Five Liberty Fellows have received a total of $35,000 from the McNulty Foundation’s Global Response Fund to support COVID-19 response efforts serving vulnerable communities.

Matthew Alexander, founder and CEO of OneWorld Health, is converting space for an isolation ward at OneWorld’s hospital in Masindi, Uganda.

Melanie Huggins, executive director of the Richland Library, is partnering with the Columbia Housing Authority to provide Wi-Fi hotspots in Columbia Housing community locations.

Madeleine McGee, president and CEO of TogetherSC, is strengthening, uniting and advancing South Carolina’s nonprofit and philanthropic community. Other Fellows whose organizations partner with or support TogetherSC include Forrest Alton, Kerri Forrest, Darrin Goss, Melanie Huggins and Gage Weeks.

Adela Mendoza, executive director of the Hispanic Alliance, is supporting the Student Dreamers Alliance and their families so that they can continue their path of education, leadership development, and economic mobility.

Faith Polkey, chief clinical officer at Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc., is providing direct care to patients and will use the funding to purchase personal protective equipment for staff and patients, no-touch thermometers, hand sanitizer stations, climate-controlled tents for staff working outdoors, and tents for drive-up testing.

“I am incredibly proud of our Fellows and their leadership,” said Ann Marie Stieritz, president and CEO of Liberty Fellowship. “Each of them make a lifelong commitment to South Carolina, and they have shown their strength and determination in their direct responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The Global Response Fund was launched in late March 2020 by the McNulty Foundation in partnership with the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) to support AGLN Fellows around the world who are leading critical response efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund awarded a total of $550,000 to 68 projects serving communities in over 20 countries. As members of the AGLN, Liberty Fellows were eligible to apply on a rolling basis as needs evolved.

About Liberty Fellowship

Liberty Fellowship is a network of values-based leaders committed to the betterment of life and opportunity for all citizens of South Carolina. Liberty Fellowship activates individual leaders through a deeper understanding of a just, free and equitable society; serves as a convener for bringing together diverse perspectives to advance civil discourse; and provides infrastructure for taking action. Liberty Fellowship is the only state-based Fellowship within the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Learn more at

The Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) is a growing, worldwide community of more than 3,000 high-integrity, entrepreneurial leaders from over 60 countries who share a commitment to enlightened leadership and to using their creativity, energy and resources to tackle the foremost societal challenges of our times. Fellows convene annually at the AGLN’s flagship event, the Resnick Aspen Action Forum. For more information, visit

The McNulty Foundation seeks to inspire, develop and drive leaders to solve the most critical challenges of our time. Founded in 1985 by John and Anne, the Foundation’s values are informed by their belief in the importance of opportunity and the multiplier effect that individuals can have on their communities. Learn more at