TFC Summit for Social Ventures

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

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Principal, Skoll Foundation

Motivated by a passion for building resilient organizations and leaders, James Nardella serves as a Principal on the Portfolio & Investments Team at the Skoll Foundation. He identifies organizations with the potential to drive large scale social change, screens these organizations for the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, leads the Foundation’s relationship with a portfolio of current Skoll Awardees, and contributes thought leadership to the field of social entrepreneurship.

Prior to joining Skoll, James led the Lwala Community Alliance, a Kenyan health and development organization affiliated with Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health. Lwala targets a rural population with acute needs and is best known for its community approach to increasing child survival, improving access to primary healthcare, and increasing school completion for girls. James oversaw the expansion of programs to reach 30,000 people and to drive a 300% decrease in deaths in children under five, achieve 97% hospital based delivery, and near gender parity in primary school completion. This progress has been featured by Clinton Global Initiative, Apple, ABC World News, CNN, and in the documentary Sons of Lwala.

James holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts from Boston University and a M.Ed. in International Education Policy and Management from Peabody College at Vanderbilt. James is married to Jena Lee Nardella, the co-founder of Blood:Water and the author of One Thousand Wells. The Nardellas met through their mutual work in Africa and have two young children.


Program Officer, Results for Development

Stephanie Ahn is a global health professional with eight years of experience at research institutions and global health organizations, with a focus on maternal and child health. As a program officer with R4D’s market shaping practice, she leads the global components of the practice’s flagship project to increase access to childhood pneumonia treatments in high burden countries. Ms. Ahn oversees analyses in several countries in Africa and Asia to identify market barriers and targeted areas for support to scale access to amoxicillin dispersible tablets (amox DT) – the WHO-recommended treatment of childhood pneumonia.

Before working at R4D, Ms. Ahn spent several years in Zambia supporting the development of standard operating procedures for the national implementation of Option B+, an antiretroviral treatment for HIV-positive pregnant or breastfeeding mothers, and subsequently managing an evaluation of Zambia’s national immunization program for Gavi.

Ms. Ahn was a Fulbright Fellow in South Korea where she worked on the country’s first incidence and prevalence study of autism. Ms. Ahn holds an MPH in health metrics and evaluation from the University of Washington and a BA in international political economy from the University of California, Berkeley. She speaks English, Spanish and Korean.


Endocrinologist, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dr. Shubhada Jagasia is an endocrinologist in Nashville, Tennessee and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Williamson Medical Center. She received her medical degree from Seth G.S. Medical College and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Dr. Jagasia accepts several types of health insurance, listed below. She is one of 22 doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and one of 5 at Williamson Medical Center who specialize in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism.


Community Impact Manager, Google Fiber

Daynise Joseph leads the Community Impact initiatives for Google Fiber in Nashville, TN and Huntsville, AL. As Community Impact Manager she works with nonprofits, government agencies, and community stakeholders to support efforts to make digital literacy, STEM, and minority entrepreneur programs more widely available to underserved communities.

Daynise is from Nashville and her educational background is in Management and Organizational Development. She specializes in community organizing; strategic planning; organizational development; program planning; and nonprofit management.


Director of Educational Programs, Sesame Workshop

Emmanuel is currently the Director of Educational Programs at Sesame Workshop. In this role, he develops and executes content strategy and intervention design for International Social Impact initiatives, working collaboratively with Sesame Workshop project teams and external partners.

His current projects include Techniques for Effective Teaching in Ghana, the WASH UP! program in Mali and Niger, and leading the education content for the upcoming four seasons in Bangladesh. Prior to joining Sesame, Emmanuel was the Head of Learning and Evaluation at Pencils of Promise, where he led the monitoring and evaluation strategy and oversaw the programmatic implementation of the organization’s Teacher Support, WASH and scholarship programs in Laos, Guatemala and Ghana.

Additionally, he worked with Transition International and ILO consultants in South Sudan on the Accelerated Learning Program with child soldiers and refugees. He received his Master’s degree from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs in 2011.


Co-founder, LuminAID Lab

Anna Stork is co-founder of LuminAID Lab. Anna was a 2012 Kauffman Global Scholar . As a Kauffman Fellow, she worked as an Operations Intern at Warby Parker. Anna has also worked in product development at the Department of Defense developing new technologies for soldiers in remote locations. She completed her Masters in Architecture at Columbia University and earned her B.A. in Engineering and Studio Art from Dartmouth College


Co-founder and COO, CNote

Yuliya hosts a decade of experience on Wall Street and has developed financial products on 3 continents. She started her career designing investment solutions for the global asset management firm AMG Funds, and later joined the wealth management boutique Summit Rock Advisors to develop the firm’s risk management framework. Over the years, Yuliya has maintained her passion for demystifying finance, including creating an investment education portal in Russia and advising non-profits and startups around the world.


Executive Director, Benefit Chicago

William W. Towns is the new executive director for Benefit Chicago. He leads the day-to-day work of this ambitious effort to help socially motivated businesses and nonprofits access the capital they need to innovate and grow. Will comes to Benefit Chicago from the University of Chicago, where he led the Neighborhood Initiatives team and its work to fuel economic growth, better health outcomes and increased vibrancy and sustainability in south side communities.

Will currently serves on the city’s Community Land Trust Board, the Cook County Economic Development Advisory Committee and PNC Bank’s Community Development Advisory Board. He is also a board member of the National Children’s Center, the Roseland Community Medical District and Neighborhood Housing Services. He earned his M.B.A. from Notre Dame and his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Loyola University. He has also completed multiple certifications and executive education programs—from work at the Kennedy School at Harvard to the University of Lyon in France, all focused on the development of people, places and organizations. He is currently enrolled in the MIT Sloan School of Management Advance Management Program, focusing on strategy and innovation, and is also a Ph.D. candidate at Benedictine University where his research looks at the relationships between anchor institutions, their cities and communities.