Ms. Almaz Negash is the founder of African Diaspora Network (ADN). In 2010, she founded ADN to inform and engage Africans in the diaspora in order to facilitate direct collaboration with social entrepreneurs, innovators and business leaders to invest and improve the lives of everyone on the continent. Under her leadership and vision, ADN is now the home of The African Diaspora Investment Symposium (ADIS), an annual conference in Silicon Valley.
Negash also serves as the Senior Managing Director of Step Up Silicon Valley, a social innovation network and anti-poverty laboratory utilizing disruptive, research-based strategies to reduce poverty and increase economic opportunity in Silicon Valley. The latest of her contributions to community economic development include her leadership in Step Up Silicon Valley’s exploration and incubation of Pay for Success (aka Social Impact Bond), a new model of social innovation financing that resulted in a $6 million project to reduce homelessness in Santa Clara County.
She is a frequently sought out speaker on regional and global development and has authored several articles including “Empowerment of Women and African Diaspora in Ensuring Renaissance of the Continent.” She has also written on topics such as global trade, social and educational issues. She serves on many organizational boards and advisory boards and is co-founder of the Global Women’s Leadership Network at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University. She holds an MBA from Golden Gate University and a BA from University of San Francisco.