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Reyna Montoya is the founder and executive director of Aliento an organization inspired by her lived experience of having her dad detained and being undocumented in the U.S. Prior to founding Aliento she engaged in local statewide and national platforms to advance justice for undocumented immigrants. In 2013 she led a team who stopped an immigration bus and prevented the deportations of undocumented immigrants for the first time in history. In the same year she stopped her father's deportation. She danced professionally and taught high school. Reyna's experiences led her to create spaces that honor youth and children's resiliency and leadership. She holds a BA in Political Science a BA in Transborder Studies and a dance minor from Arizona State University. She has a M.Ed in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University. She is a 2016 Soros Justice Fellow and sits in the first Teach for America National DACA Advisory Board. She shares her talents and skills with the community to co create healing spaces political change and leadership development of our children and immigrant youth.
Jon Kornik is the founder and CEO of Plentify which provides reliable and sustainable energy water and waste services to African households more affordably than the grid. Jon believes that improving the resilience of cities is key to minimizing catastrophic human costs of climate change and a new model for utilities is needed to support this. He has spent his career applying innovations in finance technology and business models to address clean energy in Africa. Most recently he led Google's clean energy efforts in Africa funding the largest wind and solar PV farms on the continent and developing products to expand energy access. Previously he worked for McKinsey ran the African office of a multinational carbon finance firm and consulted independently on energy and sustainability issues to clients including the South African government Nike and Intel. Jon has a master's in Business Administration from Columbia University a master's in Finance from the University of Cape Town is a Feldberg Fellow and an Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellow.
Angelo Campus is the founder and CEO of BoxPower a renewable energy company providing off grid communities with affordable microgrid infrastructure. Angelo was homeschooled by his mother and at an early age began designing bicycle generators and solar water distillers. As a freshman at Princeton Angelo joined a research team designing rapidly deployable renewable energy systems for disaster relief and rural electrification. Over the next three years he assumed a key leadership position on the design team and during his senior year he commercialized the technology under the name BoxPower. Angelo conducted his senior thesis research on Native American reservations where more than 14 percent of residents lack access to grid electricity. Angelo graduated Magna Cum Laude from Princeton in 2016 and is now working full time to launch BoxPower's pilot program on the Pine Ridge Reservation where it will provide power to the first all girls indigenous college prep school in the United States. BoxPower plans to expand internationally with a pilot program in the Philippines where they will provide power to an unelectrified fishing village.
Allen Woods is a devoted husband father and entrepreneur in that order. Born in Indianapolis he s never allowed the size of his city to place a limit on the size of his dreams. Allen is the creative force behind the MORTAR brand as well as a business consultant and training facilitator for incoming students.His determination (or stubbornness as his mom would call it) has allowed him to develop a resiliency that has grown with him on his entrepreneurial journey as a kid selling candy to classmates a parking garage attendant with the latest homemade mixtapes for customers driving through his line to a photographer inspired by meeting Gordon Parks to an owner of a decade old graphic design firm.. the list goes on.
As a co founder of Coral Vita he was awarded Yale University's first ever Green Innovation Fellowship which allowed him to work at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute in order to further develop Coral Vita's business model.
Amanda Alexander is an assistant professor and postdoctoral scholar in Afro American studies and law at the University of Michigan and a member of the Michigan Society of Fellows. As a lawyer legal scholar and advocate she works to reduce the impact of mass incarceration on families and build thriving communities. During her 2013 2015 tenure as a Soros Justice Fellow Alexander founded the Prison & Family Justice Project (PFJP) at Michigan Law which serves families divided by incarceration and the foster care system using a combination of direct representation know your rights education targeted litigation and advocacy. PFJP recently partnered on Who Pays? a groundbreaking national study on the cost of incarceration on families.