What Your Gift Will Do
Your gift will support African Diaspora Network activities to collaborate on cross sector initatives including African Women in Tech, African Diaspora Investment Symposium, and other events.
African Diaspora Network offers Africans and friends of Africa the opportunity to enhance their impact on the continent and grow professionally and personally. ADN promotes dialogue and action on social and economic development issues in Africa; we foster collaboration between individuals and groups interested in Africa's future in order to benefit indigenous Africans around the world. By sharing knowledge and forming partnerships ADN harnesses the intellectual, financial, philanthropic, and entrepreneurial capacity of Africans and friends of Africa for the greater good of the continent.
Almaz Negash is a social entrepreneur who believes in the power of individuals to gain economic self-sufficiency through social enterprise development and employment. Negash is currently the managing director of Step Up Silicon Valley, a social innovation network and anti-poverty lab focused on increasing economic self-sufficiency through convening, advocating for policy changes, and incubating innovative solutions. Under her leadership, Step Up ideated and incubated, Pay for Success (a.k.a. Social Impact Bond), a $6 million new model for financing social programs in Santa Clara County. For the last two decades, Negash has sought to improve the quality of life of our communities through local and global partnerships.
In 2010, Negash founded the African Diaspora Network (ADN) to inform and engage Africans in the Diaspora and facilitate direct collaboration with social entrepreneurs, innovators, and business leaders to invest in and improve the lives of everyone on the continent.Negash is the co-founder of Global Women Leadership Network (GWLN). She is the author of an article on the Role of Africans in the Diaspora published in 2013 and contributing author of Awakening Social Responsibility published in 2007. She has written numerous articles on global trade, social and educational issues. Negash seats on paid and volunteer advisory board including Samaritan Medical Center, Silicon Valley Education Foundation, and One World Children’s Fund. She has received many awards for her work including the 2014 African Diaspora Bridge Builders Award from the Diaspora African Forum Foundation