CEO Tanyella Evans named 2016 Chicago Ideas Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellow!
"Chicago Ideas supports innovators in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors who are using their work for positive social change. This year, Chicago Ideas received 250 applications from around the world for its Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship, which recognizes exceptional entrepreneurs under the age of 35, who are working to solve pressing social challenges," Chicago Ideas posted on their website.
Five fellows were selected from over 250 applicants from all over the world, including our very own CEO at Library For All, Tanyella Evans.
Each Fellowship winner receives $10,000 in direct financial support for their organization and will present their work at the "Social Entrepreneurship" Conversation during Chicago Ideas Week on Tuesday, October 18.
Tanyella Evans, 29, NYC, Library For All
Tanyella Evans is co-founder and CEO of Library For All, an innovative tech nonprofit that has built a digital library to make quality educational resources available to children in developing countries. Tanyella’s journey into social impact began at age 17, after spending a year as a teacher in Uganda. Upon realizing her students were so hungry for knowledge that they begged her for homework, Tanyella committed herself to removing the barriers to a quality education. Tanyella is the recipient of the 2015 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award, 2014 Echoing Green Fellowship, and she is one of Forbes’ 2015 30 Under 30. She graduated from the University of Cambridge, with a major in political science and international development.
Tanyella is honored to be awarded this Fellowship on behalf of Library For All, as it will continue to accelerate the impact the organization will have on educational outcomes in the developing world. She looks forward to attending the 2016 Chicago Ideas Week (October 17-23) to meet with the other fellows, as well as leaders and change-makers from all industries.
A massive congratulations to all of the 2016 BHSI Fellows! Read more about them below:
Minhaj Chowdhury, 27, Bangladesh, Drinkwell
Minhaj Chowdhury is the CEO/Co-Founder of Drinkwell, a social enterprise eradicating the arsenic and fluoride water crisis affecting 200+ million people in India & Bangladesh alone by blending novel filtration technology with a franchise business model. As a Fulbright Fellow to Bangladesh, he researched villager willingness to pay for clean water with BRAC, the largest NGO in the world. His work has been acclaimed by the US State Department, India Department of Science & Technology, UNICEF as well as the Bangladesh Health Secretary and serves as the basis of Drinkwell’s growth strategy. Minhaj is a two-time Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur and holds a Bachelors in Public Health from Johns Hopkins.
Eric Liu, 25, San Francisco, Bayes Impact
Eric is the U.S. Executive Director of Bayes Impact, a nonprofit that builds data science solutions to solve pressing social challenges at scale. Previously, Eric was a venture capitalist at Thomvest Ventures where he focused on investing in data science companies. Eric was awarded the New America Fellowship for his work improving public access to data about police use of force in the US. He was also named “30 under 30” in social entrepreneurship by Forbes in 2016. Eric graduated magna cum laude from UC Berkeley with a degree in Business Administration and Engineering Leadership.
Fagan Harris, 29, Baltimore, Baltimore Corps
As the CEO of Baltimore Corps, Fagan is a passionate evangelist for Baltimore who is proud to work every day strengthening America’s greatest city. Fagan sets the organization’s strategic direction, builds its partnerships and supports its outstanding community of staff, Fellows and volunteers.A graduate of public school, Fagan believes deeply in every individual’s right to opportunity and is committed to realizing a more just and equitable society. Fagan loves his job at Baltimore Corps because it allows him to collaborate with incredible leaders, and extraordinary communities, who come together daily to make a transformative difference in the lives of Baltimore’s children, youth and families.At home, Fagan loves to cook, read and listen to music. He enjoys exploring Baltimore and hanging out with–and learning from–its incredible change makers. Fagan is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Oxford.Fagan is a passionate evangelist for Baltimore who is proud to work every day strengthening America’s greatest city. Fagan sets the organization’s strategic direction, builds its partnerships and supports its outstanding community of staff, Fellows and volunteers.
Brian Hill, 31, Chicago, Edovo
Brian is the founder and CEO of Edovo, which seeks to reduce recidivism, improve correctional operations, and increase opportunities for inmates and officers through tablet technology. He was in his first year of his JD/MBA program at Northwestern University when he began work on a Social Impact Bond initiative for America’s largest single-site jail in Chicago. This exposure enabled him to formulate the Edovo platform, which is successfully operating in correctional facilities across the country and has won first place awards such as Chicago Tech Week 2014, Kellogg Innovation Network, as well as grants from the MacArthur Foundation and others. He earned a B.S. in Economics and Business from Brigham Young University and is committed to making serious changes through technology in corrections and re-entry.