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James Nardella

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James Nardella serves as a Principal on the Portfolio and Investments team at the Skoll Foundation. He identifies organizations with the potential to drive large-scale social change, screens these organizations 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. During his tenure, the Lwala provided more than 300,000 patient visits, successfully increased skilled delivery rates, and reduced under-5 mortality and HIV transmission rates. 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 two young children. He has written for One, Impatient Optimists, Clinton Global Initiative, Girls Globe, and The Mother and Child Project.