A Year In Review: Wild Gift Fellows In The News


We are not alone in boasting about the impact our Fellows are making. More than 25% of our Fellows were recognized this past year alone with prestigious awards and media coverage highlighting their accomplishments!

Here is a summary of the COLLECTIVE IMPACT these talented Fellows are making worldwide.

RACHEL BARGE ('09) - Recognized by Forbes Magazine's “Top 30 Under 30 list of Rising Stars in the Energy Sector” for her renewable energy incubator GREENSTART that takes minority stakes in early-stage start-ups focused on software and apps and then brings them in-house for three months to help develop their business model, products, and brand.

JESSICA BELL ('07) - Winner of Toronto's Vital People Award for TOOLS FOR CHANGE that provides skills-building training to Toronto's volunteer, activist, and non-profit sectors.

SARAH BELLOS ('11) - SOUTHERN HUES featured in the Nashville Ledger as a leader in the trend promoting locally-based, small-scale manufacturers and designers of organic lines of clothing merchandise.

BRENDAN BUZZARD ('11) - Named “Explorer of the Week” at National Geographic.

LISA CURTIS ('13) - “KULI KULI bars featured in the San Francisco Chronicle.

AMY FREEMAN ('10) - WILDERNESS CLASSROOM featured in Canoe & Kayak Magazine and nominated as one of 10 People's Choice Adventurer of the Year by NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC for their 3-year 11, 700 mile North American Odyssey by canoe, dogsled, and kayak while inspiring over 85,000 students across the globe through her Wild Gift project.

CODY HOPKINS ('08) - Selected as a Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneur by Hitachi Foundation, and Entrepreneur “Up and Comer” by Forbes Magazine for his business CONWAY LOCALLY GROWN, whose online marketplace has catalyzed a network of 35 farmers and artisans and resulted in the marketing of over $500,000 worth of locally grown and made products to a 300 member co-op.

BROOKE LAURA ('12) - Presented award from Nepal's representative to the United Nations Sewa Adhikari for outstanding leadership and destinguished service to provide quality education to the children of rural Nepal as a true community leader and educator for her work with her Wild Gift venture SAPRINU.

MARGIANA PETERSEN-ROCKNEY ('12) - Featured in the Boston Globe spotlighting FROM PASTURE TO PLATE helping farmers connect with the public, support farmer's efforts to create value-added products from the foods they grow and raise, and enable farms that lack licensed kitchens to offer farm-to-table dinners.

VIRAJ PURI ('05) - GOTHAM GREENS boasts another first - a contract to manage the nation's first commercial-scale greenhouse farm on top of Whole Foods grocery store in Brooklyn leading the charge in the urban agriculture movement.

KIRK ROSE ('10) - ANCHORAGE COMMUNITY TRUST awarded the Most Innovative Community Development Project reversing urban blight, attracting new businesses and much needed jobs, reducing crime and stabilizing historic community while also working with local partners to establish an array of housing options.

MONICA SAMEC ('08) - Monica's venture SMALL WORLD CARBON assisted SMEFUNDSGREEN ENERGY & BIOFUELS (Nigeria), one of the fastest growing clean energy programs in Africa, being named the Best Clean Energy Investment Opportunity in West Africa for its $28 million investment in the first round scaling up their renewable ethanol cooking gel production and clean cookstove manufacturing.

MARTY SCHNURE ('13) - Marty's venture MAPS FOR GOOD featured as one of Patagonia's Environmental Initiatives.



Wild Gift Fellow Heather Lukacs