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Jo Addy, MBA, MPA, a veteran corporate strategist and international economist, was elected to PATH’s board of directors this month.

Ms. Addy is the founder and managing director of Alsweb, which designs strategic platforms for global for-profit and nonprofit clients. Ms. Addy has implemented business development initiatives throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia and has developed systems and metrics to monitor political and business risk for World Bank and commercial bank international portfolios.

Social innovation expertise

“Ms. Addy’s international experience in social venture development, portfolio management, and civic leadership make her a strong addition to PATH’s board,” said Dr. George Gotsadze, chair of PATH’s board of directors. “As PATH accelerates our focus on driving transformative innovation to save lives, Ms. Addy’s business and social innovation expertise will help inform PATH’s strategy for advancing health solutions to reach the most vulnerable women and children.”

Ms. Addy previously served as vice president for administration and communications for Plebys International, helping to secure $40 million in social capital for clean water technologies that reached 3 million people within five years. She also served as founder and president of UniMed Ventures Inc., in Accra, Ghana, a medical supply distributorship. 

Civic leadership experience

A seasoned publicist, spokesperson, and brand manager, Ms. Addy has led numerous boards for community, social, educational, and philanthropic organizations, managed nonprofit teams, facilitated organizational learning, and coordinated major fundraising efforts. She is an active American Red Cross volunteer, serving as a regional lead for international humanitarian law dissemination and a supervising specialist for disaster logistics.

Ms. Addy earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Adelphi University in New York and a Master in Public Administration degree with specialization in corporate governance from the Harvard Kennedy School. A graduate of Smith College, she achieved doctoral candidacy in economics at Stanford University.

Posted September 26, 2013.