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January 22, 2015 Krista Donaldson

Introducing D-Rev’s New Board Member: Stephanie Dodson of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

We’re so grateful to have Stephanie join D-Rev’s Board of Directors. I’ll let her introduce herself!

I’m so happy to have joined forces with the D-Rev team. At Draper Richards Kaplan, we believe in supporting organizations that have the capacity and leadership to truly solve problems. D-Rev’s potential to disrupt the way medical technology is designed and delivered in under-served markets could unleash market forces that will make a huge difference in the poor’s access world-class care.

Advanced medical technology is so embedded in our health care system in the U.S. so it is easy to take it for granted. The absence or shortage of medical technology is a reality in many countries, which can create enormous disparities in healthcare, resulting in unnecessary suffering and deaths. But it doesn’t work to just throw equipment out into the marketplace. D-Rev understands that products must be affordable, beautiful, and perform in challenging circumstances.

What I love about D-Rev:

  • In the funding world we hear constantly about impact. I have never met anyone as committed to measuring and sharing real results as Krista Donaldson, D-Rev’s CEO.

  • D-Rev’s design process truly is user-based. Its process of listening to people and designing to their needs is a model for any medical device company.

  • The team is committed to making sure its products are used. This requires real persistence and commitment. They understand that it is not enough to merely design beautiful products. Dozens of challenges in the field must be addressed to make sure the products are manufactured, distributed and used.

I know how hard this work is through my own experience as co-founder of Project Healthy Children, where we partner with developing countries to save lives through sustainable and measurable methods of food fortification and supplementation. I also co-founded Strategic Grant Partners, a venture capital model of consulting and philanthropic investing working to create positive futures for children and families in Massachusetts and nationally, and a girls’ middle school in Rwanda, The Maranyundo School. I’ve been involved for many years as an advisor, board member, funder, and cheerleader for a host of social venture organizations.

I love my hometown Boston, but it’s great to be able to come see D-Rev—great food, sunshine, many friends from my Stanford Business School days, and one of my three daughters nearby. I play the piano, ski, bike, climb, hike—I never let lack of ability ruin my fun!

It’s such an honor to support the D-Rev team.

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