Our Staff

Ella Gudwin

President

Nira Jethani

VP, Global Finance and Administration

Anshu Taneja

Country Director, India

Sam Brundrett

Coordinator, Global 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

Sam Brundrett

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?

Paul

Favorite quote:  

“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. 

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