We are thrilled to announce the inaugural class of Atlanta’s Civic Innovation Fellows! This six-month fellowship from the Center for Civic Innovation is a leadership and business development program for Atlanta’s top social entrepreneurs. Every six months, we will bring together a cohort of eight individuals with innovative, outcome-driven ideas to tackle social challenges in Atlanta and provide them with business development workshops, free work space, mentorship, advising, and leadership development training.
Meet the inaugural Civic Innovation Fellows!
Alexander Acosta, Soul Food Cypher: Soul Food Cypher utilizes the power of freestyle rap and lyricism to transform the lives of individuals and their communities. They are an organization that showcases the positive aspects of hip hop culture through our cypher events, membership program, and community outreach.
Joshua Brown, The Center for Children with Incarcerated Parents of America: The Center for Children with Incarcerated Parents of America is a minority and veteran operated community-based organization whose mission is to divert parental and intergenerational incarceration, by helping at-risk, low-income individuals to stabilize their lives economically and reach their leadership potential in the community.
Monica Campana, Living Walls, The City Speaks: Living Walls seeks to promote, educate and change perspectives about our public space via street art. With their mission we aim to address blight, neglected public spaces, connection between people in their communities, and access to free thought-provoking art in the public space.
Rutu Chaudhari, The Dharma Project: The Dharma Project's mission is to educate, empower, and employ populations that face financial and/or social barriers to the transformative power of yoga. They introduce vulnerable populations to yoga and healthy lifestyle practices, and train individuals from those communities to teach yogic practices on their own, creating a cycle of wellness that continues to spread in underserved communities.
Marian Liou, We Love BuHi: We Love BuHi envisions a safe, attractive, fun, livable and inclusive Buford Highway corridor. The organization seeks to catalyze the area's revitalization through creative, collaborative placemaking showcasing the area's diversity.
Reginald Maisonneuve, eDea, LLC: eDea is dedicated to advancing the financial well-being of individuals and communities and giving institutions the means to better serve them. Through the innovative use of technology, we define, visualize and quantify financial health to help people understand, achieve and maintain financial well-being.
Jeffrey Martín, honorCode: honorCode's purpose is to empower schools to build the capacity for tomorrow's world. They provide curriculum and training to schools to bring more web development into the general K12 classroom.
Susanna Spiccia, re:imagine/ATL: re:imagine/ATL is a nonprofit organization that equips youth from all backgrounds to share their stories through multimedia production, activating youth through project-based learning to positively impact their community.
The Civic Innovation Fellows represent a diverse group of Atlanta’s social entrepreneurs, including 50% women.
Congratulations to the inaugural class of Civic Innovation Fellows! We are so excited to witness the ways you will grow and strengthen your work over the next six months.
Stay tuned for updates from this cohort here on our blog.