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:
- RESEARCH the social and financial benefits that effective policy solutions can provide
- ENGAGE with local stakeholders to educate them about Pay for Success and other results-based funding strategies
- CONNECT stakeholders with organizations and resources that can assist with advancing promising project ideas
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.
The Pay for Success Lab is currently accepting rolling applications for its 2017/18 volunteer Fellow positions. The Fellowship is an excellent opportunity to learn about important policy issue areas, gain familiarity with evidence-based policy and impact investing, and create real change in communities. You may access the application HERE.
Who We Are
Joshua Ogburn is the Director of the University of Virginia Pay for Success Lab. Joshua is currently the Project Manager for the Richmond Pediatric Asthma Pay for Success Project. 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. 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).
Nathan is a second-year at UVA studying Politics and Economics. In his first two years, he has discovered a passion for involvement in the Charlottesville community. Through his work as Education Director for the Community Honor Fund, a student-run non-profit, Nathan has explored the impact of microloans for low-income residents of Charlottesville that have been victimized by predatory lending. The most impactful part of this process has been the ability to engage with community members and organizations to bring about positive change for residents that need help. He hopes to apply this experience to additional communities as works as a Fellow at the Pay for Success Lab. After graduation, he hopes to continue to work with the issues of poverty and income inequality through public policy initiatives.
Jordan is a third year studying Political & Social Thought and Economics. She serves as the Vice Chair for Sanction for the University Judiciary Committee and an Executive Editor for the Virginia Review of Politics. After she graduates, Jordan hopes to pursue a career in law.
Jose is a Fourth year studying Economics and has a particular interest in Education. He will be joining the Teach For America Corp in Houston this upcoming year and seeks to apply his knowledge to mitigate the Education Achievement Gap. Before joining the Pay For Success team, he spent his summers in the classroom teaching middle school and elementary school. At UVa, he volunteered with Habitat for Humanity consistently and grew an appreciation for the work that they do in terms of Affordable Housing.
Kim is in her first year at the University of Virginia pursuing Master of Public Policy and Juris Doctor degrees. Previously, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Boston College. Before returning to pursue graduate school, Kim pursued varied opportunities in the nonprofit, public, and government sectors. Recently, she worked on a project to standardize social impact metrics for impact investors.
Olivia is a Third Year participating in the Distinguished Majors Program in Government and is also a candidate for a Master of Public Policy. Olivia currently serves as the Program Director for the Legal Aid Justice Center, a non-profit that provides an array of services to low-income Charlottesville residents, through Madison House. Prior to joining the Lab, Olivia interned in Sullivan & Cromwell’s Pro Bono Department, for a NYC criminal defense firm, and in the Inglewood Courthouse of the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Sisi is a first-year graduate student in Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, studying public policy. Prior to joining the Lab, Sisi interned with NPI, a non-profit organization in China, focusing on social entrepreneurship and philanthropic consultation. After graduation, Sisi hopes to continue researching effective model of solving pressing social problems and eventually run her own social enterprise focused on social entrepreneurship.
Naomi is a in her fourth year at the University of Virginia. She is pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Foreign Affairs and a Master's Degree in Public Policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Naomi is passionate about solving inequality issues, especially through an urban focus. At UVa, Naomi is the President of FeelGood, a non-profit organization that sells grilled cheese sandwiches to raise funds for hunger and poverty fighting programs. Before beginning her Master's program, Naomi interned at the Congressional Research Service where she performed research and analysis for members of Congress and their staff. After graduation, Naomi hopes to work for a think tank or a non-profit organization to tackle pressing social issues that challenge city residents.
Spencer Godine is a fourth year student at UVA in the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. This past summer he had the opportunity to put his leadership skills into practice while on a mission trip to an orphanage in Ghana, where he acted as Sports Director, instructing the kids in football and basketball. Spencer also enjoys playing sports, as he is a member of the Men’s Club Lacrosse Team at UVA and a former member of the varsity team at Christopher Newport University before transferring to UVA during the Spring semester of his second year. He wasted no time finding clubs, activities and organizations to get involved with at the University. During the 2016 football season, Spencer acted as a volunteer manager, assisting coaches during practice and games. Additionally, he joined the One Love Foundation as a facilitator, visiting different teams, clubs and fraternities around Grounds to guide conversations on how to end relationship violence. Since cancer has directly affected his family, Spencer decided to become a counselor at Camp Kesem which has a program specifically designed to give support and encouragement to children who have a parent affected by cancer. The camp is free to the kids because counselors fundraise all year in order to sponsor campers for a week during the summer. Spencer is also a member of the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta, commonly known as Fiji at UVA. During his free time, he enjoys playing the piano, hanging out with his siblings or going on a hike with the family’s two yellow labs, Ellie and Lacy.
Alex is a second year majoring in Economics. He also serves as Interviews Editor for the Virginia Review of Politics, is a member of the Legislative Affairs Committee of Student Council, and works in the Nudge4 Success Lab. He is interested in the intersection of civic engagement and technology, as well as how evidence-based policies can reduce costs while improving outcomes.
