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James Nardella

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James Nardella serves as a Principal on the Awards and Community team at the Skoll Foundation. He identifies organizations with the potential to drive large-scale social change, screens them for the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, leads the Foundation’s relationship with a portfolio of current Skoll Awardees, and contributes thought leadership to the field of social entrepreneurship. Previously, James led the Lwala Community Alliance, a Kenyan health and development organization affiliated with Vanderbilt University. He oversaw the expansion of programs to provide 20,000 people with healthcare, 6,000 students with after-school programming, and 180 Kenyans with meaningful employment. James holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts from Boston University and a M.Ed. in International Education Policy and Leadership from Vanderbilt. He met his wife, Jena, through their mutual work in Africa, and they have a young son, Jude. He has written for One, Impatient Optimists, Clinton Global Initiative, Girls Globe, and The Mother and Child Project.