The mission of the University of Virginia Pay for Success Lab is to identify and advance impactful Pay for Success projects in localities across the nation. Through our work, we:
- ENGAGE with local stakeholders to identify a public issue that is a priority for the community to address
- RESEARCH the social and financial benefits that different results-based policy solutions could provide
- CONNECT stakeholders with organizations and resources that can assist with developing the project
Pay for Success (PFS) generates social value and cashable savings to government and other community organizations while driving financial resources towards serving local needs and measurably improving lives. Through the structure, a private investor pays upfront for an intervention and an end payor agrees to repay that investment should the intervention meet or exceed its predetermined target outcome measures. PFS allows community-oriented organizations to pay for tangible benefits, transfers the risk of outcome achievement to external funders, and aligns a community towards achieving beneficial outcomes.
Who We Are
Joshua Ogburn is the Director of the University of Virginia Pay for Success Lab. Over the past two years, Joshua worked intensively with the Virginia Department of Health and Virginia Pay for Success Council to undertake a feasibility study of expanding maternal home visiting in the state with PFS. As part of that effort, Joshua led a first-in-the-state home visitation outcome analysis strategy connecting datasets from three state agencies and two home visitation services providers. Prior to this work, Joshua was a staff member for U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner (VA). Joshua holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and a Bachelor of Arts in Public and Urban Affairs from Virginia Polytechnic and State Institute (Virginia Tech).
As a Fellow in the University of Virginia Pay for Success Lab, Michelle is researching innovative methods of increasing urban entrepreneurship in D.C. among underrepresented groups. Michelle’s research specialities focus on marginalized populations such as women and children, and she has conducted formal consulting work for UNICEF, the U.S. Department of State, the Department of Defense, and a host of local nonprofits in the Charlottesville area. Prior to joining the Lab, Michelle held positions at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Michelle has a Master of Public Policy from the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality from the University of Virginia.
As a Fellow in the University of Virginia Pay for Success Lab, Henry Crochiere is researching Green Infrastructure and reaching out to different cities and counties across the country who would be the best candidate for such a project. Henry is a rising Fourth Year at the University of Virginia studying Economics and Spanish. Henry is the current president of the Inter-Fraternity Council as well as the co-chair of Pancakes for Parkinson's, U.Va.'s largest student-run philanthropy. Henry wants to pursue a career in consulting or impact investing after he graduates.
Adam is a Third Year at the University of Virginia studying Economics and Computer Science. Adam has extensive experience with social enterprises as a member of the SE@UVA Student Advisory Board, winner of the Enactus Social Entrepreneurship Case Competition, and co-founder of microHub. microHub is a venture that provides data analytics and predictive modeling to local NGOs and was launched during the summer of 2016 in Kibuye, Rwanda. Adam hopes to continue studying the relationship between the private and public sectors and eventually run his own social enterprise focused on the entertainment industry.
As a Fellow in the University of Virginia Pay for Success Lab, Will Leas is researching how the use of Green Infrastructure and Environmental Impact Bonds can solve the problem of Combined Sewer Overflows. Will is a rising Fourth Year at the University of Virginia studying Public Policy and Foreign Affairs. Apart from his specific interest in Security and Defense Policy, he is interested in social entrepreneurship and impact investing. Will is the sponsorship chair of TEDxUVA, and the Vice-President of the Virginia Ski and Wakeboard Team. He hopes to continue studying the relationship between the public and private sectors after graduation, and start his own social venture.
As a Fellow in the University of Virginia Pay for Success Lab, Stefano Rumi is researching the expansion of affordable low-income housing in urban areas across the United States. A third year Jefferson and Echols Scholar at the University, Stefano’s academic passion lies in researching sustainable social policy to address poverty and social inequity in today’s society. As a student board member of Social Entrepreneurship at UVA, Stefano pushed to bring more opportunities to student entrepreneurs interested in social change. He is currently in his final year of a BA in Sociology and Social Entrepreneurship. Stefano lives off Cabell Avenue with two opossums and a tabby cat (all named Olivier) who can be found romping around in the front yard on a sunny day.
The University of Virginia Pay for Success Lab is financially supported by The Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia, a cross-disciplinary, pan-university initiative aimed at researching and advancing innovative partnerships across the government, non-profit, and private sectors.