Atlas Corps: 15 Year Anniversary

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Atlas Corps: 15 Year Anniversary
Atlas Corps: 15 Year Anniversary
Atlas Corps: 15 Year Anniversary
Atlas Corps: 15 Year Anniversary
Atlas Corps: 15 Year Anniversary
Atlas Corps: 15 Year Anniversary
Atlas Corps: 15 Year Anniversary
Atlas Corps: 15 Year Anniversary
Bidjan and Alum Patience (Nigeria) at AidEx
Bidjan and Alum Patience (Nigeria) at AidEx

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank YOU! As we get ready to celebrate American Thanksgiving, I want to take this moment to appreciate you as a valued member of our community! Your support enables Atlas Corps to build bridges amongst global professionals and to engage emerging leaders on talent journeys to inspire positive impact at home and abroad! We achieved 1,500 Atlas Corps Fellows and Scholars from 115 countries with your support!

Last week, right before presenting our work on a panel at the AidEx conference in Brussels, I met our Alumna Patience (Nigeria, Class 33, Host: The Center for Teen Empowerment) who served in Boston, returned to Nigeria to work in development, and is currently completing her Masters degree in the UK. She is one of those 1,500 members of our Community who are on a talent journey making a difference for others who inspire us to continue to invest with your support as we move into 2023!

I hope we can inspire you to continue be part of these Atlas Corps journeys with these three simple actions:

  • Meet Our Community - Meet our Fellows and Scholars at and
  • Share Our Application - Right now, we are recruiting emerging leaders from Andorra, Bolivia, India, Nicaragua, and Spain. We have special opportunities for them in 2023! Learn more at
  • Mark Your Calendars - Join me on GivingTuesday, November 29, 12:30 PM EST for a livestream update to our community. You can learn more at

Together, let's continue moving forward as a global community. Let's support talented individuals, like Patience, who are inspired by our passion for service and motivated by our interaction with one another!

Let’s end 2022 inspired and embrace the potential of 2023!

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How are you? With September around the corner, I’d like to take a moment to express my gratitude for all of your contributions so far this year. On behalf of our Fellows, Scholars, and Alumni, thank you for making 2022 an impactful year at Atlas Corps. 

We have seen significant highlights in the past 90 days and we have you to thank!

Through your support, we welcomed new dynamic leaders into our global Community, which now includes 1,400+ leaders from 115 countries!

  • In April, we welcomed Class 45, which includes seven Fellows from the countries of India, Nigeria, El Salvador, Indonesia, and Rwanda.
  • In May, we welcomed our second year of 50 Hilton Scholars from 31 countries, including the three new counties of Lesotho, New Zealand, and Portugal.
  • In July, we welcomed Class 46, which includes seven Fellows from Pakistan, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, and Nigeria, as well as five American Indian Foundation (AIF) Fellows.

Thank you for cultivating the personal and professional growth of leaders like Alumna Vanessa(Class 33, Nicaragua), who is the Earth and Life Sciences teacher at Lincoln International Academy in Nicaragua. 

  • Vanessa, who is motivating youth towards environmentally-conscious behaviors through education and leadership development, extends her gratitude, “Thank you for your time and support to the Atlas Corps community, you are impacting not just the Fellows and Scholars, but also families, communities, and countries.
  • I encourage you to stay updated on our Community by visiting our blog, where you can also read more about Vanessa.

Thank you for supporting our Bonus Day and Celebration of Service on July 20.  I am happy to report that it was a success!

  • We raised over $22,000, surpassing our initial goal of $20,000!
  • We recognized the following Distinguished Honorees:
    • Distinguished Volunteer: Selection Board Member, Clark (Learn more about his volunteer experience here.)
    • Distinguished Host Organization: IFDC (Learn more about their host experience here.)
    • Distinguished Supporter: Conrad N. Hilton Foundation! (Learn more about our partnership with the Hilton Foundation here.)
  • In case you missed the virtual celebration, I encourage you to enjoy the recording of the celebration.

Thank you for making a positive difference in the Atlas Corps Community!



P.S. Look forward to some exciting updates come September! I encourage you to visit and follow the Atlas Corps LinkedIn page, where we will be sharing more details soon!

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We appreciate YOU! As 2022 ontinues to provide ongoing opportunity, excitement, and the unexpected, Atlas Corps is motivated by our core - our global community of Fellows, virtual Scholars, and supporters like YOU! 

This week, we welcomed Class 44 (started in January) to the United States and virtual welcomed Class 45 to the Fellowship! Meet them at You opened the door of opportunity to these dynamic leaders - thank you!

Activity Update - Did you know that since 2020, Atlas Corps has engaged 58 Fellows from 24 countries and 35 have successfully traveled to the United States? Awesome! In addition, we have engaged more than 300 Scholars in our Virtual Leadership Institute in this same time period.

We appreciate YOU and the support you have provided to continue the growth of Atlas Corps despite the challenge! 

Recruitment - Will you continue to show your support by sharing our call for Fellow applications? You can find posting materials here:

AtlasCorps2025 - stay tuned as we continue to progress on our strategic planning process. We invite you to follow highlights from some of our ongoing higlhights on our #AtlasCorps2025 blog.

