Jennifer Staple-Clark, Founder of Unite for Sigh
In 2000, Jennifer Staple-Clark, then a sophomore at Yale University, founded Unite For Sight in her dorm room. Unite For Sight is now a leader both in global health education and in providing cost-effective care to the world’s poorest people. She has been featured twice in Nicholas D. Kristof’s columns in The New York Times. She was also featured weekly on CNN International in 2007 and 2008.
Jennifer is the recipient of the 2011 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, presented by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government to “an individual whose contributions in the realm of community service, advocacy or grassroots activism have elevated the debate or changed the landscape with respect to a public issue or issues.” In 2013, she received the Praxis Award in Professional Ethics from Villanova University. Jennifer also received the American Institute of Public Service’s 2009 National Jefferson Award For Public Service, which is regarded as the “Nobel Prize” for public service. In 2007, Jennifer was awarded a BRICK Award, which honors and funds change-makers who identify problems and work to change the world. She has also been featured in the book Our Time is Now: Young People Changing the World, as well as in many other publications.
Jennifer is the author of journal articles and book chapters about social entrepreneurship, best practices in global health, and community eye health. Additionally, she serves as a judge in social entrepreneurship competitions, including the Canadian Government’s Grand Challenges in Health. A cum laude graduate of Yale University, Jennifer is also a member of the Yale University President’s Council on International Activities, and on the Operating Board of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute. Jennifer frequently gives presentations and keynote addresses about social entrepreneurship and global health.