City: San Francisco
Passion: Helping people help themselves
In her late teens, Nyla Rodgers wrote a college essay about an imaginary day in her life as a middle-aged founder of an innovative non-profit organization.
Almost 10 years later, her mother Stephanie Moore's death from cancer inspired her to stop being a researcher for other charities and start doing what she “was built to do.”
Stephanie had sponsored a Kenyan orphan's education for many years and they formed a close bond through letters and photographs. Two weeks after her death, Nyla decided to fulfill her mother's dream of meeting the young boy in Kisumu, and was met by hundreds of villagers that Stephanie had also helped by funding local enterprises.
Overwhelmed by her mother’s impact, Nyla decided to start partnering with local organizations to pinpoint the specific resource needs of communities and finding investors to help them help themselves by building everything from schools to vegetable patches.