J. Luce Leadership Team Lauded by Forbes, Gates, Ford Foundation

New York, N.Y. The J. Luce Foundation and Orphans International leadership team, comprised of  Young Global Leaders, Fellows, Scholars, Honorees, and Artists-in-Residence, have achieved accolades from several other institutions, including The Gates Foundation and Forbes magazine.

600-EvinEvin Floyd Robinson, co-founder of New York on Tech, receiving the 
J. Luce Foundation NGLO Leadership Award in 2015. Photo: New York on Tech.

Chinh H. Duong, Luce Fellow 2018, is both a Gates Millennium Scholar and a Dell Scholar studying for his Ph.D. in chemistry at Yale University. The Gates program promotes academic excellence, provides opportunities, and reduces financial barriers for students of color.


Christopher Rim, Luce Leader 2012, was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 for Education in 2018 for ‘Bringing access and opportunity to the classroom and beyond.’ As an undergrad at Yale, Christopher helped conduct a national survey that asked how students feel in schools. The response: tired, stressed, and bored. This inspired him to start Command Education Group, which uses EQ coaching to help students gain admission to elite universities.


In the past 18 months, 97% of his students were accepted into their top three colleges. Command uses a one-for-one business model: one free ride for low-income students for every paying student. Chris has also been recognized as one of People’s ‘Heroes Among Us’ and serves on Facebook’s inspirED board. Jim Luce wrote Anti-Bullying Hero Hopes for Harvard for HuffPo in 2012 when Chris was still in high school.

Chris_Rim-6-134-NEWChris Rim accepting an award from the New York City Council, presented by 
the Hon. Jumaane D. Williams of Brooklyn. Photo: J. Luce Foundation.

Evin Floyd Robinson and Jessica Santana, founders of New York on Tech and recipients of the J. Luce Foundation 2015 NGO Leadership Award, received the Forbes 30 Under 30 for Education in 2017. According to Forbes, “The underside of the NYC public school system is that just 1% of its 1.1 million students receive computing and infosys education. One bright light is NYOT, whose goal is to create pathways for underrepresented students to thrive in technology and innovation. It offers immersive programs for high schoolers (including mentorship and internship opportunities), after school programs and alumni support.”

Evin formerly worked as a tech consultant for Accenture and was named a Wells Fargo Millennial Activist and LinkedIn Millennial Influencer. Jessica’s work has been recognized as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and Entrepreneur in Residence at General Assembly; she is also one of the inaugural technology anchors on Univision.

Orphans International Global Officer Amin Amanullah, from Indonesia, was a Ford Foundation International Fellow in 2008. He earned his Masters degree in Social Justice in Intercultural Relations, at the School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute in Vermont. This Ford Foundation program is for social change leaders from the world’s most vulnerable populations. The program was established in 2001 with an initial grant of $280 million—the largest single grant in the foundation’s history. As envisioned, the vast majority of alumni returned to their home countries and dedicated themselves to improving conditions in their communities. They have gone on to make their mark in countries around the world—holding public office, heading international and government agencies, building civil society organizations, and mobilizing grassroots campaigns to defend the rights of all people.

In addition, two NGO’s heavily promoted by the J. Luce Foundation including multiple stories written for the Huffington Post and Stewardship Report, went on to be CNN Heroes – “everyday people changing the world,” each of whom shows how one person can truly make a difference. These were Andeisha Farid (2011) and Robin Lim (2011). See stories by Jim Luce below.

Jim Luce, founder and president, has been acknowledge for his work with both orphans and young global leaders by the U.S. Congress on numerous occasions.

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The Editors
The Stewardship Report on Connecting Goodness is the communications platform of The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation (www.lucefoundation.org). There are now more than 100 contributors around the world to this publication.

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