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Meet the 2019 Semifinalists

Read about our 41 Semifinalists and dive into their pitch videos on our YouTube playlist.


Claire Spector
Santa Rosa, California, USA
Joshua Loya
Joshua Loya
La Mesa, California, USA
Mona Minkara
Mona Minkara, USA
2019 Holman Prizewinner
Jennifer Lavarnway
Jennifer Lavarnway
Spokane, Washington, USA
Deniz, Yunus, Utku and Mina
Deniz, Yunus, Utku & Mina
İstanbul, Sariyer, Turkey
Massah Bonface
Bonface Massah
Lilongwe, Malawi
Ness Vlajkovic
Ness Vlajkovic
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Trevor Attenberg
Trevor Attenberg
Portland, Oregon, USA
Brian Sithole speaks on a stage.
Brian Malvin Sithole
Harare, Zimbabwe
Portrait of Alexandria Brito.
Alexandria Brito
Oceano, California, USA
Portrait of Natalie Devora.
Natalie Devora
Alameda, California, USA
Portrait of Michelle Young.
Michelle Young
Craigton, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Bryan Bashin

Bryan Bashin

Portrait photo of Bryan Bashin

Bryan Bashin has led a diverse life since he graduated UC Berkeley in history and journalism.  Mr. Bashin first spent 15 years as a journalist in television, radio and print, specializing in science news.   In 1998 he was hired as Executive Director of the Sacramento Society for the Blind, where he quintupled the number of hours of teaching and developed innovative programs such as the Senior Intensive Retreat and summer immersion camps.  In 2004 Mr. Bashin was hired as the   Region  IX assistant regional commissioner for the US Department of Education’s west coast branch of RSA, overseeing funding for $500 million in federal disability programs.  In 2010 he was hired to lead the Lighthouse for the Blind in San Francisco, where he works today with a staff of 140.  Mr. Bashin is a relentless  innovator, working with a remarkable idealistic staff.  Throughout his  career, Mr. Bashin has worked in the confluence of high technology, social  advocacy and governmental partnerships.