Jolly serves as Invisible Children's regional ambassador for East and central Africa. In 2003, Jolly Grace Okot brought Invisible Children’s three founders to northern Uganda. Her guidance enabled the filmmakers to create the original Rough Cut documentary, and her leadership and passion helped develop Invisible Children’s grassroots initiatives in Uganda.
Jonnie, Ben, Duncan and Dave started The Buried Life in their parents' garage. They made a list of "100 things to do before you die" and for every item they accomplished, they helped a stranger do something on their list. Since that day, they've crossed off "Make a TV Show (MTV)," "Write a #1 NYT Bestselling Book," and "Play Ball with Obama." We admire both their methods and their madness.
Today Jay Naidoo chairs the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), a global foundation fighting malnutrition and hunger. In the 1990s he was an anti-apartheid activist and a minister in Nelson Mandela's cabinet. And in the 1980s he was a leader in the South African trade union movement. Obviously, Mr. Naidoo is the social activist of our dreams.
iO Tillett Wright is an artist whose work focuses on the leading margins of contemporary life and culture. Her photography was regularly featured on two New York Times blogs and her TED talk Fifty Shades of Gay became a staple conversation point in the national equality discussion. She has published three limited edition books of photographs, has directed several music videos, and worked as a professional film actor for 19 years, in addition to founding the world's first nationally distributed street art magazine. We love overachievers.
Linda Sarsour is a working woman, community activist, and mother of three. Ambitious, outspoken and independent, Linda shatters stereotypes of Muslim women while also treasuring her religious and ethnic heritage. A Palestinian Muslim American and a born-and-raised New Yorker, she is currently the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York.
Adam Braun is the Founder & CEO of Pencils of Promise. The organization was founded with $25 in October 2008 using what Braun describes as a "For-Purpose" approach to blending nonprofit idealism with for-profit business principles. The organization has now delivered over 5 million educational hours to children around the world.
Dan Pallotta is a philanthropist, activist, author, president of Advertising for Humanity, founder of the Charity defense Council, and creator of the AIDS Rides and Breast Cancer 3-Days, and the multi-day charity fundraising industry to boot. His TED Talk alone is a huge reason why we get out of bed in the morning.
Harry Shum Jr. is a professional dancer, actor, and choreographer. He has appeared in more than a dozen films, including <em>You Got Served, Stomp The Yard,</em> and second and third installments of the <em>Step Up</em> franchise. He is most well-known for his role as Mike Chang on Fox's hit show <em>Glee.</em><em> </em>In 2011 Shum was awarded a Breakout Performance Award by the East West Players Visionary Awards. In addition to his extensive acting career, Shum is a member of the Legion of Extraordinary Dancers (LXD).
Kathy Eldon is the Co-Founder & Chairman of Creative Visions Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting creative activists. She has worked as a teacher, journalist, author, and film and television producer in England, Africa, and the United States. She is the author of seventeen books, including "In the Heart of Life," coming out in the fall of 2013.
Jamie is the Founder and Creative Director of TWLOHA, an interfaith, non-profit organization which aims to present hope for people struggling with addiction, depression, self injury, and thoughts of suicide while also investing directly into treatment and recovery.
Amy Eldon Turteltaub is the Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Creative Visions Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting creative activists. She is the author of four books, the producer of several documentaries, and the producer of two children. She is the wife of Jon Turteltaub and the sister of our hero, the late Dan Eldon. She wins.
Dale Partridge is the CEO and Founder of Sevenly.org, a social good company based out of Orange County, CA. Each week Sevenly partners with one nonprofit to sell products designed for that charity's cause, with seven dollars from each product sale going to the charity. In two years, Sevenly has given over $2.5 million in $7 donations to charities across the globe. Dale also writes, speaks, and grows a fine beard. Obviously.
Jedidiah has a talent for eloquence and uses it to articulate Invisible Children's mission, casting the vision for the better world that this generation is building. In this role he may be leading trips to Uganda, debriefing interns, drafting partnership contracts or investing in donors. Always a paradox, Jedidiah is both a lawyer and a poet.
The first officially-appointed Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (June 2003- June 2012), he conducted investigations of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide allegedly committed by 32 leaders from seven different countries. He was a visiting Professor at Stanford University and Harvard University and is now in private practice in New York.
Jason is a co-founder of Invisible Children and the Chief Creative Officer. He wholeheartedly believes that if you want to change the world, you have to be crazy enough to believe you can. He does, has, was, and still is.
Ben is the Executive Director and CEO of Invisible Children, Inc. He embraces the impossible and plots the course of Invisible Children's innovative programs.
Caine Monroy was 9 years old when he created “Caine’s Arcade.” With a good amount of cardboard and a soaring imagination, Caine changed the way we look at creativity. Nirvan Mullick made a film about Caine's arcade that received over 7 million views. Since then, Caine has inspired more than 100 schools in 9 different countries to create their own cardboard arcades.
University and co-wrote the musical "Witness Uganda" with Matt Gould. Witness
inhumanity. We love a story of self-discovery almost as much as we love musicals.
