Our founder, Erine Gray, has been named a TED2019 Senior Fellow, joining a class of innovators from around the world selected for their extraordinary work and contributions to the TED community. A full list of the new TED Fellows and Senior Fellows is available at ted.com/fellows.

Aunt Bertha founder Erine Gray at TEDxHamburg in 2014.

“To be selected with this group of talented artists, journalists and activists is just humbling. I’m in awe of the other fellows in this year’s class, and I hope to be able to contribute as much as I can to the broader TED Fellows community,” said Gray. “I hope by sharing our story, we can continue to highlight American poverty that exists, and work together with other like-minded organizations to help solve some of these very solvable problems.”

Erine is Founder & CEO of Aunt Bertha, a public benefit corporation that connects all people in need and the programs that serve them (with dignity and ease). People in need can find free and reduced cost social services by entering their Zip Code into auntbertha.com. The company was founded in 2010 and now boasts a user base of 1.6 million people, and coverage in every Zip Code across the US. Aunt Bertha employs 60 team members based mostly in Austin, TX.

“We are thrilled to announce the newest class of TED Fellows, who give voice to some of the most exciting ideas we’ve seen in the program’s 10-year history,” said TED Fellows director Shoham Arad. “The Fellows program is committed to using its resources and platform to help scale Fellows’ ideas and impact, and we are so excited to have these Senior Fellows become an even more integral part of our global community.”

Founded in 2009, the TED Fellows program has 472 Fellows from 96 countries, whose talks have been viewed more than 250 million times overall. In its ten-year history, the TED Fellows program has created a powerful, far-reaching network made up of scientists, doctors, activists, artists, entrepreneurs, inventors, journalists and beyond—leading to many meaningful and unexpected collaborations. The TED Fellows has also yielded a wide variety of collaborative projects, including PEEK, the social enterprise that recently raised a $1 billion fund to eradicate preventable blindness in the developing world; BRCK, the technology company that builds mobile WiFi routers that can work anywhere, even in the harshest conditions; and Fine Acts, the international collective bringing together artists and activists to instigate social change.