Our Story

Open Doors For Open Minds Inc. is a 501©3 scholarship fund that promotes diversity and provides access to education for students who are committed to diversity through their study, career, and/or everyday life.

In the past year, the number of newly formed hate groups in the U.S. has risen. Open Doors for Open Minds believes that education is the key to combating hate and promoting diversity.

We strive to utilize and inspire the newly invigorated community to help young people who are committed to diversity achieve the higher education that will aid them in their quest to build diverse communities.

Applicants will send in a video application discussing their past, present, and future work in diversity and are encouraged to tell their stories in creative ways.

Donors who contribute $10 or more will be asked to participate in the selection committee. Open Doors for Open Minds will distribute the top 10 video applications across its social media platforms and the community-built selection committee will be invited to review these applications and vote for the applicant who inspires them the most.

About us:

Jessica Green
President and Founder

While pursuing a degree in Philosophy and Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago, Jess engrossed herself in literature from as many cultures as possible, including Basque, Mongolian, and Bulgarian. After graduating in 2014, Jess moved to Jacksonville, FL to work for The Home Depot subsidiary, Interline Brands. She started in the Leadership Development Program with a rotation in FP&A/Strategic Analytics and eventually moved into Pricing Strategy, where she worked on consolidating pricing across the company’s biggest end market. Previously, Jess interned in the Development Department of the American Jewish Committee and has been especially passionate about the connection between diversity and education since college. Jess was inspired to create ODFOM after observing the recent increase in hate crimes and groups. For fun, Jess performs in the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus and remains active in the young adult Jewish community. In the Fall, Jess will attend The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Alan Hiscott
Vice President of Technology

Alan graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2012 with a degree in Digital Media. He moved to Jacksonville, FL to work for Logistic Services International where he develops 3D Navy and Airforce training simulations.
Nicole Miller
Vice President of Marketing

Nicole graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a concentration in Business. After graduating, Nicole pursued a career in marketing and advertising, working for YP Advertising as an Account Executive followed by a startup called TheCity.Guide as a Social Media Manager. Nicole is passionate about volunteering and giving back to her local community. She has been a member of Club Blue, a young professional group supporting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida as well as founding and leading a Jewish Young Professional group of Jacksonville, FL. Nicole is presently an Account Manager for Lee Hecht Harrison and is thrilled to be a part of ODFOM because of the organization’s ability to make communities more inclusive and welcoming of each other’s differences through empowering our youth.
Ranga Ocholi
Vice President of Finance

After living his entire childhood in upstate New York and graduating from the University at Buffalo, Ranga decided to venture south to the Sunshine State to begin the first chapter of his adult life. After spending four years working for Lockheed Martin as a Corporate Finance Analyst, he moved to Jacksonville, to work for Interline Brands to support their Implementation of Oracle Hyperion Planning. Ranga currently works for The Safariland Group as an IT Resource within the Accounting and Finance Department. Ranga was inspired to support the ODFOM Initiative in hopes of promoting young people who question their beliefs and the world that they live in and are hoping to make the world a better place, through both thought and action.