By Marci Alboher

Three years ago, Encore.org partnered with The OpEd Project and Encore.org Senior Advisor Ann MacDougall to create the Encore Public Voices Fellowship.

The Fellowship is part of The OpEd Project’s national Public Voices initiative to change who writes history. And it’s part of Encore.org’s work to diversify and amplify voices at the four-way intersection of aging, longevity, intergenerational connection and social justice.

The time I’ve spent getting to know past fellows and selecting new ones convinces me that there are better days ahead, and voices that must be heard if we are to solve the multiple crises we’re facing.

Today I’m pleased to introduce 21 new Encore Public Voices Fellows, selected from more than 225 applicants.

Many work on racial justice issues. Others speak out against ageism, ableism, exclusion, inequity and social isolation. Some speak through art and film, using cultural and faith approaches to storytelling and activism.

Most important, all are bridging divides. All speak out for a more just and inclusive world. All have the courage of their convictions.

I hope you’ll spend a few minutes now learning more about this group. I know you’ll hear a lot more from them soon.

Alison McCrary, Social justice lawyer
Arianna Nassiri, Member, San Francisco Youth Commission
Christopher Tyson, President & CEO, Build Baton Rouge
Ernest Gonzales, Associate Professor, New York University
Frankie Huang, Writer
Dr. Imani Woody, Founder & CEO, Mary’s House for Older Adults, Inc.
Janine Vanderburg, Initiative Director, Changing the Narrative
Jonathan Collie, Co-founder, The Age of No Retirement CIC, and Creator of The Common Room
Kasley Killam, Founder, Social Health Labs
Dr. Kitty Oliver, Author and oral historian
Laura Nova, Artist and Associate Professor of Creative Arts and Technology, Bloomfield College
Mistinguette Smith, Principal Consultant at M Smith Consulting and Executive Director at Black/Land Project
Peter Slatin, Founder and President, The Slatin Group LLC, and Co-Founder, Slatin Media Group LLC
Rey Castuciano, Executive Director & Founder, Table Wisdom
Sandra Barnhill, Founder and CEO, Foreverfamily, Inc.
Sasha Johfre, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, Stanford University
Serena Bian, Community Strategist, Systems Designer and Neighbor
Sian-Pierre Regis, Director/Producer, “Duty Free”
Susanne Stadler, Principal, Stadler & Architecture, and Executive Director & Co-Founder, At Home With Growing Older
Tim Carpenter, CEO/Founder, EngAGE
Uma Menon, Student and author, Princeton University

Thanks to our Advisory Council, a small group of outstanding social innovators and media professionals who have been critical to the fellowship’s success. Members include Ellen Goodman (Chair), Sylvia Brown, Mary C. Curtis, Ken Dychtwald, Raymond Jetson, Katie Orenstein, Trabian Shorters and Lester Strong.

Please help spread the word. 
Meet the new #PublicVoices Fellows of @EncoreOrg and @TheOpEdProject — 21 thinkers working at the intersection of #aging, #longevity, #intergenerational connection & #socialjustice encore.org/epvf @heymarci @annmacdougall @katieorenst @AanchieD @ashleyzwick #Gen2Gen
(click to tweet)