Innovation Fellowships

Innovation
Fellowships

Supporting the work of innovators with ambitious initiatives to solve problems and bridge divides

Announcing the 2022 Innovation Fellows

Now more than ever, we need the nation’s most talented innovators and entrepreneurs to marshall their best ideas to create and scale intergenerational solutions.

We need new ways to bring older and younger people together to solve problems, bridge divides and create a better future for all. Critical problems — like racial inequality, climate change and social isolation, just to name a few — require all of us working across generational divides.

Our third group of 15 Innovation Fellows, ranging in age from 27 to 75, are bridging generational divides while also fighting for racial and environmental justice, empowering immigrant communities, healing trauma, registering young people to vote, reducing ageism and loneliness, and so much more.

Here’s a brief introduction to the group. Stay tuned for more ways to get to know each of them in the coming months.

ANYA KAMENETZ

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ANYA KAMENETZ

Founder, Planet Ed Climate Media for Kids

CHRISTINA HERNANDEZ

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CHRISTINA HERNANDEZ

Coordinator, Early Childhood Education Student Advancement Program, Los Angeles Mayor’s Offic

ELLY KATZ

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ELLY KATZ

Founder & Executive Director, Sages & Seekers

GENEVIEVE LEIGHTON-ARMAH

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GENEVIEVE LEIGHTON-ARMAH

Founder, Bay Area Black Leaders

JON ADAM ROSS

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JON ADAM ROSS

Founding Artist & Executive Director, The In[heir]itance Project

JOSEPH LAM

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JOSEPH LAM

Co-Creator, Parents Are Human

LEWIS BERNSTEIN

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LEWIS BERNSTEIN

Co-Founder, SWAN 3G Mentoring

LIBBY STEGGER

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LIBBY STEGGER

Founder & Executive Director, Move for America

MARIAM SANKOH

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MARIAM SANKOH

Office and Finance Administrator, Coming Together Virginia

NATILEE MCGRUDER

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NATILEE MCGRUDER

Co-Chair, Alabama Leads

NICOLE KENNEY

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NICOLE KENNEY

Founder, Hey Auntie!

RODERICK HEATH

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RODERICK HEATH

Founder, Generation Uplift

SAMUEL RUBIN

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SAMUEL RUBIN

Co-Founder, Hollywood Climate Summit

SKY BERGMAN

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SKY BERGMAN

Filmmaker & Activist, “Forever Voters”

TARA CHADWICK

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TARA CHADWICK

Artist & Creator, The Papaloti (Butterfly) Project

30 more innovators with cogenerational solutions

Thanks to the generous funders of this fellowship:

  • The John Templeton Foundation
  • The May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust
  • The Eisner Foundation
  • The RRF Foundation for Aging

Thanks to the generous funders of this fellowship:

  • The John Templeton Foundation
  • The May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust
  • The Eisner Foundation
  • The RRF Foundation for Aging

Advisors and Coaches

* Amy Clark

Communications, Ashoka U.S.

* Andrew J. Scott

Professor of Economics, London Business School

* Cal J. Halvorsen

Assistant Professor, Boston College School of Social Work and Senior Research Fellow, Encore.org

* Carol Larson

former President & CEO, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

* Courtney E. Martin

Co-founder, Solutions Journalism Network

* Chip Conley, Founder

Modern Elder Academy; Strategic Advisor, Airbnb; and Founder, Joie de Vivre Hospitality

* David Hsu

Omidyar Network

* David Vásquez-Levy

President, Pacific School of Religion

* Donna Butts

Executive Director, Generations United

* Eric Liu

Co-founder & CEO, Citizen University

* Gara LaMarche

former President, Democracy Alliance; Senior Fellow, Encore.org

* Harriette Cole

Senior Fellow, Encore.org

* Isabel González Whitaker

Senior Fellow, Encore.org

* Jamal Joseph

Founder & Executive Artistic Director, IMPACT Repertory Theatre

* Jason Marsh

Executive Director, Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley

* Jehan Velji

Managing Director, Blue Meridian Partners

* Jenn Lishansky

Chief Engagement Officer, Be Social Change

* Jennie Chin Hansen

former President AARP, Former CEO American Geriatrics Society

* John Gomperts

former President & CEO, America’s Promise Alliance

* Justin Kaufflin

Jazz Pianist and Composer

* Kate Schaefers

Executive Director, University of Minnesota Advanced Careers Initiative

* Keanne Henry

Vice President, AARP

* Laura Carstensen

Director, Stanford Center on LongevityLester Strong, Founder, The Peaceful Guardians Project; former CEO, AARP Experience Corps

* Lori Broglio Severens

Associate Director, Ascend at the Aspen Institute

* Max Tuchman

Co-founder & CEO, Caribu

* Michelle Hynes

Change Facilitator and Career Coach

* Nancy Morrow-Howell

Director, Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging, Washington University

* Patrice Martin

Co-founder & CEO, The Holding Co.

* Phyllis Segal

Senior Fellow, Encore.org

* Ruth Wooden

Program Director, Union Theological Seminary, former President of Public Agenda and the Ad Council

* Robert Egger

Founder, DC Central Kitchen

* Sandro Olivieri

President, Productive; Entrepreneur-in-Residence, AT&T Aspire Accelerator

* Scott Keoni Shigeoka

Creative in Residence, Encore.org

* Sherry Lansing

The Sherry Lansing Foundation; Former Chair, Paramount Pictures

* Sherry Turkle

Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, MIT

* Susan Gianinno

Senior Advisor, Publicis North America and Chair Emeritus, The Advertising Council’s Board of Directors

* William Damon

Professor & Director, Center on Adolescence, Stanford

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