Civil Society Fellows

2019 Fellows

The 20 inaugural Fellows, selected from a pool of over 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, all between the ages of 25 and 45, with a foundation to work toward a more civil society and discourse. The inaugural class reflects a diverse mosaic representing a broad geographical, political and ideological swath of the United States. 

 
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Samah Abukhodeir

Managing Partner  
The Florida Probate &
Family Law Firm   
Miami, FL 

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Shawn Barney 

Managing Director  
CLB Porter Development, LLC  
New Orleans, LA 

Ashley D. Bell Esq.

Partner, Public Policy & Finance

Dentons

Atlanta, GA

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Antionette D. Carroll 

President & CEO  
Creative Reaction Lab  
St. Louis, MO  

 
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Frank Fernandez  

President & CEO
Community Foundation for
Greater Atlanta 
Atlanta, GA  

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Matthew Fieldman

Executive Director of America Works 

MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network 

Beachwood, OH 

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Leon Ford 

Entrepreneur in Residence  
Bronze Investments   
Pittsburgh, PA 

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Akbar Hossain 

Judicial Law Clerk
U.S. District Courts, Eastern District of of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

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Joseph Kunkel

Design Director, SNC Design Lab 
MASS Design Group 
Santa Fe, NM 

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Lauren McCann

Vice President
Stand Together  
Falls Church, VA

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Blair Milo  

Secretary of Career Connections and Talent   
State of Indiana  
La Porte, IN   

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Aviva Nassimi 

Community Development Manager, TED Translators  
TED Conferences  
New York, NY 

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Isaiah Oliver

President & CEO  
Community Foundation
of Greater Flint  
Flint, MI  

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Kaci Patterson

Owner & Principal  
Social Good Solutions  
Los Angeles, CA 

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Marlon Peterson

Founder & President   
Precedential Group  
Brooklyn, NY

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Laura Beth Prevette

Director of Community Engagement  
Forward Wilkes  
Wilkesboro, NC 

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Jenifer Sarver 

Principal  
Sarver Strategies  
Austin, TX  

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Adam Taylor

Acting President and President Elect 
Sojourners

Chevy Chase, MD

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Joseph Tomás Mckellar 

Co-Director  
PICO California  
Los Angeles, CA 

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Ryan Zuidema 

Chief of Police  
Lynchburg Police Department  
Lynchburg, VA

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