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Obama Foundation Announces Inaugural Fellowship Class


April 20, 2018

Today, the Obama Foundation announced its inaugural 2018 Fellows class. This two-year, non-residential program brings together 20 leaders representing 11 countries around the world who are creating transformational change on many of the world’s most pressing problems. The Fellowship will offer hands-on training, leadership development, and a powerful network for Fellows to amplify the impact of their work and inspire a wave of civic innovation.

Two individuals form the greater Chicagoland were named in the inaugural class; Dominique Jordan Turner and Tiana Epps-Johnson.

Dominique Jordan Turner, President of Chicago Scholars: Equipping under-resourced youth to get to and through college, find meaningful careers, and become the next generation of Chicago leaders. As well as Chicagoan Tiana Epps-Johnson, Founder of Center for Technology and Civic Life: Improving voter turnout by training elections officials to better communicate with voters and providing civic information through digital platforms.

The 2018 Obama Foundation Fellows come from a variety of disciplines, including healthcare, community organizing, technology, and the arts. These leaders apply their talents to a range of missions, such as empowering parents and teachers to improve our schools, ensuring deaf children have equal access to literacy tools, and working across the healthcare system to treat addiction.

Over the course of the two-year program, Obama Foundation Fellows will participate in four multi-day gatherings to collaborate with one another, connect with potential partners, and break down silos to advance their work. The first Fellows gathering will be in Chicago in May. Each Fellow will also develop and pursue with the Foundation a personalized plan to leverage the fellowship and Obama Foundation resources to take their work to the next level. As Fellows put their plans into action, the Obama Foundation will assist with access to mentors, coaches, and additional resources.

David Simas, CEO of the Obama Foundation stated, “By bringing these individuals together to work with the Obama Foundation, we hope to help amplify the work of our Fellows so it has a widespread impact. In September 2017, the Obama Foundation announced the Fellowship program and began accepting applications. More than 20,000 people from 191 countries applied.

A new class of Obama Foundation Fellows will be selected each year. The Obama Foundation will open applications this summer for its 2019 Fellows class. To learn more, please visit http://www.obama.org/fellowship or contact Elizabeth Kenigsberg at [email protected] A list of 2018 Obama Foundation Fellows can be found HERE: https://www.obama.org/fellowship/2018-fellows/.


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