Akshitha is a first year in the College of Arts and Sciences at UVA. She is pursuing the Pre-Comm track and aims to double major in Computer Science and Commerce. She has been involved in many different organizations during her first semester including Net Impact at UVA, Women in Business Forum, Women in UN, UNICEF and the Cville Solar Project. Currently, she is exploring the realm of social entrepreneurship through Pay for Success lab and HackCville’s entrepreneurship program, Hustle. In the coming years, Akshitha hopes to explore entrepreneurship furthermore and ultimately set up her own business or work in the corporate setting.
Adam is a Fourth 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.
Throughout her time at UVA Ariel has been involved in a variety of on grounds organizations such as UVA Global Medical Brigades, Madison House, Sigma Kappa Sorority, the International Justice Mission and the Class of 2017 Council. She has also served as a research assistant for the UVA Medical School’s Department of Cell Biology & Cancer Center for 2 years, and as a research technician for the UVA Center for Diabetes Technology’s artificial pancreas project. This past summer Ariel also served as Governor’s Fellow for Virginia’s Secretary of Health and Human Resources Dr. William A. Hazel where she studied the opioid crisis, trauma informed care initiates and state-wide health disparities at the Virginia Governor’s Office. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from UVA in May of 2017 and is currently a 2nd year Accelerated Master of Public Policy student studying health policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy.
Meheret is a fourth-year pre-medical student at the University of Virginia. She has extensive experience in both Clinical and Scientific Research with 3 publications in progress. She is also the founder of Spreading Epilepsy Awareness (SEA), a studen-run philanthropic organization and Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity VA Alpha Chapter, the first pre-medical fraternity at UVA. After graduation, Meheret hopes to continue applying innovative solutions to health issues.
Molly Martin is a Master of Public Policy candidate in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish. She worked in Nashville, Tennessee, for three years helping facilitate systems change to end homelessness as an AmeriCorps VISTA, and working in nonprofit development for The Contributor, a nonprofit street newspaper sold by people experiencing homelessness and poverty. Molly's areas of interest include creating economic opportunities through social enterprise, and integrating community systems to improve access to resources for people living in poverty. As a Fellow in the Pay for Success Lab, Molly is researching the impact the PFS private-public partnership may have on affordable housing financing in urban areas across the United States.
Callie is a fourth year at the University of Virginia pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a minor in Social Entrepreneurship. During her time at UVA, she has been involved with Habitat for Humanity and currently serves as the campus president. She and her executive team are working hard to raise $20,000, so that they can receive a State Farm Matching Grant worth $20,000. This money will allow the UVA Habitat for Humanity chapter to sponsor a home for the first time in the club’s history. Before starting her fourth year, Callie spent the summer working in Cape Town, South Africa for Mosaic, a non-profit focused on promoting women’s rights and combating gender-based violence in South Africa. Her work included drafting funding proposals, educating communities on gender-based violence and creating manuals for an EU funded initiative that aimed to educate youth on their rights and responsibilities. Callie is hoping to continue a career in social enterprises and non-profit work following graduation.
Stefano Rumi specializes in affordable low-income housing in urban areas across the United States. He just completed a comprehensive report, Our Neighborhood, Our Community, in partnership with the NHP Foundation exploring PFS opportunities to fund affordable housing units. A fourth 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 Rugby Road with two opossums and a tabby cat (all named Olivier) who can be found romping around in the front yard on a sunny day.
Tejo is currently a fourth year studying Statistics and Economics. Tejo got introduced to social entrepreneurship through HackCVille, an independent learning platform for students that inspired her to work creatively to solve prevalent issues. During her time at UVA she has been involved in VISAS, two dance teams, the Indian Student Association executive board, and currently works as a research assistant with the Behavioral Research lab at Darden. In the past Tejo worked at the law firm of Shah&Kishore, Pfizer, Capital Group, and finally at the House of Representatives as a Congressional Intern for her semester off.
Evan Vahouny is a Consultant at The Lewin Group, Board Member at OAR of Fairfax County, and Strategic Adviser to the University of Virginia Pay for Success Lab. Evan brings nearly five years of experience in health care policy analysis and program development, with a specialty in behavioral health and justice interventions. Prior to his current positions, Evan served as a Senior Fellow at New Sector Alliance, helping to leverage cross-sector collaborations that promote peer support among Veterans, and also worked at the Department of Justice and the Office of Senator Jim Webb. Evan 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 Psychology from the University of Virginia.
Annie is a 3rd year double majoring in Youth and Social Innovation through the Curry School as well as Psychology. She serves as a Director for the University Programs Council's Cultural Connections committee and is the President of the Jewish Social Justice Council. Annie has a passion for community engagement, particularly with youth, as well as evidence-based research in the non-profit sector and is excited to bring these passions to the Pay for Success Lab. After graduation Annie hopes to work in community development and eventually pursue a master's degree in Organizational Psychology.
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.