WHO WE ARE

 

Founded in 2005 by Turk and Christy Pipkin, The Nobelity Project is based in Austin, Texas and addresses issues of global education.

Filmmakers by trade, Turk and Christy shifted their focus from commercial projects to documentaries engaging with Nobel Laureates and other global leaders exploring potential solutions to the challenges facing us all.

Now taking direct action in partnership with communities in Kenya, Honduras and the U.S. we serve over 15,000 students annually.

Turk
Founder of The Nobelity Project, Turk Pipkin is an award-winning author, director, actor, comedian, photographer, film-maker and activist. Turk aims to bring awareness and creative solutions to pressing global issues.
Christy
Executive Director of The Nobelity Project, Christy Ellinger Pipkin is a filmmaker, producer, speaker and advocate for positive global change. Christy oversees all projects and educational programming.
Liz
Logistics Manager for The Nobelity Project, Liz Graham earned her master's degree from St. Edward's University.
Gibson
Kenya Operations Manager, Gibson Githaiga manages tech and daily needs of the campuses in The Nobelity Project's partner school network.
Beatrice
Jumpstart Scholarship Coordinator and Laburra librarian, Bea earned her degree from Nyeri National Polytechnic.
Cassidy
Cassidy Schulze is The Nobelity Project's Salesforce Administrator. Cass earned her bachelor's degree from The University of Texas in Austin.
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U.S.
Christy Pipkin, Executive Director       
Monica Duck, Accountant                   
Liz Graham, Programs and Logistics     

Cassidy Schulze, Tech Coordinator    

KENYA
Joseph Mutongu, Field Supervisor
Gibson Githaiga, Kenya Schools Project Manager
Beatrice Macharia, Scholarship Coordinator
Mike Mutuku, Transportation Captain and Mutaki Manager
Greg Elsner, AfH Design Fellow/Mahiga RainWater Court​

ADVISORY BOARD

Annie and Willie Nelson

David C. Smith

John Springer

Linda and Howard McCollum

Mark Grotefeld

Matt Ellinger, SERP

Nan and Glynn Beebe

Paul Twitchell
Stephanie Duprie Routh
Steve Kuhn

Turk Pipkin, Founder

EXECUTIVE BOARD

Eric Webber, President
Leslie Moore, President Pro-tem
Dan King, Treasurer
Rebecca Redwood, Secretary
Joey Martin
Bill Bechtol

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CHRISTY PIPKIN

Christy has been featured on the cover of Austin Woman, received the 2013 International Women’s Day Humanitarian Award from Ten Thousand Villages, and was named the 2015 Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of America. 

MASTERS AND FOUNDERS Podcast with Dan Dillard of Founding Austin Magazine

"See all the work that is happening"

Feb 7, 2019 | Episode 16: Christy Pipkin  27m 29s

TURK PIPKIN

Building Hope, tells the story of The Nobelity Project’s partnership with a rural Kenyan community to build the area’s first high school. His many film festival awards include: Best Directing (My Hero Fest) and The White Lotus Humanitarian Award (Macao). The Nobelity Project is commited to Turk’s vision that documentary films are powerful tools for change - presenting critical issues, raising important questions, and illustrating potential solutions.A popular Huffington Post blogger, Turk is also the author of ten works of fiction and nonfiction, including NY Times bestseller, The Tao of Willie, co-authored with Willie Nelson.

SXSW Film Fest 2011 Lone Star Audience Award

Maui Film Festival 2011 Best Documentary

Dove Family Seal of Approval

San Diego Film Festival

Aspen Film Festival

Nairobi Film Festival

Napa Film Festival

Tahoe/Reno International Film Festival Winner Audience Choice Award

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info@nobelity.org

512-263-7971

 

PO BOX 161925

Austin, TX 78716 

The Nobelity Project is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.

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Christy

Executive Director of The Nobelity Project, Christy Ellinger Pipkin is a filmmaker, producer, speaker and advocate for positive global change. Christy oversees all projects and educational programming.