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?
“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.