A successful New York optometrist, Jordan devised an innovative way to deliver affordable reading glasses to some of the world's poorest and hardest to reach communities: the creation of franchise partnerships to use a "business in a bag" model.
Vision Spring now has 1,100 "vision entrepreneurs" and has sold nearly 100,000 pairs of glasses in India, Mexico, Central America, and Africa.
Dr. Kassalow is chairman and co-founder of VisionSpring. He is also the founder of the Global Health Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he served as an Adjunct Senior Fellow from 1999-2004.
Prior to his position at the Council, he served as Director of the Onchocerciasis Division at Helen Keller International. In 2001 he co-founded Scojo Vision, LLC and Scojo Foundation, now VisionSpring.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Lighthouse International and on the Medical Advisory Board of Helen Keller International.
The recipient of numerous awards, including the Social Innovator of the Year award from BYU's Marriott School of Management, The Aspen Institute's Henry Crown Fellowship, and a Draper Richards Foundation Fellowship.
Dr. Kassalow received his Doctorate of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry and his Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.
In addition to his position at VisionSpring, he is currently a partner at the practice of Drs. Farkas, Kassalow, Resnick, and Associates.