Sophia Bush is one of our three favorite actresses. In addition to her years of unfailing support of Invisible Children, she also supports Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (preserves biodiversity in East Africa) and Art of Elysium (brings together artists and seriously ill children), and Pencils of Promise. We're in love with her.
Guillaume, a Frenchman, joined Invisible Children in 2012 in order to establish our protection programs in the Central African Republic. Specifically, he is implementing the Early Warning Radio Network, working with FM radios to encourage LRA combatants to surrender, as well as supporting local associations working with victims of the LRA. Originally from Paris, Guillaume has spent the last 7 years working in East and central Africa.
Noah Gundersen is a folk singer not of this time. He stands as a voice of truth and introspection in an industry determined to avoid those two things. The Seattle singer-songwriter is one of our favorite musicians, and his dedication to causes like Invisible Children and To Write Love On Her Arms is all the more admirable.
Jon M. Chu is a feature film writer, director, and producer. Since graduating from USC School of Cinematic Arts, he has direct Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and is the writer and creator of Legion of Extraordinary Dancers (LXD) and DS2DIO. He has been among the most faithful IC supporters since the very beginning and in our make-believe world, he's on staff.
Nirvan Mullick is a filmmaker and the founder of the Imagination Foundation. Nirvan's short film "Caine's Arcade"--about a 9-year-old boy's cardboard arcade--became a viral phenomenon, sparking the imagination and creativity of millions of kids, educators, and mentors worldwide. This year, the Imagination Foundation will engage 1 million kids in 70 countries.
Elijah Muchiri, from Nairobi, Kenya, joined Invisible Children Uganda (ICU) as head of the Gulu office in June 2012. In that position he provides entrepreneurial leadership to the team of directors and managers, overseeing operations and team management. Before coming to ICU, Elijah worked as head of office for Mercy Corps for 6 years. Throughout his career, Elijah has worked in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and DR Congo.
New York-based DJ duo Jen Mozenter and Claire Schlissel are the Jane Doze. With a couple of million YouTube views & Soundcloud plays, and countless artistic endorsements for their upbeat fusion of a dynamic and eclectic hodgepodge of artists, from Katy Perry to Marvin Gaye, from Big Sean to Gotye.
Matt Gould co-wrote Witness Uganda, a musical about one man's search for his place in an unjust world. Matt is an actor, singer, writer, director, and composer. Suffice to say, he's creative.
Munduga Patrick is the Regional Head of Office at Invisible Children's office in Kampala, Uganda. He first joined Invisible Children in 2007 as the head engineer with a background in civil engineering, project management, and water & waste engineering. Additionally, Patrick was on the frontlines of Invisible Children's decision in 2010 to begin protection initiatives on the frontlines of the LRA conflict.
Becky Straw is the Co-Founder and Chief Adventurist of The Adventure Project, a nonprofit "adding venture" capital that creates jobs in developing countries. They believe supporting entrepreneurs is the most effective way to end extreme poverty, and want to create one million jobs in the next ten years. A fun fact: prior to founding The Adventure Project, she was the third employee at charity: water. She's a trailblazer, this one.
Kristen Bell attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and went on to become a television, film, and theater actress. Her philanthropy is as impressive as her resume. She is a faithful advocate of Invisible Children, charity: water, and Do Something, and loves her rescue dogs, new daughter, and sloths. But not in that order.
Richard Matthew is a Professor in the Schools of Social Ecology and Social Science at the University of California at Irvine, and founding Director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs. He studies the environmental dimensions of conflict and peace-building and has done extensive field work in conflict zones in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. He has served on several UN missions and has over 150 publications.
Rachel Bilson is an American Actress known for her work on the television shows "Hart of Dixie" and "The OC". She traveled with Invisible Children to Uganda and Rwanda in 2010.
Beth Karlin founded and directs the Transformational Media Lab at the University of California Irvine, where she studies the role of new media and technology for social and environmental change. In addition to studying IC, her current projects investigate the psychological dimensions of energy conservation, technology-enabled feedback, and documentary film campaigns.
Sangita Shresthova's work focuses on the intersection between popular culture, performance, new media, politics, and globalization. She is the Research Director of Henry Jenkins’ Media Activism & Participatory Politics (MAPP) project, based at the University of Southern California. She holds a Ph.D. from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures and MSc. degrees from MIT and LSE.
Bryn is the co-founder of RYOT, the first news site that links every story to an action. Bryn was named one of Esquire Magazine’s “2012 Americans of the Year” for his work in Haiti. As Country Director for Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ), Bryn helped build APJ’s secondary school in Port-au-Prince, which now educates 1,400 Haitian youth per year. APJ is a celebrity-backed organization providing education to the very poor in Haiti. Before working in Haiti, Bryn served in the Peace Corps in West Africa and hitchhiked from Bangkok to Berlin. Bryn is also an award-winning film maker. In his spare time, he plays bass and saxophone in the London-based band Proud Mary.