Our Grant Advisors
We believe that the best people to review grant applications are those who have personal experience working on similar initiatives. Our grant review team includes Pollination Project grantees and other trusted individuals working on many different issues around the world. A minimum of 3 people on this team reviews each qualified application. Together, they use the breadth of their experience to make the funding decisions for our grants
Adam Rubin is the Executive Director of RENEW, an organization he co-founded with Uswege Mwakapango in Tanzania in 2013 as a way to empower youth to create their own local solutions to local problems by encouraging creativity and participatory learning. RENEW provides powerful leadership training to underserved students to inspire, empower, and enable them to develop and transform their communities. The RENEW leadership program is a workshop that focuses on providing underserved youth with essential life skills and opportunities for leadership and service within their communities by allowing them to identify problems and create their own initiatives.
RENEW received a Pollination Project grant in 2014, has reached over 700 students at 4 different schools in Tanzania and is now bringing the leadership program to Arizona.
Adam is currently completing the Master of Nonprofit Studies (MNpS) degree at Arizona State University, and has a BA in Political Science from the University of Arizona.
Abdul Kinyenya is the Founder of Batalo East, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing well-rounded young people through traditional and urban dance education, festivals, workshops, outreach, theatre and social entrepreneurship. Batalo East received a Pollination Project grant in 2014.
He is an educator, choreographer and entrepreneur with a passion for catalyzing social development through the creative arts and business partnerships. Abdul holds a degree in International Business, focusing on social business, with experience in managing non-profits concentrating on areas of social development.
He has been a WIEF Young Leaders Network Fellow, a Hip Hop dance Ambassador with the U.S. State Department, is a resident artist at Uganda’s National Cultural Centre and is the Artistic Director of Uganda’s best-know hip hop dance group, Tabu Flo, who won the young achievers award in 2011. Abdul is also an accomplished facilitator in workshops and dialogues on dance movements and advocacy for the arts in East Africa.
He has developed concepts for up cycling, including the “Urban Market”, an offshoot of Batalo East, which markets recycled/redesigned clothing to support sustainable programming.
His choreographed works have focused on addressing social issues, including: ‘ill-legitimate” about child labor, The Speech (freedom of expression with tabu flo), food security in karamoja, sustainable construction of safe green houses and water protection among others in northeastern Uganda.
Adriana is the founder and director of Habitat Sur, a foundation that was born in the Colombian Amazon to promote initiatives with high social, cultural and environmental value focused on strengthening communities in the most vulnerable sectors of the population. She holds a BA in Governance and International Relations from the Externado University of Colombia, obtained an MSc in Political Science from Los Andes University (Bogotá, Colombia) and an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics LSE (London, UK). Her experience over 12 years working with marginalized communities in Colombia and India, both in the public and private sectors and with NGOs have given her knowledge and firsthand practice in the design, planning, implementation and management of high social impact projects.
Adriana is a highly motivated entrepreneur who enjoys encouraging others to pursue their dreams and value the enormous capacity of any person to give to others and make a positive impact in their communities. Adriana received an initial grant from the Pollination Project in June 2014 for her work on Bibliovan, and was also the recipient of an impact grant in December 2014.
Alicia White is the President and Founder of Project Petals, a non-profit project that focuses on revitalizing under-served areas, for which she received a Pollination Project grant.
She is a social entrepreneur, urban strategist, and designer with a passion for expanding the environmental and economic growth of urban areas. She has studied law, nonprofit management and is an experienced designer. Alicia has worked in the areas of development, client relations and events where she has worked on campaigns and cultivation events that have grossed millions of dollars. Alicia has been a City Parks Foundation Fellow and utilizes her experience in public, private and the nonprofit sectors to continue to push for and work on progressive changes in communities.
Alicia has also worked for art organizations where she has coordinated large scale events, cultivated and expanded client outreach, and through her work has positively affected the lives and careers of performance artists. She has dedicated her career to the betterment of spaces, design and to advocate on behalf of communities in need of a voice. In addition, she has a passion to improve the human condition in any capacity that she can.
Alisha Golden is the founder of Do Something Epic Agency. A lifestyle, brand strategy, marketing, and management firm for conscious people, brands, and organizations. Alisha’s passion for people, combined with her keen marketing sense and love for business, has catapulted her into a world of entrepreneurial service. She is aimed at creating lasting change by working to unify societal divisions, dis-connected business practices, and hearts and minds of people everywhere.
As the founder of Do Something Epic Agency she is bridging the gap by helping people and brands connect to purposeful action and introducing new platforms for socially conscious brands and professionals that reach wider audiences. Alisha is forging a global revolution that has the power to help the whole world heal by broadening awareness of the power of purposeful, conscious, and healthy living.
Check out Alisha’s blog at KIND.
Amy is a social justice advocate. She strives to be a locavore and delights in climbing coconut trees and sharing food from her garden. Amy is continually inspired by TPP applicants and is honored to collaborate with the Matungu Community Development Charity, in rural western Kenya, to plan public health and community empowerment programs.
Amy has a Master’s in Public Health, focusing on Health Policy and Management, a BA in Anthropology, a minor in Occupational Safety & Health and is a licensed massage therapist. She passionately teaches introductory massage therapy courses at Kalani Honua, in Puna and provides medical massage for Big Island residents and guests.
Anna Farquhar has worked as an Elementary teacher for the last 23 years. During this time she has taught a variety of subjects including French and Science. Five years ago, she moved to a new school named after Lt. General Roméo Dallaire and was fortunate enough to meet her hero. The school motto is “Making a difference in our school, our community and in our world”. This Social Justice motto became the force behind the community projects Anna and her students have undertaken.
In 2014 she was inspired by Cole Galloway, the founder of Go Baby Go, to have her students adapt motorized ride on cars for children with mobility issues. The Seed Grant from the Pollination Project made Go Baby Go Canadian version a reality. The difference this grant has made for her students as well as the recipients of the cars cannot be measured.
Anthony Ayebare is founder of Global Batwa outreach, a Ugandan non profit for which he is Executive Director. With over 7 years of non-profit experience, he works with low resource communities to bring out the best in them.
Anthony received a seed grant from The Pollination Project in support of his work