The mission of the University of Virginia Pay for Success Lab is to identify and advance impactful Pay for Success project models in localities across the nation. We work with local stakeholders during the early stages of project development to:
- IDENTIFY a public issue that is a priority for the community to address
- RESEARCH the social and financial benefits that an intervention could provide, and
- ENGAGE with local stakeholders to develop a results-based policy solution.
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).
Eliza is a fourth year Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia, studying Public Policy & Leadership and Foreign Affairs. Previously, Eliza interned with the Rwanda Ministry of Health, where she conducted research about child mental health policy. Eliza is passionate about creating innovative solutions to health policy challenges and excited about researching programs to improve childhood asthma in Richmond, Virginia as a Fellow in the Pay for Success Lab.
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, Matthew L. Greenspan is researching the implementation of anti-recidivism programs in Fairfax, Virginia. In the course of his undergraduate education, his interest in social entrepreneurship and government led him to complete internships with the office of his congressman Jim Moran (VA-8), and 1776 (a Washington, DC-based startup accelerator). He has also worked on technology policy issues with the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economics and Statistics Administration, and the UN's International Telecommunication Union. Matthew is expecting his Master of Leadership and Public Policy degree from the Frank Batten School this May, and holds a B.A. in International Economics from the University of Virginia.
As a Fellow in the University of Virginia Pay for Success Lab, William Henagan is researching the expansion of outcomes-based environmental programs. William is fourth-year Jefferson Scholar at the University of Virginia. After graduating early with a B.A. in History, he began studying for his M.S. in Commerce. William’s previous experience includes a White House internship and later a fellowship within the Economic Development Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He is an active entrepreneur excited by the intersection between government and private enterprise.
As a Fellow in the University of Virginia Pay for Success Lab, Adam Jones is researching the expansion of early childhood education in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. 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, Kylie LeBlanc is researching the expansion of early childhood education in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Kylie has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a post-baccalaureate degree in Mathematics from Northwestern University. Currently, she is a dual Education Policy PhD/Public Policy MPP student. Kylie is passionate about improving both early childhood education and the methodologies we use to evaluate the efficacy of educational policies and initiatives.
As a Fellow in the University of Virginia Pay for Success Lab, George Rudebusch is researching the expansion of entrepreneurship amongst disadvantaged communities in Washington, DC. As an undergraduate, George independently researched social-impact investing, specifically securitized debt vehicles in the African microfinance industry. George is currently pursuing a J.D. / M.P.P. at the University of Virginia. He holds a B.A. in philosophy and finance from the College of William and Mary, graduating Summa Cum Laude.
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, and a first-year Master’s of Public Policy candidate at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. 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.
As a Fellow in the University of Virginia Pay for Success Lab, Madeleine Shaw is researching outcomes-based programming for Opportunity Youth in Richmond, VA. Prior to joining the Lab, Madeleine worked as a summer associate at Ashoka Social Financial Services. Her research at Ashoka was dedicated to finding how policymakers and businesses can find market-based solutions to societal problems in a variety of policy fields both domestically and internationally. As a Master in Public Policy student, Madeleine hopes to combine her knowledge of social finance and politics through community development work. Madeleine has a Bachelors in Foreign Affairs with a minor in Spanish from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia.
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.