Meet the BOLD 9

The alumni who make up the 2022 BOLD 9 class are outstanding artists, activists and entrepreneurs who are driving important conversations, challenging the status quo and making waves in their respective fields. They're already changing the world, in less than 10 years since graduating from Brandeis. And they’re just getting started.


Sneaker King

Jiahuan “Green” Xia ’15 is the co-founder of streetwear outlets Shine Marketplace and Sole Stage.

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Flipping the Equation

Jessica Sanon, Heller MBA’18, is the founder and CEO of sySTEMic flow, a nonprofit dedicated to diversifying STEM fields.

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Heritage in Song

Yoni Battat ’13 is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and teacher exploring Arab and Jewish musical forms.

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Power Over Pink

Brianna Majsiak ’16 is the co-founder of The Breasties, a nonprofit supporting the breast cancer community.

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Unearthing Truth and Justice

Delande Justinvil ’13 is a biocultural anthropologist whose work centers the ethical treatment of African American remains.

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The Future of Food

Sam Terris ’15 is the co-founder of Simulate, a biotechnology startup that creates plant-based foods.

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Building Community Resilience

Katherine Kolios ’12 is the executive director of Rain for the Sahel and Sahara, a nonprofit fostering community in Niger.

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Access and Inclusion For All

Marissa Ditkowsky ’16 is an attorney, and disability rights and justice activist.

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Asaf and Chen

Bomb-Sniffing Dogs of Crypto

Asaf Meir ’14 and Chen Arad ’15, Heller MA/MBA’17, are the co-founders of Solidus Labs, crypto-native risk monitoring and market integrity company.

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