Founder and CEO
Chief Strategy Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Senior Field Officer
Lead Software Engineers: Josh Jones, Ben Olsen, Karolina Alexiou
Software Engineering (GoodCode): Benjamin Clifford, Zak Maples, Matt Zeunert, Andrew Kenyon, Ben Rachbach
Research Advice: Luca Etter
Illustrations: Chloe Hannah
Legal Affairs: Corina Fuhrer
Data Analysis Support: Philine Widmer
Renowned charity evaluator GiveWell considers it “plausible that New Incentives will eventually become a GiveWell top charity” because of its evidence-based program and commitment to transparency. This assessment was announced on GiveWell’s blog in 2014 and influenced a decision by GoodVentures and the Lampert Family Foundation to support New Incentives with a seed grant that allowed it to scale its program to over 15,000 beneficiaries. – GiveWell’s latest assessments on New Incentives
GoodVentures is the charitable foundation of Facebook Co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and his wife Cari Tuna, who acts as the foundation’s President. Good Ventures, with input from GiveWell, awarded a grant of $100,000 to New Incentives in January 2014 for general operating support. It granted further substantial support in 2015-16. On its website, GoodVentures states: “New Incentives is a startup organization that aims to increase delivery of conditional cash transfers, an intervention we believe to be supported by strong evidence of effectiveness. We are continuing to support New Incentives in its early stages of expansion because we believe that New Incentives, if successful, could become a GiveWell-recommended charity.”
Lampert Family Foundation
The Lampert Family Foundation has supported New Incentives since 2011 and contributed repeatedly in 2014-2016, based on recommendations by GiveWell. The Foundation seeks out novel, unorthodox opportunities for philanthropic investment with the potential to generate extraordinary returns to society.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supported the randomized controlled trial on New Incentives’ program through a Grand Challenges grant of $100,000. The Gates Foundation is the largest private foundation in the world. Launched in 2000, the primary aims of the foundation are, globally, to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty, and in America, to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology. – More about the trial.
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has supported New Incentives through its small grant program managed by the Embassy of Switzerland in Abuja, Nigeria. SDC is Switzerland’s international cooperation agency within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. In operating with other federal offices concerned, SDC is responsible for the overall coordination of development activities and cooperation with Eastern Europe, as well as for the humanitarian aid delivered by the Swiss Confederation.
REG, Raising for Effective Giving, is a community of professional poker players interested in making a positive impact. REG seeks to promote a new way of thinking about charity. Its approach is best characterized by two main features: unusual cost-effectiveness and unusual commitment. – REG has supported New Incentives with a grant in September 2015.
Amanda Glassman is the vice president for programs, director of global health policy, and a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, leading work on priority-setting, resource allocation and value for money in global health, with a particular interest in vaccination. She has 20 years of experience working on health and social protection policy and programs in Latin America and elsewhere in the developing world. Prior to her current position, Glassman was principal technical lead for health at the Inter-American Development Bank, where she led health economics and financing knowledge products and policy dialogue with member countries, designed the results-based grant program Salud Mesoamerica 2015 and served as team leader for conditional cash transfer programs such as Mexico’s Oportunidades and Colombia’s Familias en Accion.
Svetha is the Founder & CEO of New Incentives, an organization she started in 2011 after doing research at the Center for Effective Global Action with faculty who conducted evaluations of leading conditional cash transfer programs (CCTs). She built New Incentives to introduce the nonprofit sector to CCTs because they are among the most well studied evidence-based development tools in the world. Having a background in impact evaluation and field research, Svetha understands how to bring policymakers, development researchers, and NGO partners together to create what New Incentives calls next-generation CCT programming. Svetha was a 2011 Changemaker, highlighted by the Clinton Global Initiative in 2012, was named a Forbes ’30 Under 30′ Social Entrepreneur in 2012, and was winner of the Women Deliver Social Enterprise Challenge in 2013.
Patrick is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at New Incentives. Before joining New Incentives, he was a Policy Advisor on international development cooperation. Previously, he worked for the United Nations in New York, contributing to the organization’s peace initiatives around the globe through strategic political analysis and communications. Prior to New Incentives, Patrick launched a fundraising campaign in Switzerland to vaccinate children in developing countries. Partnering with the country’s largest vaccination centers, the campaign allowed people to give a shot when they got a shot. Patrick holds a Masters in Political Science and Communications.
Richard Akresh, Ph.D.
Richard Akresh is a Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. His primary research interests are in microeconomic development and labor economics focusing predominantly on children’s welfare issues in developing countries. He has examined the institution of child fostering in West Africa, as well as its impact on human capital investment for the involved children. Current research explores the impact of civil conflicts on human capital and health investments for young children, and differences between conditional and unconditional cash transfers in Burkina Faso. He is also interested in issues about migration, child labor, and intra-household bargaining.
Nick was the first engineer at Airbnb.com, an online marketplace for online rentals and that is currently said to be valued at $2.5 billion. Nick has invested in multiple startups and is currently a verified investor in companies including Chartio. Nick is passionate about education and social change. He brings his understanding of an online marketplace that focuses on both supply and demand for a product to the New Incentives team.
A J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A. from Columbia College, Vishnu has written extensively on the impact of conditional cash transfers and advocated for their increased use in international development with the New America Foundation. Before settling in the Bay Area to work on youth financial empowerment, Vishnu worked with the Global Network for Public Interest Law in New York and Beijing, as well as with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). He was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador from 2004-2006, where he focused on government transparency, citizen participation and community-initiated development.
Anne Firth Murray, Ph.D.
For the past 25 years, Anne has worked in the field of philanthropy. She founded the Global Fund for Women in 1987 and served as its Founding President until she retired in 1996. She is now a Consulting Professor in the Human Biology Program at Stanford University. Professor Murray also serves as a consultant on civil society and other issues to many foundations and is on numerous boards and councils of nonprofit organizations. Her book, Paradigm Found: Leading and Managing for Positive Change, was published in 2006. She is currently working on a new book on international women’s health and human rights.
Phyllis Weinstock, Ph.D.
Phyllis, Acting CEO and Principal Analyst of Berkeley Policy Associates, has over 20 years of experience in conducting social policy research and evaluation, with a focus on educational and early childhood programs. She has directed evaluations for the U.S. Department of Education, the California Department of Education, school districts, local governments, and nonprofit agencies. Studies under her direction have included evaluations with experimental and quasi-experimental designs, implementation studies, child and classroom assessments, and surveys of parents, teachers, and administrators. Recent projects include the Impact Study of the Program for Infant/Toddler Care (for the Western Regional Educational Laboratory) and the National Evaluation of the Teaching American History Program (for the U.S. Department of Education, Policy and Program Studies Service).
Chairman of Sand Dollar Group, LLC, an international legal and business consulting firm. Paul is a licensed attorney and a specialist in global legal, business, and financial operations. He has designed and implemented several business and legal strategies for government agencies and ventures across a broad spectrum of industry. Paul is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota Law School.