Jordan Kassalow is the founder of VisionSpring, a nonprofit organization providing access to eyewear in the developing world, as well as EYElliance, a coalition of multi-sector public, private and NGO partners and stakeholders that collaborate to find solutions to the world’s unmet need for eyeglasses. Kassalow also founded Scojo New York, a ready-to-wear reading eyewear company, as well as the Global Health Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Prior to his position at CFR, he served as director of the River Blindness Division at Helen Keller International.
Kassalow is the inaugural winner of the McNulty Prize for his work with VisionSpring. He is a fellow of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Skoll, Ashoka, and is a Henry Crown fellow at the Aspen Institute. He was named one of the Schwab Foundation’s 2012 Social Entrepreneurs and was recently was named to Forbes Impact 30. VisionSpring has been internationally recognized by the Skoll Foundation, the Aspen Institute and the World Bank; and is a three-time winner of Fast Company’s Social Capitalist Award; and is a winner of Duke University’s Enterprising Social Innovation Award.
Additionally, Kassalow is a partner at Drs. Farkas, Kassalow, Resnick & Associates, a leading contact lens and laser specialty practice in New York City. Kassalow earned a Doctorate of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry and a Fellowship in Preventive Ophthalmology and master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University.