Erin Barnes, Obama Fellowship recipient

Erin Barnes, co-founder of past Emerging Leaders Fund grantee organization ioby, was recently selected from a pool of over 20,000 applicants as one of the 20 members of the inaugural class of Obama Foundation Fellows.

Ioby works to mobilizes community members with good ideas to plan, fund, and make positive change in their neighborhoods. According to the Obama Foundation’s website, the two-year fellowship supports the work of “outstanding civic innovators from around the world in order to amplify the impact of their work and to inspire a wave of civic innovation.” Fellows participate in gatherings and pursue a personalized plan to leverage resources to take their organization’s work to the next level.