Civil Society Fellows

2020 Fellows

These Fellows, selected from a pool of approximately 200 nominees from across the country, are proven leaders with a broad array of concerns who have reached an inflection point in their lives where they are ready to apply their talent and skills to build a more civil society. A more civil society requires the participation and mutual understanding of all, regardless of political labels. The Fellowship is intended to ground this group of Fellows with a foundation to work toward a more civil society and discourse. The Class of 2020 reflects a diverse mosaic representing a broad geographical, political and ideological swath of the United States. 

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Samar Ali  

Founding President & CEO
Millions of Conversations  
Nashville, TN

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Caleb Cage 

COVID-19 Response Director 
Office of the Governor, State of Nevada  
Reno, NV  

Tyler Deaton  

President  
Allegiance Strategies  
Middleburg, VA 

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Rudy Espinoza

Executive Director  
Inclusive Action for the City
Los Angeles, CA

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Yordanos Eyoel 

Partner  

New Profit  
Malden, MA  

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Amir Farokhi  

Councilmember
Atlanta City Council   
Atlanta, GA 

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Amber Fogarty  

President  
Mobile Loaves & Fishes  
Austin, TX

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Joy Friedman  

Director of Organizing  

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism  
Los Angeles, CA  

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Daveed Gartenstein-Ross  

Chief Executive Officer  
Valens Global  
Raleigh, NC 

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Mia Garza McCord  

President  
Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute

Austin, TX 

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Darius Graham 

Program Director, Baltimore 

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation 

Baltimore, MD 

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Brittany Hughes

U.S. Legislative and Regulatory Supervising Associate
Ernst & Young  
Washington, D.C. 

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Dhani Jones

NFL Player (Retired)/
Social Entrepreneur
Bloomfield Township, MI

 

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Vu Le  

Founder
NonprofitAF.com
Seattle, WA 

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Jolene Loetscher

Owner  
Mud Mile Communications  
Sioux Falls, SD 

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Julie McCarthy  

Co-Director, Economic Justice Program  
Open Society Foundations  
Brooklyn, NY  

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Aeryn Palmer

Legal Director
Wikimedia Foundation
San Francisco, CA

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Patrick Robinson

Deputy Chief of Police
Sarasota Police Department
Sarasota, FL

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Sadia Sindhu

Executive Director, Center for Effective Government
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

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William C. Snowden

Vera Institute of Justice
New Orleans Director
New Orleans, LA

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Rebekah Staples

President and Founder  
Free State Strategies, LLC
Jackson, MS 

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Michael Tubbs  


Mayor (1st Term)
City of Stockton  
Stockton, CA

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Edgar Villanueva  

Founder and Principal
Decolonizing Wealth Project
Brooklyn, NY 

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Gloria Walton

President & CEO
The Solutions Project

Los Angeles, CA 

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Rev. James Woodall

State President  
Georgia NAACP  
Atlanta, GA

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