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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

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Board Members


  • Benjamin Andriamihaja, PhD

    Benjamin is the Founder and Executive Director of the Madagascar Institut pour la Conservation des Ecosystèmes Tropicaux (MICET). He has served as the head of the Department for International Relationships for the Madagascar Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and was the first Coordinator for the Ranomafana National Park Project.

  • Matt Bonds, PhD

    Matthew Bonds, PhD, Co-Founder & Co-CEO of PIVOT, is an Assistant Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is currently at Stanford University as the Blaustein Visiting Assistant Professor of Earth System Science, Fellow at the Center for Innovation in Global Health, and Visiting Scholar of the Woods Institute for the Environment. He holds PhDs in Economics and in Ecology from the University of Georgia.

  • Stephen Della Pietra, PhD

    Stephen has a PhD in mathematical physics from Harvard. He has held positions at the Institute for Advanced Study and IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center. He currently co-manages the General Research Group at Renaissance Technologies. Stephen is co-founder of the Della Pietra Lecture Series at Stony Brook University.

  • Vincent Della Pietra, PhD

    Vincent has a PhD in mathematical physics from Harvard. He has held positions at the Institute for Advanced Study and IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center. He currently co-manages the General Research Group at Renaissance Technologies. Vincent is co-founder of the Della Pietra Lecture Series at Stony Brook University.

  • Paul Farmer, PhD, MD

    Paul is chief-strategist and co-founder of Partners In Health (PIH). He is the Kolokotrones University Professor & Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Paul is Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and serves as UN Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti.

  • Thomas R. Gillespie, PhD

    Tom is an Emory Global Health Institute Faculty Member of Distinction and Associate Professor in Environmental Health at Rollins School of Public Health and Environmental Sciences at Emory University. An infectious disease biologist, Tom has worked extensively in Africa and Latin America. He currently serves on the UN Species Survival Commission.

  • Jim Herrnstein, PhD

    Chairman of the Board

    Jim has a PhD in astrophysics from Harvard University and currently co-manages the General Research Group at Renaissance Technologies. He is a founding board member of Stony Brook University’s Global Heath Institute, and founding Chair of the Center ValBio Advisory Board. Jim is a co-founder of PIVOT and a founding member of the PIVOT board.

  • Robin Herrnstein, PhD

    Robin has a PhD in astrophysics from Harvard University and currently serves as president of the Herrnstein Family Foundation. She is a co-founder of the Global Health Institute at Stony Brook University and a member of the Center ValBio Advisory Board. Robin is a co-founder of PIVOT and serves on its board as a member of the development and research committees. She received the 2016-17 Blackwell Alumni Service Award from Furman University for her work in Madagascar.

  • Bob Hower

    Bob is a co-founder of G20 Ventures, a venture capital partnership that connects technology start-ups with established technology pioneers. He is also a general partner at Advanced Technology Ventures, and has extensive experience in marketing, product management, and sales. Bob serves on the non-profit boards of the New England Venture Capital Association and Cambridge Community Foundation.

  • Tara Loyd, MPH

    Tara has a master’s degree in Public Health from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She came to PIVOT after serving as the Project Manager for Partners in Health in Malawi. Prior to her time in Malawi, Tara lived and worked in Lesotho as a Peace Corps Volunteer, co-founded of a safe house and outreach program for children orphaned by HIV, and volunteered for PIH Lesotho.

  • Edward M. Norton, JD

    Ed is an environmental lawyer and Senior Advisor for Environment to TPG Capital, a private equity firm. He served as the founding President of the Grand Canyon Trust, the founding Chair of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, and the founding Chair of the Conservation Lands Foundation. He lived in China and Indonesia for more than a decade working on terrestrial and marine conservation projects.

  • Manu Prakash, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University, Manu is a physicist working at the molecular scale who builds and designs tools to uncover how and why biological systems so often outsmart us. He is the co-inventor of the Foldscope, a paper microscope that costs less than a dollar. Prakash earned a PhD in applied physics at MIT, and is 2016 MacArthur Fellow.

  • Michael Rich, MD, MPH

    Michael is an Associate Physician at the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, an Instructor at Harvard Medical School, and a Global Health Physician for Partners in Health. He was the Founding Director for Partners in Health Rwanda. Michael is a co-founder and Senior Clinical Advisor for PIVOT and a founding member of the PIVOT Board.

  • Patricia Wright, PhD

    Pat is a professor of Anthropology at Stony Brook University and is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on lemurs. She was the driving force behind the creation of Ranomafana National Park, a 106,000-acre World Heritage Site in Madagascar. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Centre ValBio, a modern research campus located just outside the park.

  • Cassia van der Hoof Holstein

    Cassia is Chief Global Health Delivery Partnership Integration Officer for Partners In Health, and Associate Director of the Global Health Delivery Partnership for the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Previously, Cassia was the Director of Rural Health at the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative, Executive Producer at E*TRADE Financial, and a founder of ClearStation.com. She has worked in technology consulting for clients including Microsoft, AT&T Wireless, and Match.com.

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