Our Staff

Ella Gudwin

President

Nira Jethani

VP, Global Finance and Administration

Anshu Taneja

Country Director, India

Sam Brundrett

Coordinator, Global Partnerships

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

Dr. Jordan Kassalow

Founder

Jordan Kassalow is the Founder and Co-Chairman of VisionSpring. 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 Draper Richards Kaplan, Skoll, and Ashoka Fellow, as well as a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He was recently named one of the Schwab Foundation’s 2012 Social Entrepreneurs and made the list of Forbes magazine’s  Impact 30.  Jordan is the inaugural winner of the John P. McNulty Prize, the 2006 winner of  BYU’s Innovator Award and received Duke University’s Social Innovation Award on behalf of  VisionSpring. VisionSpring is also a three-time winner of Fast-Company’s Social Capitalist Award. 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. Jordan continues to see patients part time at the optometric practice of Drs. Farkas, Kassalow and Resnick. When not working, Jordan likes to escape New York City to the countryside for hiking and other outdoor activities with his wife, 3 children and dog, Griffey.

What’s your first memory wearing glasses?
I never needed eyeglasses. Maybe it’s refractive karma?

What excites you most about VisionSpring?
Changing hundreds of thousands of lives for the better each and every year.

What’s your favorite VisionSpring glasses style?
New York’s

Favorite quote:
“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.

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