2019 Changemakers of the Year

NYU Alumni Changemakers
Building a Better World

Vision. Perseverance. Belief.

These are the qualities that unite this class of NYU Alumni Changemakers—a selected group of NYU alumni whose accomplishments help build a better world.

Chosen by the NYU Alumni Association Board from crowdsourced nominations, these alumni are the best of the best: entrepreneurs and visionaries who save lives, reduce suffering, and bring hope to the marginalized.

Ambition for private gain is one thing. But ambition with the public good in mind?
That’s how you make change.

Meet Brenda

Brenda Berkman

(LAW ’78)

FDNY Captain

Meet Brenda
Meet Taina Bien

Taina Bien-Aimé

(LAW ’91)

Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women

Meet Taina
Meet Matthew

Matthew Campisi

(TANDON ’96, ’20)

Co-founder, UE LifeSciences

Meet Matthew
Meet Adrian

Adrian Kantrowitz

(ARTS ’40)

Cardiac Surgeon

Meet Adrian
Meet Janet

Janet Mock

(GSAS ’06)

Writer and Director

Meet Janet
Meet Jacqueline

Jacqueline Murekatete

(CAS ’07)

Founder, Genocide Survivors Foundation

Meet Jacqueline
Meet Marcia Robinson

Marcia Robinson Lowry

(LAW ’69)

Founder, Children's Rights and A Better Childhood

Meet Marcia
Meet Kristin

Kristin Van Busum

(WAG ’10)

Founder, Project Alianza

Meet Kristin
Meet Erin

Erin Vilardi

(CAS ’03)

Founder, VoteRunLead

Meet Erin
Meet Lori

Lori Wiener

(SSSW ’79, ’88)

Heads National Cancer Institute's Pediatric Psychosocial Support Program

Meet Lori

Be The Light

With more than half-a-million NYU alumni around the globe, we need you to help us shine a light on NYU Alumni Changemakers and their impressive work.

It begins when you take a few moments to fill out a nomination form. Then, the NYU Alumni Association Board of Directors, along with a special committee made up of key members of the NYU community, will review all potential candidates based on the magnitude of the challenge, originality and innovation of the solution, and the results and impact achieved.

Their work sparked significant change. Your nomination illuminates their efforts and extends their impact.

Who inspires you today?

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500,000+NYU Alumni in 183 Countries

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28% of AlumniWork in Education, Entrepreneurship, or Community and Social Services

Past Honorees

Meet our extraordinary honorees from last year whose work is focused on making a better world.

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Meet Eleanor

2018 changemaker

Eleanor Baum

Meet Danielle

2018 changemaker

Danielle Butin

Meet Hannah

2018 changemaker

Hannah Dehradunwala

Meet Jacqueline

2018 changemaker

Jacqueline Fawcett

Meet Hernando

2018 changemaker

Hernando Garzon

Meet Scott

2018 changemaker

Scott Harrison

Meet Martin

2018 changemaker

Martin Hellman

Meet Jean Paul

2018 changemaker

Jean Paul Laurent

Meet Hope

2018 changemaker

Hope Lewis

Meet Eduardo

2018 changemaker

Eduardo Rodriguez


Nominations for 2020 NYU Alumni Changemakers are now closed.

If you have any questions about the process, please let us know at alumni.changemakers@nyu.edu.

Thank you for your nomination! Check back to see who is named a 2019 NYU Alumni Changemaker.

Stay up-to-date with the latest alumni news and events by visiting nyualumni.com.