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October 15, 2013

Fellows in Brief, October 2013

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Rajesh Panjabi (EG '11) in Forbes
This Guy May Have Solved the Healthcare Model For 1 Billion People: "In West Africa, Dr. Raj Panjabi is testing something that might solve this problem. His non-profit, Last Mile Health, recognizes that putting a hospital or a doctor into every remote settlement isn’t feasible. But training a local villager to perform basic medical tasks and arming him or her with essential medicines can both save lives and create jobs." (October 3, 2013)


Jennifer Gordon (EG '92) in The New York Times
Subcontractor Servitude: "When guest workers can defend their rights, the millions who labor alongside them benefit as well. Immigration law must be amended to forbid employers from charging guest workers exorbitant fees directly or through recruiters and to protect those who report abuses from retaliation." (September 2, 2013)

Angel Taveras (EG '92) on NBC Nightly News
The Power of Service: "One thing I have learned as Mayor of the City of Providence is that government cannot do it alone. We need partners. Here in Providence it's our colleges and universities, programs like City Year and Teach For America, and the countless neighborhood organizations, community groups and small businesses who pitch in daily to make our City a better place in which to open business or raise a family." (September 10, 2013)

Jane Chen (EG '08) on
How to Save the Life of a Baby:"Technology is only an enabler, which can help achieve the intention of the person who is using it. No one has more motivation to save a baby than a mother. And yet, few technologies that address infant mortality are designed for mothers." (September 18, 2013)

Rebecca Heller (EG '10) in The Washington Post
House Votes to Extend Visa Program for Iraqis Who Worked As Interpreters for U.S.: "'They are trying to plan their lives. They’ve been waiting for years while trying to provide for their families and keep their families safe,' said Katie Reisner, national policy director at the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, which represents Iraqis trying to resettle. 'The effect of the wait itself is agonizing.'" (October 2, 2013)

Edrizio de la Cruz (EG '12) in Fast Company Magazine
Meet the Entrepreneur Who Wants to Disrupt Western Union and Fix a Half-Trillion Dollar Economy: "According to De La Cruz, customers in the U.S. are currently able to pay directly for bills at 400 Dominican Republic locations over the Internet or at one of 200 brick and mortar partners in New York City. These days, De La Cruz uses Regalii to pay for his cousin’s phone and his aunt’s electricity." (September 20, 2013)

Christina Fialho (EG '12) in The Los Angeles Times
U.S. Suspends Visitation Programs at 3 Immigrant Facilities in Southland: 
"In her Huffington Post article, Fialho complained about a lack of training for guards assigned to a special section of the Santa Ana detention facility reserved for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender detainees. She said some transgender inmates had been denied hormone therapy because of long delays in transferring their medical records from other detention facilities." (August 20, 2013)

Ajaita Shah (EG '12) on Runway to Success
Big Business Ideas Powered by Experts:"The first 9 episodes of Runway to Success will showcase the untold mantras of industry icons who have charted a new flight path to success. In each episode, 3 entrepreneurs will make their best business pitch to the icon, who will then pick a winner with the help of our business expert." (September 3, 2013)

Marquis Taylor (BMA '12) in The Huffington Post
He Quit His Wall Street Job To Teach Basketball To Low-Income Kids: "Taylor had one of his biggest "aha" moments while in the Mississippi Delta, one of the poorest areas in the country. He saw so-called mailbox communities, where most of the residents rely on welfare checks, and he noted how much the kids were struggling in school and at home. A light went off in Taylor's mind: He needed to find a way to use sports -- which proved to be his key to a better life -- to improve the lives of impoverished youth and their communities." (October 8, 2013)

Michael Belinsky and Avnish Gungaduross (EG' 13) in CivSource
Social Impact Bonds: Harvard Public Sector Innovation Award Winner Helps Forge a New Financing Mechanism for Nonprofits and Government: "Their work has taken them from Medellin to Mumbai, from educating politicians, investors and service providers, to helping girls from remote villages stay in school. And over the past year Instiglio, a company founded by Harvard Kennedy School students in 2012, has become a major player in developing a marketplace for social impact bonds in developing nations." (September 11, 2013)

Vanessa Garrison and T. Morgan Dixon (EG '13) in The New York Times
National Parks Try to Appeal to Minorities: "Easy to say, harder to achieve, Mr. Jarvis admitted. But the agency, in looking for a path forward, has also stumbled onto an unlikely team of allies — from outdoor outfitters to health and fitness advocates — all focused on the same thing: encouraging, supplying or simply understanding the young minority market." (September 5, 2013)


Lisbeth Shepherd (EG '93) is honored as a Youth Jobs+ Champion for Change
Lisbeth is recognized for her work to help develop the skills associated with employment for youth in the United States. (September 27, 2013)

Nina Dudnik (EG '07) is named one of the most influential women in biotech by the Boston Globe
Nina is recognized for her work with Seeding Labs, which helps scientists in the developing world to access tools, resources and information to conduct life-changing research. (September 14, 2013)

Jessamyn Rodriguez (EG '08) receives Clinton Global Citizen Award
The award honors seven individuals worldwide deemed visionaries and leaders in addressing the world's greatest challenges. (September 23, 2013)

Rey Faustino (EG '12) is named a 2013 Petra Fellow
Petra Fellows are selected for their commitment to social justice, maintaining the rights, autonomy and dignity of others. (September 11, 2013) 

Momo Akade (BMA '13) participated in NBC's Education Nation Innovation Challenge
Momo and her Gigabryte team were one of three teams selected to participate in a series of challenges that tested the strength of the entrepreneurs' skills and put their ideas to the test. (October 2013)

Laura Weidman Powers (BMA '13) is named one of The Root's top 100 black achievers and influencers
Laura was named part of the 2013 Root 100 for her work with her organization, CODE2040, where she focuses on bringing more diversity to the technology field. (September 24, 2013)

Anushka Ratnayake (EG '12), Esther Wang (EG '12), and Donnel Baird (BMA '12) are named 2013 PopTech Social Innovation Fellows
The innovative Echoing Green Fellows will receive tools, insights, visibility and a network to help them further scale their high-potential impact as part of the 2013 Fellow class. (September 19, 2013)