

Product

Dan's explored the intersection of creativity and technology since 2001, when he helped create the interactive website for the original Zoolander movie. He's consulted on creative and strategy for Hollywood studios like Universal, Disney, and Paramount, and was senior editor of American Greetings' digital R&D studio (where he earned a US patent for an app he made there). More recently, Dan's built and launched award-winning branded content platforms and teams for both Shutterstock and Audible. Dan holds a BA from NYU in Journalism, is a devoted cat dad to his 19 year old pal Gus, and is thrilled to turn his experience and enthusiasm towards building sustainable, impactful tools to address the many social challenges we face.

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Dan </br> Reiss

Dan
Reiss

Product

Belinda
Ju

Product

Belinda is passionate about promoting human flourishing and reducing poverty. She has worked in tech startup product management and acceleration/investment in New York; tech and social entrepreneurship, and community philanthropy in Silicon Valley; impact investing in Southeast Asia; design thinking consulting in Africa and Asia; and teaching entrepreneurship at Stanford University. She holds a BA and MS from Stanford, and loves dance intensives and silent meditation retreats.

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Belinda </br> Ju

Belinda
Ju

Product