Coordinator, Global Partnerships
Sam supports the development of new partnerships and the stewardship of existing ones. Prior to joining the VisionSpring team, he served as the Director of Business Development at a rural development nonprofit in eastern India where he focused on partnership development, fundraising, and grant writing. Sam received his BA from Gettysburg College and is currently an MBA in Sustainability candidate at Bard College. When he is not helping VisionSpring put glasses on faces, he enjoys playing basketball, perusing country pages on Wikipedia, and traveling.
What’s your first memory wearing glasses?
So far, I’ve been very fortunate not to need glasses. Knock on wood.
What excites you most about VisionSpring?
Working with a hybrid model that has the potential for massive scale. VisionSpring’s idea to leverage the power of the market while also attracting philanthropic capital has the ability to reach hundreds of millions of people and inspire a new wave of social enterprises.
What’s your favorite VisionSpring glasses style?
“We are faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. Procrastination is the still the thief of time. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words ‘Too Late’.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Favorite place to travel and why:
Gangtok. Nestled in the southeastern corner of the Himalayas, the small capitol of the Indian state Sikkim truly embraces its diversity. With so many different cultures, languages, landscapes and wildlife it doesn’t get much more amazing. Gangtok’s progressive laws preserving the environment and modern, yet isolated feel made me think as if I’d stumbled upon the world’s best kept secret.