Ms. Almaz Negash is the founder of African Diaspora Network (ADN). In 2010, she founded ADN to inform and engage Africans in the diaspora in order to facilitate direct collaboration with social entrepreneurs, innovators and business leaders to invest and improve the lives of everyone on the continent. Under her leadership and vision, ADN is now the home of The African Diaspora Investment Symposium (ADIS), a market place for investors and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley.
Negash also serves as the Senior Managing Director of Step Up Silicon Valley, a social innovation network utilizing disruptive, research-based strategies to reduce poverty and increase economic opportunity in Silicon Valley. The latest of her contributions to community economic development include her leadership in exploration and incubation of Pay for Success (aka Social Impact Bond), a new model of social innovation financing that resulted in a $6 million project to reduce homelessness in Santa Clara County.
She is a frequently sought out speaker on regional and global development and has authored several articles and serves on many organizational boards and advisory boards She holds an MBA from Golden Gate University and a BA from University of San Francisco.
Outpatient Pharmacy Operation Manager, VA Central California Health Care System; Director of the Mary K. Yap Foundation since 2014
Patron, Burmese American Catholic Fellowship (B.A.C.F), San Francisco, California, Founder of Mary K Yap Foundation since 2014.
Managing Director of Mandalay Holdings PTE. Ltd., a Private Equity Business Investment company, Singapore, Director of Mary K Yap Foundation since 2014.
Chief Executive Officer, Sigma Consulting Group LLC, a specialized boutique consulting company, San Diego; Director of the Mary K. Yap Foundation since 2015
President, Hua Zhong Alumni Associations; Director, Burmese American Buddhist Association (BABA); and Director of the Mary K. Yap Foundation since 2016.
Chief Legal Advisor to Petronas Myanmar (Hong Kong) Ltd., Yangon; Director of the Mary K. Yap Foundation since 2015
Chief Executive Officer, TieBam Inc., a U.S based company established to manufacture railroad ties using bamboo; Director of the Mary K. Yap Foundation since 2016
Writer, Author, Entrepreneur, Founder of Tri-Win Corporation; Director of the Mary K. Yap Foundation since 2016