Ashoka and BNY Mellon are hosting a Changemaker Challenge–a national social innovation competition–to uncover innovations that expand financial security of underserved communities, empowering everyone to be the drivers of their own financial wellbeing, resilience, and freedom.
Ashoka and C&A Foundation have partnered to launch Fabric of Change, a global initiative to support innovators for a fair and sustainable apparel industry. This initiative is unlocking the unique power and potential of social entrepreneurs and their solutions to advance our shared vision...
"In her career, Isa has led integration and advocacy for the United Nations; managed programs for WINGS, a membership organization that promotes philanthropy infrastructure; and implemented a Fellowship program for Yunus&Youth, a social business supported by Muhammad Yunus, connecting young social entrepreneurs with mentors from the corporate sector. She joined Ashoka in 2012.
Isa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism (Brazil) and a Master’s degree in Communications and Development (Spain). Through her experiences, she has developed strong multi-sector program management and stakeholder engagement skills, as well as a keen passion for social innovation and social justice."
Rachel Fauber is a strategic communicator, storyteller, internet enthusiast, and Digital Content Manager at Changemakers. Prior to joining Ashoka, Rachel worked in membership communications and social media marketing at the National Institute on Retirement Security and Himmelrich Public Relations, and served on the board of directors of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Washington, DC. Rachel holds a Bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Towson University and a Master’s in Social Enterprise from American University. Her graduate research focused on youth-led social change and she is deeply committed to building a generation of young people equip with the skills and networks they need to tackle society’s biggest challenges.
Before Joining Ashoka in 2018, Balbino worked at Google supporting the success of large advertisers and also leading the brazilian chapter of the Black Googler Network (BGN), an employee resource group focused on empowering the black community at Google and beyond. Throughout his time he has built and worked on several intrapreneurial activities within the former company and help build and strengthen the BGN brand in Brazil, helping to increase the number of black employees at the company and empowered several others through different programs. He holds a bachelor degree in Economics from the University of São Paulo, with a master level exchange program in Business Administration and Marketing from Kedge Business School (Marseille, France) and a post-graduate degree in Social Innovation Mangement from the Amani Institute.
Sara believes in the power of individuals to change the world, and she has been working in doing so for the past couple of years. From her small town in Northern Spain, to places such a India, Morocco, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Malaysia, Sweden, and now Mexico, Sara has been involved in different youth and entrepreneurship projects. She holds a Masters in Leadership for Sustainability from Malmö University and a degree in International Relations from Complutense in Madrid. Want to talk about social sustainability, youth empowerment, design thinking or dance? Sara is your person.
Arianna is Partnerships and Products Manager for Ashoka Changemakers and the Executives in Residence program. Her role involves working with partners to identify social innovators worldwide and assess their potential for Ashoka fellowship, connect them in powerful communities, and develop strategies to help them scale their impact. As part of her role, Arianna also works directly with companies to help them deepen their knowledge, expertise and experience of social innovation, and increase their social impact.
Since moving to the UK in 2014, Arianna has founded two sustainability-related initiatives, Old Street Food Assembly and The Sustainable London Community. Before moving to London, she has lived in Milan, Berlin and San Francisco, where she has worked in the human rights field. She holds a BA in foreign languages and literature and a MA in political studies.
Sarah Holcomb believes in the power of stories to inform, humanize, and catalyze change. As a writer for Ashoka Changemakers, Sarah works to amplify the impact of changemakers worldwide who building creative solutions to social problems. From writing magazine articles in Texas to facilitating collaborative photography workshops in India, she has experienced how words and images deeply impact individuals and communities. Sarah holds a degree in Communication, with certificates in Human Needs & Global Resources and Journalism, from Wheaton College (IL).
A native of the St. Louis region, Marc has a passion for community development through social entrepreneurship and community engagement. Currently, Marc is the North American Changemaker Manager for Ashoka Changemakers where he engaged a network of social innovators in North America and Canada on the development of groundbreaking work in sectors like education, health, economic inequality, and environmental sustainability. Previously, Marc served as the Program Director for Impact Hub DC, a community of social entrepreneurs and innovators.
Marc also has a plethora of professional experience, both domestically and internationally, from work with McKinsey & Company, the United Nations Foundation, and AVIS Ghana. Marc holds an MBA and a BA in International Studies with a focus on political and economic development. During his free time, he enjoys reading, traveling, and taking advantage of DC’s rich cultural opportunities.