Second Cohort of Eisner Prize Fellows Announced!

We’re thrilled to announce the second cohort of Eisner Prize Fellows! Join us in welcoming Mariela Briceno, Bob Gallo, Lyiam Galo, Marj Kleinman and Emily Lerner to the Eisner Prize family.

Most exciting, NSBC United Way Chief Impact Officer Lyiam Galo is a recipient of the Eisner Prize Fellowship. Selected from a highly competitive applicant pool, these five Fellows will receive a $10,000 stipend and additional $40,000 to support their intergenerational project proposals.

Lyiam is honored to be accepted in a program designed to support leaders pioneering innovations in intergenerational connection. Lyiam Galo is a first-generation Honduran immigrant and lifetime volunteer who strives to foster an equitable community with a focus on the historically underserved. As Chief Impact Officer of the Northern Santa Barbara County United Way, Lyiam directs an AmeriCorps program that serves people experiencing homelessness, a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program that serves low-income families, and childhood financial literacy programs. During the Fellowship, Lyiam’s project Generations United for Service will engage an age-diverse network of volunteers and AmeriCorps members to serve local unhoused families, and expand this network will expand to cities throughout Santa Barbara County.

Our partnership with the Eisner Foundation will expand capacity for an age-diverse response to homelessness.

Lyiam GaloChief Impact Officer

“This incredible cohort comes from a range of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences,” said Trent Stamp, CEO of The Eisner Foundation. “Over the coming year, we hope they’ll bring their communities together while creating an intergenerational ecosystem themselves by sharing their expertise and supporting each other.”

Announced in April 2023, the Eisner Prize Fellowship program is the next phase in the evolution of the Eisner Prize for Intergenerational excellence, which has honored people and organizations doing exceptional intergenerational work across the country since 2011. The Fellowship seeks to uplift the next leaders in the intergenerational space by providing financial resources, networking opportunities, and the prestige of the Eisner Prize to individuals with new ideas and perspectives that will propel the field forward.