At the Linked Foundation, we invest technical and financial resources to develop and scale social enterprises that improve the health of communities throughout Latin America. We focus on women, who are important agents of change as health and economic decision-makers. By investing in scalable, market-based solutions, and creating strong cross-sector partnerships, we can ensure long-term, sustained impact.
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The Linked Foundation is currently developing and investing in several sustainable health solutions for women and their families in Latin America.
The people that continue to move the mission.
Dorothy Largay is Founder and CEO of Linked Foundation and a pioneer in using philanthropy to create new ways to solve critical health needs of women and their families.
Dorothy is an active supporter of Direct Relief where she served as a Board member and Board Chair. She is also a Board member of Cottage Health Systems and MCE Social Capital.
Prior to starting Linked, Dorothy was a management consultant specializing in leadership and organizational development. Her career includes 15 years of executive coaching to high-tech and biotech companies, serving as the Executive Director at the Santa Clara University’s Executive Development Center, and the Director of Worldwide Leadership Development at Apple, Inc. She received her B.A. from Boston College and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Oregon.
She is a scuba diver, hiker, explorer, and is happily married to her husband of 30 years.
Nancy Swanson is the executive director of the Linked Foundation, a private foundation that invests in solutions that improve the health and economic self-reliance of women and their families in Latin America. One of Linked’s 2005 founding team members, her responsibilities include strategic direction and management of the portfolio.
Complimenting her work at Linked, Nancy is the board chair at Eleos Foundation that invests in pioneering business solutions to poverty by providing capital and technical assistance to social entrepreneurs in the developing world. Nancy also serves as a board member on two local foundations: Leading from Within, an organization dedicated to the development and support of nonprofit leaders in Santa Barbara County and Carpinteria Children’s Project, which provides direct services in early childhood education and family support. Recently, Nancy became a member of the Advisory Board of the groundbreaking Santa Barbara Food Action Plan. She is an alumnus of the Santa Barbara Foundation’s Katherine Harvey Fellows Program.
Prior to entering the nonprofit sector, Nancy began her career in the telecommunications industry earning her company’s highest national sales award for seven consecutive years. She worked for two start-up ventures directing marketing, sales, and business development efforts in the public safety market.
Nancy received her BA in Communications from the University of California, San Diego and her MA in Communications Management from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California. She lives in Carpinteria, California and has two sons, Alexander and Max.
Pati is the Administrator at the Linked Foundation and is responsible for financials, communications, and everything that makes the office run smoothly. Pati graduated from Southern Oregon University with a degree in English and photojournalism. Before moving to Santa Barbara Pati was an Office Manager for several businesses in the Oregon area. Pati is a cycling enthusiast who recently pedaled her way through Croatia with her sisters, and when not on a bicycle, enjoys painting and photography.
Anna De La Cruz is an independent consultant, advising the Linked Foundation on its portfolio strategy and social impact measures. Her expertise and passion is in evaluating and improving upon innovative market solutions to poverty. Anna brings over ten years of experience evaluating international development programs in nonprofit and academic organizations, including the UCSF Global Health Group, Innovations for Poverty Action, and the Financial Access Initiative at New York University. She received a Master’s in Public Administration with a focus on International Policy from New York University, and a Bachelor’s in International Studies from the University of Washington. Latin America holds a special place in Anna’s heart, having lived in Mexico City and worked throughout the region, but she has also enjoyed working on many projects throughout Africa and Asia. When not traveling the world, she enjoys cooking, baking and exploring the natural beauty of the Bay area with her husband and son.
Ann Hutchins is a licensed Financial Coach (ACC, CFC). Her almost 30 years of experience as a securities analyst and portfolio manager – combined with her passion for financial literacy – are unique in the world of coaching. Ann uses her practical knowledge and coaching skills to demystify the modern blizzard of financial choices. She works with financial advisors, families and individuals to develop plans, sort out responsibilities and expand possibilities for the money in their lives. Ann has a BA in American studies from Hamilton College (Clinton, NY) and an MBA in Finance from Babson College. She received her coaching certifications from The Hudson Institute of Coaching in Santa Barbara, CA and The College of Financial Coaching in Denver, CO. She has served on the Board of Trustees of both Hamilton and Babson College. In addition, she is a former treasurer and Board Member of the Crittendon Women’s Union in Boston, MA, a former Board member Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) in Santa Barbara, CA, and a current Board Member of The Eleos Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA, and a cohost of the internet radio show “Money in Your Life”.
Prof. Deborah Burand directs the International Transactions Clinic that she cofounded at the Law School in 2008. She writes and lectures on issues related to international finance, microfinance and microfranchise, impact investing, social finance innovations such as social impact bonds and crowdfunding for social enterprises, and developing sustainable businesses at the base of the economic pyramid. Burand took a leave of absence from the Law School in 2010-2011 to serve as general counsel to the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the development finance institution of the United States. Prior to joining the Law School faculty, she worked in the microfinance sector, most recently as executive vice president of strategic services at Grameen Foundation, a global microfinance network. Earlier in her career, she worked as a senior attorney in the international banking section of the Federal Reserve Board’s legal division, and at the U.S. Treasury Department, first as the senior attorney/advisor for international monetary matters and later as the senior advisor for international financial matters. She also worked in private practice at the law firm, Shearman & Sterling.
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