Thank you for supporting these dynamic leaders. Thank you for inspiring young professionals to thrive. Thank you for supporting Atlas Corps!



P.S. Are you interested in engaging with Atlas Corps Fellows in your own community? Volunteer with Atlas Corps as a Local Ambassador! We are currently looking for volunteers in DC, NYC, and Chicago. Fill out our Volunteer Interest Form and we will get in touch with you! Watch a video on Local Ambassadors.

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Scroll down to watch Bidjan's video reflection.
Scroll down to watch Bidjan's video reflection.


Thank YOU for being part of an unforgettable 15th Anniversary year!

During 2021, you joined Atlas Corps as we marked this organizational milestone! You were also here to help us recognize Scott for his lifetime of inspirations, in supporting me in our leadership transition, and in welcoming our new CEO Bidjan. Thank you! Most important, you were here as we grew our community of global changemakers through our Fellowship and Virtual Leadership Institute. 

Now, we look toward 2022 with great anticipation. Atlas Corps is at a moment of opportunity as we embrace these times of change to evolve our own leadership development programs.

On that note, Bidjan prepared a special message and video to reflect on 2021 and to look forward to 2022. We look forward to your continued engagement in 2022!

Happy New Year!



A Special CEO Reflection from Bidjan Nashat . . . [click here to watch video]

One of my favorite poets, Maulana Rumi, once wrote that "The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear."

In my first 90 days as CEO at Atlas Corps, I used the title "Chief Listening Officer" and took hundreds of calls with people from this global community. It leaves me grateful to be welcomed by this community, energized by our potential to help lead through global challenges, and hopeful about the opportunity to develop Atlas Corps into a global talent agency for purpose-driven young leaders by 2025.

Talent is truly everywhere and now more than ever, we can create opportunities regardless of location!


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Thank you for celebrating our big year - Atlas Corps 15th Anniversary! We especially want to THANK YOU for your support on July 14 Bonus Day! Your generosity helped us to raise $25,000 in one day. Amazing! These gifts directly support our Atlas Corps Leaders - inspired social change leaders from around the world who in engage in our in-person and virtual programs.

In fact, this year is full of milestones. Here are a few noteworthy updates:

  • 1,100 Atlas Corps Leaders from 110 countries - our global community continues to grow!

  • Gargi (India, Class 1, Host: Ashoka | Current: UNICEF)Gargi was named our 2021 Alumni Changemaker for her continued achievements and leadership in the social sector.

  • Bidjan Nashat named as incoming CEO - Our incoming CEO officially starts on September 20. We look forward to this infusion of new leadership and appreciative for all who helped in the selection as well as through our organizational transition. Scroll down to read the official announcement from our Board of Directors.

We also invite you to visit our blog to hear more from our Atlas Corps Leaders! 



Acting CEO, Class 2 Alumna


P.S. Remember to save the date for Saturday, November 20 for the Atlas Corps 15th Anniversary Gala. We look forward to a hybrid event in DC and virtual!



Dear Atlas Corps Community,

On behalf of the Atlas Corps Board of Directors, I thank you for your ongoing support of Atlas Corps during this pivotal moment in the organization’s history. Today, it is with great enthusiasm that I announce the incoming Atlas Corps CEO: Bidjan Nashat. Bidjan will officially join Atlas Corps on September 20. 

Bidjan, most recently coming from Save the Children—an Atlas Corps Host Organization—brings extensive experience in the international development field that includes leading large, global non-governmental organizations as well as experience engaging in local community-based entities. In addition to his operational experience, we were impressed by Bidjan’s purpose-driven approach in articulating his vision for himself, the organization (including the staff, Fellows, Scholars, and Alumni), and global leadership in the 21st Century. We are confident that he will take Atlas Corps into the next 15 years with the passion that Scott Beale led us through during our first 15 years.

The Atlas Corps Board of Directors appointed a selection committee, with support from the search firm DRi, who engaged in a vigorous search process. The ultimate result was the Board’s approval of Bidjan as CEO. We thank all who engaged in this process and offered insight into our strategic development. We express special appreciation to this selection committee for the energy they dedicated to this process.

On behalf of the Board, I also extend our utmost appreciation to Abby Robinson (Chief Development & Engagement Officer, Class 2 Alumna) who seamlessly stepped into the role of Acting CEO. Her enthusiastic efforts, together with the entire Atlas Corps Team, have maintained an incredibly strong program and organization throughout this transition. During 2021, our dynamic Team navigated ongoing changes and still achieved the engagement of 60 Fellows and 376 virtual Scholars while also supporting the growth of our entire global Community. Team, you are an inspiration!

We also want to thank YOU, the Atlas Corps Community. Everything we have achieved at Atlas Corps, from winning online fundraising contests 15 years ago to overcoming the financial hardships of the pandemic to launching a Virtual Leadership Institute to engaging 1,100 professionals from 110 countries, has been accomplished by the collective efforts of this Community. 

People are at the heart of our mission. This fact remains true today and will remain our guiding light into the future.

Very Best,

Whitney Hunter-Thomson

Chair, Atlas Corps Board of Directors

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