Emerson Collective

Encouraging individuals of exceptional talent and creativity to advance bold new projects in education, immigration, the environment, social justice, media, and health.

Visionary individuals from across disciplines pursuing bold new projects.

Reem Assil
Recover and Renew Cohort
Chef & Activist

Reem Assil is a Palestinian-Syrian chef, and the owner of Reem’s California, an Arab bakery in the San Francisco Bay Area, inspired by street-corner bakeries in Damascus and Beirut, and the vibrant communities that surround them. Previously, Assil worked for more than a decade as a labor and community organizer.

Camille A. Brown
Recover and Renew Cohort
Choreographer & Educator

Camille A. Brown is an acclaimed choreographer, and founder and artistic director of Camille A. Brown & Dancers. Her work, which invites audiences into dialogues about race, culture, and identity, has appeared on Broadway, and has been commissioned by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Metropolitan Opera, and many other organizations.

Mona Chalabi
Recover and Renew Cohort
Data Journalist

Mona Chalabi is a data journalist and artist who uses handmade illustrations and graphics to bring a human, moral perspective to complex data and information. She is currently the data editor for the Guardian US.

Mónica Feliú-Mójer
Recover and Renew Cohort
Science Communicator

Mónica Feliú-Mójer is a neurobiologist by training and a science communication expert using culturally relevant storytelling to make critical scientific information more engaging and accessible to historically marginalized communities.

Anita Ho
Recover and Renew Cohort

Anita Ho is a bioethicist and researcher, focusing on the intersection of technology and systemic inequities in health care. She is an associate professor at the University of British Columbia and at the University of California, San Francisco, and a regional director of ethics for Providence St. Joseph Health.

Andrew Janss
Recover and Renew Cohort

An accomplished cellist, Andrew Janss is the founding member of the Escher Quartet, and the co-artistic director of the nonprofit Project: Music Heals Us, which brings live-music performances and interactive programming to communities across the U.S.

Nia Johnson
Recover and Renew Cohort
Lawyer & Bioethicist

Nia Johnson is a lawyer, bioethicist, and health policy doctoral candidate at Harvard University, where she uses data analysis and survey methods to tell the stories of people impacted by systemic inequities in health care.

Adam Perez
Recover and Renew Cohort
Photographer & Filmmaker

Adam Perez is a photographer and filmmaker whose intimate work across portraiture, reportage, and documentary film, explores themes of systemic poverty, migration, and climate change.

Brie Williams
Recover and Renew Cohort
Physician & Advocate

Brie Williams is a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and the director of Amend, a program focused on transforming the dehumanizing culture of mass incarceration.

Seema Yasmin
Recover and Renew Cohort
Epidemiologist & Journalist

Seema Yasmin is a physician, epidemiologist, and journalist. She is the director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative, an interdisciplinary effort pioneering effective ways to discuss complex medical issues and address the spread of health and science misinformation and disinformation.

Keolu Fox
Genome Scientist & Data Justice Advocate

Keolu Fox is an Native Hawaiian geneticist and assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego. He is working to build new, more equitable systems for managing the health data of Indigenous communities.

Valeria Luiselli

Valeria Luiselli is an author and writer who explores themes of immigration, migration, mass incarceration, and violence through fiction and nonfiction writing.

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
Senior Fellow

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio is a writer from New York City whose work explores complex, stereotype-defying themes of migration, mental illness, beauty, and intergenerational drama.

Reginald Dwayne Betts
Senior Fellow
Poet + Lawyer

Reginald Dwayne Betts is a poet and lawyer whose work explores the impact of violence and incarceration on American society. He is the Director of the Freedom Reads, an initiative to radically transform access to literature in prisons.

At Emerson Collective, we believe that individuals have the power to untangle hard problems with ingenuity, to excavate human truths through art, to bring justice to our most calcified systems. We believe that an individual voice can inspire us, unite us, and show us the way forward.

We also believe that such individual innovation requires both support and freedom to flourish — so that individuals can follow their creative instincts, take risks and make big bets, and set off on paths with unknown destinations.

Emerson Collective supports visionary individuals to pursue such intellectual, creative, and professional ambitions through the Emerson Collective Fellowship. Each Fellow’s work and projects advance the public understanding in Emerson Collective’s priority areas, creating new avenues for progress.

Often structured as one year of direct support, the Emerson Collective Fellowship is designed to help a remarkable individual advance a new project. With minimal ongoing programming, the fellowship gives individuals the autonomy to advance their current work, pursue exciting new chapters with unknown destinations, and make lasting breakthroughs. Emerson also works directly with Fellows to help their work reach greater exposure and impact.

Fellows are selected through an invitation-only application process. We select Fellows based on an established track record of excellence and originality; a deep engagement in education, immigration, social justice, the environment, and health; and the potential to pursue vital new work with the support of a fellowship.

Occasionally, an Emerson Collective Fellow will return as a Senior Fellow to pursue a new project or body of work over the course of 12 months. Emerson Collective Senior Fellows engage deeply with the extended Emerson Collective network, and their insight, creativity, and expertise help inform our priorities.

Emerson Collective Dial Fellowship
Equipping remarkable social entrepreneurs with new communications tools to strengthen their voices and extend the impact of their work.
New America Fellowship
In collaboration with New America, supporting writers, journalists, and storytellers in completing ambitious new book projects.