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Introducing the 2021 WIRED Resiliency Residents

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Introducing the 2021 WIRED Resiliency Residents
Over the next six months, five professionals from outside of journalism will give WIRED readers an inside perspective on their changing fields.

WIRED’s Resilience Residency was announced earlier this year to provide non-journalists the opportunity to report on how technology and science are transforming their own industries. Over 200 people answered our call for proposals, representing 30 different states and dozens of fields.

Today we are pleased to introduce our five residents for 2021. Over the next six months, they will work with WIRED’s editorial team to tell powerful stories with an insider’s perspective and start new conversations about the future. Our aim is for everyone—residents, WIRED employees, and our audience—to benefit from the exchange of expertise, perspectives, and experiences.

Meet the Residents

Melanie Canales is a first-generation Peruvian American farmer and beekeeper based in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, on Monacan and Mannahoac lands. Her work focuses on creating healthy relationships between people and their surrounding ecosystem through soil regeneration and food sovereignty. As a resident, she’s interested in stories about land stewardship and the ways communities have started decolonizing agriculture to make it more accessible and sustainable.

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Jake Galdo, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, BCGP, is a community pharmacist with a background in academia, health care quality, and technology. His residency is focused on the transformation of community pharmacy practice and patient empowerment. Galdo is an alumnus of the University of Georgia and Samford University and resides in Alabama with his family.

Harris Quinn is the founder of menswear brand H. Goose. His residency will focus on change in the apparel industry and the evolving nature of how we dress. Previously, he founded a digital marketing startup and spent six years on active duty as a cryptologic linguist for the United States Navy. He lives in Greenville, South Carolina.

Enrique Sanabria is a senior airport engineer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. His curiosity for technology turned into a passion for aviation, and he has spent much of his life in and around the Metro-NYC airports, both as a hobbyist and technical specialist. His residency will explore the airport of the future.

Suhita Shirodkar is an urban sketcher, illustrator, and educator based in San Jose, California. She has been the recipient of grants from the Knight Foundation and Belle Foundation. Suhita will use visual reportage to look at how grassroots arts communities are using technology to adapt, innovate, and reinvent themselves.

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The WIRED Resilience Residency is made possible by Microsoft. WIRED content is editorially independent and produced by our journalists. Learn more about this program.


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