Our Staff

Ella Gudwin

President

James Naylor

Director of Technology / Product Manager

Nira Jethani

VP, Global Finance and Administration

Chris Calvosa

VP, Global Sales and Institutional Partnerships

Anshu Taneja

Country Director, India

Martin Quinn

Associate, Global Sales and Institutional Partnerships

Sam Brundrett

Manager, Global Sales and Institutional Partnerships

Aminah Yoba

Development Officer

Claire McGuinness

Special Assistant to the Founder and President

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Reade Fahs, Chairman of the Board

CEO and President,
National Vision, Inc.

J. David Chute

Founder and President,
i2C Ventures, LLC

Charles de Gunzburg

Co-founder,
FdG Associates LLC

Cheryl Greene

Principal,
Cheryl Greene Brand Strategy

Dr. Jordan Kassalow

Founder and Co-Chairman

Jamie Levitt

Partner,
Morrison & Foerster

Cindy Levine

CEO,
Cindy Levine Group

Nancy Rosenzweig

CEO,
Scandinavian Child Inc.

Liz Blake

Retired Senior Vice President,
Habitat for Humanity International

Rahul Saxena

President,
RNS Global, LLC

Brian Trelstad

Partner,
Bridge Community Ventures

Andrea Coravos

Student,
Harvard Business School

Kevin Hassey

Former CEO, VisionSpring

Ella Gudwin

President

Ella Gudwin heads up global operations to accelerate the uptake of eyeglasses in emerging and frontier markets for consumers who earn less than $4 a day. Under her leadership, VisionSpring is working to sell 10 million pairs of radically affordable eyeglasses by 2020, creating $2.16 billion in economic impact at the household level.

Ella is a seasoned global health executive and strategist. She previously served as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Program Development at AmeriCares. In prior roles, Ella led humanitarian operations as Vice President of Emergency Response, and managed health related interventions in ten countries as Director of Asia and Eurasia partnerships. Earlier in her career she served as Head of Foreign Government Relations at the Population Council, focused on reproductive health, youth and poverty. She earned an MA with distinction in international economics at Johns Hopkins University, and a BA with honors from Vassar College. Ella is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ella’s passions for social justice and economic development issues were ignited when she worked for several years in Indonesia spanning the Asian financial crisis and the ensuing democracy movement. She regularly speaks on social entrepreneurship, scaling hybrid business models, and measuring impact.

What’s your first memory wearing glasses?

Working on excel spreadsheets around age 25, I was getting fatigued. My first vision exam was a revelation. Like so many VisionSpring customers, I also hadn’t realized how blurry my vision had become. I have relied on my glasses ever since.

What excites you most about VisionSpring?
Accelerating the uptake of eyeglasses, making them ubiquitous in low income communities, as a way of unlocking the incredible potential for earning, learning, civic participation, innovation and so much more that comes with clear eyesight.

 

 

 

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