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 a founding member and the executive director of Linked Foundation, a private foundation that invests in solutions that improve the health and economic self-reliance of women in Latin America and the United States. Concomitant to her work with Linked, she served as board chair of the Eleos Foundation where she directed the foundation in investing in pioneering business solutions to eliminate poverty in the developing world. Together with her team, she guided the collaboration of Eleos into Global Partnerships as the Social Venture Fund (SVF), which invests in social enterprises in East Africa. Prior to her decade of work in impact investing, she held senior roles in the private and entrepreneurial telecommunications sector in strategic sales, marketing, and new business development.
Currently, Nancy serves on the board of directors for Pro Mujer, MCE Social Capital, Social Venture Fund, Leading from Within, and the Carpinteria Children’s Project.
Nancy received her M.A. in from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California, and her B.A. with honors from the University of California, San Diego. Nancy resides in Carpinteria, CA 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.
David’s career has spanned the public and private sectors and has largely focused on the intersection of business, job creation, and information technologies. He is currently the Senior Director, Strategy and Impact at TechSoup Global and also consults to organizations leveraging market-based approaches to addressing poverty. In addition to his work with Linked Foundation on health microfranchising, he teaches on entrepreneurship at the University of North Carolina’s business school and is a regular contributor to the Stanford Social Innovations Review.
David has worked on 6 continents for clients as varied as the Gates Foundation, Mercy Corps, World Vision, Qualcomm, Fundes, P&G, Compartamos con Colombia, and Reuters. Previously David was the Senior Advisor to Mercy Corps’ Social Innovation team, and also held senior management roles at Adobe Systems where he led Adobe’s entry into China. He has also launched profitable businesses in India and Guatemala to serve low-income customers in the health and agricultural markets.
David has post-graduate training at Stanford University, holds a Master’s degree in Pacific International Affairs and a B.A. in Economics. In his spare time he mentors start up social enterprises and is an avid mountain biker, and guitar player.
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.
Kim Wilson has worked in microfinance for two decades, first as a practitioner with Working Capital, which won the Presidential Award for Excellence, and then later as an advisor and consultant to various international organizations. She helped launch Microstart of the United Nations Development Program, which led her to many overseas assignments in microfinance. She then became the Director of Microfinance at Catholic Relief Services. Since then she has worked with Aga Khan Foundation, Gates Foundation, Mastercard Foundation and CGAP as well as private sector firms. . Prior to her tenure in microfinance, she was the Managing Partner of a Boston-based venture capital firm specializing in commercial franchising. She is a Lecturer at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and co-author of the book: Financial Promise for the Poor: How Groups Build Microsavings (Kumarian Press). She is a visiting fellow of the Feinstein International Center as well as a Senior Fellow at the Center of Emerging Market Enterprises (both of Tufts University). She oversees Fletcher’s Leadership Program in Financial Inclusion – a Fellowship for financial policymakers and regulators in emerging markets.
Sheila Leatherman is a research professor at the School of Global Public Health, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She conducts research and policy analysis focusing on quality of care, health systems reform, methodologies for evaluating the performance of health care systems, and integrating microfinance and community health interventions for poverty reduction. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.
In the international field of health care quality and health systems strengthening, she worked as an independent evaluator of the impact of government reforms on quality of care in the National Health Service of the UK earning her the honor of Commander of the British Empire (CBE) from Queen Elizabeth. She works with a variety of countries advising on the development of national quality agendas, including the US, UK, South Africa, Qatar, Singapore, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Ethiopia, Canada, and Australia.
Her second area of focus is the emerging field of integrating microfinance and income generation with community health interventions for poverty reduction and to promote health. Her extensive work in this field has led her to investigate and advise on research and implementation projects in countries such as India, Philippines, Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania Nicaragua, Bolivia, Peru, Benin and Cambodia.
Dr. Gabriela Salvador is the senior director of microfinance and health protection at Freedom from Hunger. She has more than 15 years of experience working in the public and private health sectors as a both a medical doctor and public health practitioner, designing and implementing high impact health programs that target very low-income women and children around the world. She has served in a variety of senior management, public health, and academic positions, and continues to work as an advisor for various local and international organizations. Originally from Salta, Argentina, Dr. Salvador studied medicine at the National University of Córdoba and finished her residency in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Later she completed a surgical fellowship at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Salvador also earned a Master of Public Health in the area of Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Salvador lives in Lexington, Massachusetts with her husband and two children.
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