How We Work
We provide more than just capital. We leverage our resources and networks to empower our partners to do great work.
We are natural collaborators. We do all that we can to help and nothing that will get in the way.
We are prepared to take calculated risks to yield high rewards. We fund projects that may take longer than a lifetime to complete. We are committed to sharing our experiences.
Ill health and poverty are complex problems. Solutions may not be easily won. We expect to negotiate challenges as we work with our partners to achieve improvement, not perfection.
Michael oversees the day-to-day activities of A to Z, which include: administration, idea sourcing, board management, and management of our current investments and new partnerships. He attends networking and learning events to stay aware of updates in the industry and new possibilities. Yoga philosophy and interfaith studies form the foundation of his understanding of humanity, as he believes strongly that we are all connected and all lives have equal value. Michael is a 2016 alumnus of the Philanthropy Workshop and a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts who enjoys life at home with his wife and kid.
Andrea sits on the Review and Compensation Committee at A to Z. She is a recent graduate from Marist College with a degree in Business Administration concentrating in human resources. She is continuing her education at Hofstra University, getting a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has interned with The Water Trust (one of A to Z’s partners), has volunteered at Inter Community Nursery School, worked as a camp counselor, and has a love for children. Andrea has a passions for writing and Harry Potter, and was awarded a paper plate award for “Most Likely to Be There For You When You’ve Had a Bad Day” in college, a title she is very proud of.
Jeff is a Partner at Deerfield Management, a health care investment firm, where he formulates and manages highly structured financial instruments for health care innovation and growth and manages the trading department. Prior to joining Deerfield in 2001, Jeff held positions at Merrill Lynch and E.F. Hutton. Jeff is on the Executive Committee of The Deerfield Partnership Foundation, which supports health care for underserved communities and is funded by Deerfield’s profits and employees. In 2007, Jeff co-founded The Water Trust, an NGO focused on clean water, sanitation and hygiene in rural Uganda, and in 2003, co-founded GOAL (Giving Open Access to Learning) an after-school enrichment program in East Harlem. Jeff is an ordained Interfaith Minister and graduate of All Faith’s Seminary International.
Senior Director, Investments
Alex oversees the impact investing activities of A to Z, which include: developing strategies, identifying and managing pipeline, conducting due diligence, negotiating terms, measuring social impact, and supporting the existing portfolio. Prior to A to Z, Alex served as a Venture Director at Rippleworks, an Investment Director at FINCA Ventures, a Product Manager at Fenix International (now ENGIE Energy Access), and a Consultant at Deloitte. Alex received his BA in Mathematics from Carleton College, and his MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.