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#PDF12: Announcing This Year's PDF Google Fellows

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, June 4 2012

We're pleased to announce the following people have been named Google Fellows for Personal Democracy Forum 2012. Fifteen highly creative and talented people were selected out of a competitive pool of more than one hundred. Congrats to you all and see you next week at PDF12.

They are:

Joseph Agoada, international strategic communication specialist and social intrapreneur currently part of the new UNICEF Social and Civic Media team;
Abhishek Bhatnagar, an ICT researcher and software developer with the Sentinel Project for Genocide Prevention;
Amber Goodwin, Director of Network Initiatives for, a non-profit that improves the way that democracy works by investing in Millennial-driven solutions;
Celio Guarate, an activist with Jóvenes Trabajando Aquí, a Venezuelan student and voting rights organization;
Dean Haddock, Head of Technology for StoryCorps, a non-profit in New York whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives
Bethany Henderson, founder of City Hall Fellows, a non-partisan national service corps for city governments;
Sabrina Hersi Issa, the Digital Director at Be Bold Media and the co-founder of, a community dedicated to seeking sustainable solutions to global hunger launched in response to the famine in the Horn of Africa and powered by Somali diaspora around the world;
Chris Herwig, a member of Occupy Data and an advocate for open data and governmental accountability;
Heather Leson, Ushahidi's Director of Community Engagement, in charge of creating and managing programs for Ushahidi’s diverse community, and mentoring members of its open-source developer ecosystem;
Martin Long, a judge and mentor at MassChallenge;
Anne Nelson, a specialist in international media, who teaches New Media and Development Communications at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs and consults for a range of foundations;
Karen Suhaka, the creator of BillTrack50 a new service that enables people to monitor legislative developments at the state level;
Susannah Vila, Principal and co-founder of The Engine Room, which investigates and supports the effective use of digital media and mobile phones by advocates around the world
Meredith Whipple, an Internet policy research assistant at Consumers Union;
Nathan Woodhull, Executive Director of ControlShift Labs, a not-for-profit provider of distributed online organizing tools for social movements around the world.

Congratulations to everyone, and see you next week at #PDF12.