The only Indian to be shortlisted amongst the 20 individuals working in the civic and social sector for a prestigious fellowship from former US president Barack Obama’s foundation is a woman named Preethi Herman – who currently serves as Global Executive Director of Change.org. Even as over 20,000 applications streamed in from 191 countries for this coveted programme, Preethi’s credentials and experience won her a spot in the first edition of the Obama Foundation Fellowship. The announcement was made yesterday, stating that the 19 others selected for the programme hail from countries like the US, the UK, the Philippines, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mali, Rwanda, Hungary, Greece and South Africa – and also include one Indian-origin man from the US, Navdeep Kang.
Hailing from a small town called Gudalur near Ooty in Tamil Nadu, Preethi was born to a middle-class family and had also spent some time working with the tribals of Orissa and Dalit communities of Karnataka, before joining Change.org.
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