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Ashoka Fellow Billy Parish founded Mosaic to create a platform for people to invest in clean energy infrastructure, revolutionizing the two biggest industries in the world: energy and finance. His mission is to open up clean energy investing and fundamentally change the way energy is financed. Mosaic connects investors to solar projects in need of financing. As the solar project produces clean electricity, it generates revenue by selling power to the solar customer. As the project earns revenue, investors are paid back with interest. Already, hundreds of people from across the United States have invested thousands of dollars to finance solar projects through Mosaic's online marketplace.
Mosaic is hiring for several positions in the Oakland area. For an updated list click here
Ashoka Fellow Elizabeth Hausler Strand founded Build Change to greatly reduce deaths, injuries and economic losses caused by housing collapses due to earthquakes in developing countries. After a major earthquake in a developing country, agencies typically build masses of houses that are not always culturally appropriate and sustainable in the local construction sector. The opportunity to build local capacity is often missed, and in many cases, the houses built after the funding and technical assistance cease are not earthquake-resistant. Build Change takes a different approach by designing earthquake-resistant houses for developing countries and training builders, homeowners, engineers, and government officials to build them. To date Build Change has built 18,701 new houses, and trained 3,127 better builders and 3,383 engineers.
Through the Mission Asset Fund, Ashoka Fellow José Quiñonez is helping financially excluded communities - particularly low-income and immigrant families - become visible, active, and sucessful participatns in the U.S. financial mainstream. José is positioning citizen sector organizations – starting with his – to become bridge-builders between un-banked and under-banked communities and the mainstream financial sectors in a way that builds new pathways to economic inclusion. Since 2008, José and his team have facilitated more than $1.3 million in zero-interest, zero-fee loans to more than 1,300 people. José has transformed the Mission Asset Fund from an organization focused on the financial inclusion of the Latino community in San Francisco's Mission district, to an initiative with national ambitions. He is currently replicating his approach through carefully selected community-based organizations in California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Minnesota.
San Fransisco, CA
Ashoka Fellow Marc Freedman's organization, Encore.org, is leading the call to engage millions of boomers as a vital workforce for change. Through an inventive program portfolio, original research, strategic alliances and the power of people's own life stories, Encore.org demonstrates the value of experience in solving serious social problems - from education to the environment and health care to homeslessness. Founded in 1998, Encore.org (formerly Civic Ventures) is a nonprofit organization working to promote encore careers - second acts for the greater good - definig the second half of life as a time of individual and social renewal.
Ashoka Fellow, Gerald Chertavian, is redefining how talent is perceived in the United States by solving America's growing skills gap while providing employment opportunities for disconnected 18-24 year-olds. Year Up creates a new pathway for potentially millions of marginalized citizens to become initiative-takers and contributors to growth in America's business society. These young adults have the opportunity to set their trajectory in life by enlisting in a yearlong professional development program targeted specifically to their needs. In a high expectation, high support environment, Year Up students earn and stipend while taking classes for six months in technical, communication, and professional skills, followed by a six-month paid apprenticeship with major companies in a growing number of cities around the nation.
A listing of nationwide career opportunities can be found here.
Ashoka Fellow Will Byrne's organization, Groundswell, increases community investment in clean energy to create local economic opportunity. We organize neighborhood associations, faith institutions and community non-profits to create group purchases of clean energy and efficiency upgrades. We ensure that these investments expand local economic opportunity through business development, ensuring workers receive access to benefits and are paid family-supporting wages, and strenghtening mission driven institutions that serve their communities.
For more than 15 years, Ashoka Fellow Jill Vialet's organization, Playworks, has leveraged the power of play at recess and throughout the school day to accelerate children’s learning and improve school climate. In partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Playworks currently serves more than 300 schools in 23 cities across the country, reaching 130,000 children daily. Principals and teachers tell us as a result of having Playworks on their campus, kids are more active, bullying, fights and injuries significantly decrease, and students return to the classroom focused and ready to learn.
New York, NY
Ashoka's Fellow Paul Rieckhoff's organization, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, is the country's first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. With more than 200,000 Member Veterans and civilian supporters nationwide, IAVA is building the next greatest generation with a three-pronged model based on advocacy, awareness, and assistance.
The following positions are open:
New York City
Chief Program Officer (Programs Division)
Chief Development Officer (Resources Division)
Major Gifts Officer (Resources Department)
Development Coordinator (Development Department)
Communications Director (Communications Department)
Online Communications Coordinator (Digital Engagement Department)
Legislative Director (Policy Division)
Research Coordinator (Policy Division)
IAVA also offers many internship opportunities. Click here for current availability.
Ashoka's Fellow David Wish's organization, Little Kids Rock, is a national nonprofit that transforms children's lives by restoring and revitalizing music education in disadvantaged public schools by partnering with school districts, training public school teachers in their innovative curriculum, and donating all of the instruments and resources necessary to run rockin’ music programs.
The following position(s) are open:
Ashoka's Fellow Derek Ellerman's organization, Polaris Project, is a leading non-governmental organization combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery, with programs operating at the international, national, and local levels. Polaris Project is expanding its management capacity through the addition of a Deputy Director to oversee core business operating areas of the organization that are vital to its success and growth.
Ashoka's Fellow Dana Mortenson's organization World Savvy is an organization that educates and engages youth in community and world affairs, to learn, work and thrive as responsible global citizens in the 21st century.
The following position(s) are open:
San Francisco, CA
Ashoka's Fellow Aleta Margolis's organization Center for Inspired Teaching is an organization that supports teaching that recognizes each child's innate desire to learn and builds on individual strengths to maximize academic, social and emotional achievement.
The following position(s) are open:
Mentors and Course Instructors, Inspired Teacher Certification Program
Teaching and Learning Intern