Fellows in the News

News about the 2016 Leading Edge fellows.

San Francisco Chronicle

Bay Area criminal justice reformer wins MacArthur ‘genius award’

A Bay Area community organizer who started a Silicon Valley nonprofit that helps low-income families defend loved ones against criminal charges and navigate the justice system has been awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant.

Raj Jayadev, the 43-year-old co-founder of Silicon Valley De-Bug, was among 25 people chosen Thursday as 2018 MacArthur Fellows, an annual award given to people who have shown extraordinary creativity and are deemed likely to continue to make important contributions to society.

ABC 7

MacArthur ‘genius grant’ winner from San Jose seeks to reform criminal justice

Raj Jayadev’s turned Silicon Valley De-Bug into a reform movement that gives voice to low-income people facing incarceration, while helping them with their own defense. And now Jayadev is one of 25 recipients of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, known as the “Genius Grant.”

Washington Post

MacArthur ‘genius’ grant winners ponder a new future: ‘Your life can change in an instant.’

The foundation maintains that winners are never chosen for any political reasons or in accordance to any particular theme; the honor is meant purely to recognize work that is “for the benefit of human society.” This year’s class notably includes a number of individuals whose efforts focus on advocating for vulnerable and marginalized communities, often through creative and collaborative work.

LA Sentinel

Reform L.A. Jails Coalition Makes History and Turns in Over 246K Signatures

The Reform L.A. Jails coalition turned in more than 246,000 signatures to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk today calling for its criminal justice reform legislation initiative to be placed on California’s March 2020 Presidential Primary ballot.