Jordan Kassalow is the Founder of VisionSpring, and of the EYElliance. Jordan also founded Scojo New York and the Global Health Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to his position at the Council, he served as Director of the River Blindness Division at Helen Keller International. Jordan is a fellow of Draper Richards Kaplan, Skoll, Ashoka, and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He was named one of the Schwab Foundation’s 2012 Social Entrepreneurs, was the inaugural winner of the John P. McNulty Prize, and was recently was named to Forbes Impact 30. VisionSpring has been internationally recognized by the Skoll Foundation, the Aspen Institute, and the World Bank; is a three-time winner of Fast-Company’s Social Capitalist Award; and a winner of Duke University’s Enterprising Social Innovation Award. Additionally, Jordan is a partner at Drs. Farkas, Kassalow, Resnick & Associates, a leading contact lens and laser specialty practice in Manhattan. Jordan earned a Doctorate of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry and a Fellowship in Preventive Ophthalmology and Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins.
What excites you most about VisionSpring?
Changing hundreds of thousands of lives for the better each and every year.
What’s your first memory wearing glasses?
I never needed eyeglasses. Maybe it’s refractive karma?
What’s your favorite VisionSpring glasses style?
“Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller
Favorite place to travel and why:
Any place with majestic mountains and alpine meadows because this is where I feel most in my element.