Announces Spring 2020 Fellows
in the United States
Meet the newest Ashoka Fellows at our June
‘Inside Ashoka’ series:
Ashoka, the world’s pioneering and largest
network of social entrepreneurs, announced its newest Ashoka
Fellows in the United States this morning – eight
extraordinary innovators who bring actionable, breakthrough
ideas for the common good. They deeply understand the
problems they are tackling and create ways for everyone to
contribute to the solution as changemakers. At a time of
great uncertainty globally and in the United States, these
social entrepreneurs help us all imagine a new way forward,
a powerful gift. The new Ashoka Fellows are:
founder of I-MAK, is democratizing the patent granting and
oversight process in order to make life-saving medicines
more affordable - timely as we search for a vaccine in the
Eric Liu, founder
of Citizen University, is championing the revival of civic
values, a rekindling of faith in democracy, and a revaluing
of our fellow citizens.
founder of Innovation Law Lab, is opening space within
immigration law for more humanity and accountability and
creating new ways for lawyers to support asylum seekers and
those in detention.
founder of WeThrive, is bringing engaged learning and a
culture of empowerment into schools by promoting
entrepreneurial skills and spirit in classrooms across the
founder of Healthy Community Store Initiative, has launched
a food hub and a fleet of mobile and micro stores to combat
food insecurity and prove that every community can bring
back fresh and healthy food.
founder of Common Justice, is creating alternatives to
incarceration that transform the lives of all involved in
violent crimes, including those who have been harmed.
Purvi Shah, founder
of Movement Law Lab, is organizing lawyers to address
diverse and interconnected social issues, from racism and
the marginalization of communities of color, to the #MeToo
movement and climate change.
founder of Onward, has designed an employer-sponsored
emergency savings plan that is helping low- and
middle-income American workers build a financial cushion.
“The pandemic is exposing how broken many of
our systems and democratic institutions are,” said Simon
Stumpf, Director of Venture and Fellowship at Ashoka U.S.
“More than ever, we are thankful for social entrepreneurs
who know the problems inside and out, and calmly and
creatively step forward with solutions for the common
Ashoka Fellows receive a financial stipend to
help them continue their work, and plan for growth. In
addition, Fellows join a lifetime peer network of over 3,800
social entrepreneurs at all impact stages – women and men
who are developing systems-changing innovations in many
Ashoka identifies and supports the world’s
leading social entrepreneurs, learns from patterns in their
innovations, and mobilizes a global community to build an
“everyone a changemaker” world. Since 1980, Ashoka has
launched over 3,800 social entrepreneurs in 90 countries,
including 270 Ashoka Fellows in the United States.