The 2018-19
Encore Public Voices Fellows

20 new and necessary thought leaders, across a range of identities, backgrounds and ages, who can change the national conversation on aging/longevity, intergenerational connection and social justice. 

A collaboration between The OpEd Project and Encore.org

Illustration courtesy of Stria

70%

women

55%

people of color

17

organizations

11

states

2

countries

  • Greatest Generation 5% 5%

(born 1945 or before)

  • Baby Boomers 50% 50%

(born 1946 – 1964)

  • Generation X 40% 40%

(born 1965 – 1984)

  • Millennials 5% 5%

(born 1985 – 2004)

“I believe one of the greatest opportunities before us today is engaging older adults as resources to respond to many of the challenges impacting communities across the country. This is especially true in inner-city neighborhoods. My sincere desire is to be a driving force in making this reality.”

— Encore Public Voices Fellow Raymond A. Jetson, Chief Executive Catalyst, MetroMorphosis

“I want to turn this notion of ‘aging gracefully’ completely on its head. We need to age boldly and vibrantly, recognizing the wealth that our life experiences bring, and the power we have to change the world.”  

— Encore Public Voices Fellow Ayele Shakur, CEO of BUILD.org

83

media hits, including

  • 34 published op-eds
  • 49 expert interviews
  • 34 published op-eds
  • 49 expert interviews

96%

would strongly recommend the fellowship to a colleague

The Words


“The future of aging has opened up a unique opportunity to radically redesign our care infrastructure along with care jobs to better serve the needs of an older population.”
— Sarita Gupta, Quartz


“We need a symbol for our commitment to connect across age gaps and the interdependence between younger and older generations.”

— Joy Zhang,
The San Francisco Chronicle


“When our kids and grandkids ask us what we did about climate change, we need to have a simple, true answer: ‘Our best.’”

— Mick Smyer,
The Huffington Post

The Words


“The future of aging has opened up a unique opportunity to radically redesign our care infrastructure along with care jobs to better serve the needs of an older population.”
— Sarita Gupta, Quartz


“We need a symbol for our commitment to connect across age gaps and the interdependence between younger and older generations.”

— Joy Zhang,
The San Francisco Chronicle


“When our kids and grandkids ask us what we did about climate change, we need to have a simple, true answer: ‘Our best.’”

— Mick Smyer,
The Huffington Post

The Headlines

The Headlines

“I want us to see older adults as contributors to the conversation, as problem solvers, as answers to our prayers. I have experienced the impact they can have in the education and the nonprofit space.”

— Encore Public Voices Fellow Atalaya Sergi, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Programming, Jumpstart for Young Children

Our Star Facilitators / Journalists

Deborah Douglas
Featured in:
CNN  |  The Guardian  |  Chicago Tribune  |  Huffington Post
 
Jennifer Block
Featured in:
The New York Times  |  Time  |  The Guardian  |  Quartz
 
Deborah Douglas
Featured in:
CNN | The Guardian | Chicago Tribune | Huffington Post
 
Jennifer Block
Featured in:
The New York Times | Time | The Guardian | Quartz
 

The Fellows

Ann Grimes, Co-Director, Brown Institute for Media Innovation, Stanford University: Burlingame, CA

Judy Cockerton, Founder and Executive Director, Treehouse Foundation: Sharon, MA

 

Atalaya Sergi, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Programming, Jumpstart: Charlottesville, VA

Julianne Taaffe, English as a Second Language Specialist, Ohio State University: Columbus, OH

Ayele Shakur, CEO, BUILD: Boston, MA

 

Linda Aristondo, Attorney: New York, NY

 

Brandon Ross, Documentary Filmmaker: Los Angeles, CA

 

Mick Smyer, Professor of Psychology, Bucknell University and Founder, Graying Green: Lewisburg, PA

Brenda Atchison, Advocate and Social Entrepreneur: Roxbury, MA

Odile Robotti, CEO, Learning Edge / Talent Edge: Milano-Italy

Cal J. Halvorsen, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Boston College: Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Raymond A. Jetson, Chief Executive Catalyst, MetroMorphosis: Baton Rouge, LA

 

Dr. Karen D. Lincoln, Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Southern California: Los Angeles, CA

Ryan Frederick, Founder, Smart Living 360: Baltimore, MD

 

Dr. Marlon A. Smith, Founder and CEO, Black Greeks Speak Social Justice and Human Rights Council: Houston, Texas

Sarita Gupta, Co-Director, Jobs With Justice, Co-Director, Caring Across Generations: Washington, D.C.

Dr. Onita Estes-Hicks, Retired Professor of English, State University of New York at Old Westbury: New York, NY

Selena Sermeño, Psychologist, Educator and Consultant: Durango, CO

 

Joy Zhang, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Mon Ami: Palo Alto, CA

Sylvia Brown, Founder, Uplifting Journeys: Providence, RI

Ann Grimes 
Co-Director, Brown Institute for Media Innovation, Stanford University: Burlingame, CA

Atalaya Sergi 
Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Programming, Jumpstart: Charlottesville, VA

Ayele Shakur
CEO, BUILD: Boston, MA


Brandon Ross
Documentary Filmmaker: Los Angeles, CA

 


Brenda Atchison
Advocate and Social Entrepreneur: Roxbury, MA


Cal J. Halvorsen
Assistant Professor of Social Work, Boston College: Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts


Dr. Karen D. Lincoln
Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Southern California: Los Angeles, CA


Dr. Marlon A. Smith 
Founder and CEO, Black Greeks Speak Social Justice and Human Rights Council: Houston, Texas


Dr. Onita Estes-Hicks 
Retired Professor of English, State University of New York at Old Westbury: New York, NY

Joy Zhang
Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Mon Ami: Palo Alto, CA


Judy Cockerton
Founder and Executive Director, Treehouse Foundation: Sharon, MA


Julianne Taaffe
English as a Second Language Specialist, Ohio State University: Columbus, OH


Linda Aristondo 
Attorney: New York, NY

 


Mick Smyer 
Professor of Psychology, Bucknell University and Founder, Graying Green: Lewisburg, PA

Odile Robotti 
CEO, Learning Edge / Talent Edge: Milano-Italy


Raymond A. Jetson 
Chief Executive Catalyst, MetroMorphosis: Baton Rouge, LA


Ryan Frederick 
Founder, Smart Living 360: Baltimore, MD


Sarita Gupta 
Co-Director, Jobs With Justice, Co-Director, Caring Across Generations: Washington, D.C.


Selena Sermeño 
Psychologist, Educator and Consultant: Durango, CO


Sylvia Brown 
Founder, Uplifting Journeys: Providence, RI

“I would not have written my op-ed in Fast Company without this training. In fact, I am now thinking about how to expose more social workers to it. I am a believer.”

— Encore Public Voices Fellow Cal Halvorsen, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Boston College

Some examples of impact…

Mick Smyer’s work will be part of a Climate Museum Governor’s Island exhibit.

Brandon Ross’s documentary “title sEVEN” is premiering at the THIRD ACTion Film Festival.

Sylvia Brown’s piece in The Chronicle of Philanthropy resulted in an invitation to speak at the annual conference of the National Association of Advisors in Philanthropy.