Entrepreneurs

Accelerate Change supports digital media entrepreneurs who are committed to social justice. These entrepreneurs have developed some of the fastest growing digital news platforms in the country.

 

Liz Alarcón, Founder & Director of Pulso

Liz Alarcón is a communicator and social entrepreneur. Along with leading Pulso, Liz comments and writes on Latin America, Latinx issues and current events. She has been featured in The New York Times, Time, USA Today, CGTN América, Financiero Bloomberg, The Miami Herald and HuffPost, among others. Liz is a former Fulbright Scholar to Costa Rica and holds a B.A. in International Studies & Sociology from the University of Miami and a Master’s in Latin American Studies from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She is on the board of Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Office of New Americans and is a part of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband, Julián.

David Ellmann, Founder & Director of ProgressPop

At age 19, David dropped out of college to co-found a social enterprise that tried to create a home for millennials to find a nonprofit they love and to take action to support it. That startup didn’t take off, and after returning up college to get his degree, David joined Accelerate Change, where he worked across AC’s network of ventures for 2 years before founding ProgressPop. David is a recipient of the Bend the Arc Jeremiah Fellowship, he was a Co-Chair of the Bend the Arc SoCal Criminal Justice Committee, and was a New Leaders Council Los Angeles Engaged Fellow. You can often find him hanging out with his cats Mac (short for Mac & Cheese) and Ubi (short for Universal Basic Income).

Veronika Geronimo, Founder & Director of Revolution English

Veronika founded Revolution English to reach a large scale of immigrants, support their English-learning, and as a way to get critical information and resources directly into the hands of immigrants. Prior to founding Revolution English, Veronika was supporting grassroots and community-based movement for policy change for more than 15 years. In 2001, Veronika worked with undocumented immigrant students to pass AB 540, California’s landmark tuition equity bill for undocumented students. She was also part of a statewide, broad coalition effort to establish state safety-net programs for new immigrants in California. Veronika has held leadership positions with the Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Hawaii Immigrant Rights Coalition, California Immigrant Policy Center, PALS for Health, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice.