Esther Dyson

Executive Founder at Way to Wellville

I’m the executive founder (i.e. active fulltime but reporting to CEO Rick Brush) of Way to Wellville, a 10-year nonprofit project dedicated to demonstrating the value of investing in health. The benefits accrue over time and not always to the investors directly, but overall human bodies and minds are the key to our collective future…. and Wellville wants to show what it looks like when act on that fact.

We work in five small communities (Clatsop County, OR; Lake COunty, CA; Muskegon County, MI; North Hartford, CT; and Spartanburg, SC), advising local leaders on scaling local initiatives in areas such as early childhood development, diabetes/obesity reduction, mental health support/trauma-informed care. We advocate a data-rich approach with learning and accountability along the way – Wellville.net.

I spend the other 50% of my time (!) exploring new space, health and IT start-ups and technologies, writing about them and actively (and with full disclosure) investing in some of them. I love what I do and I love all the travel it entails! Board seats include 23andMe, Luxoft, Meetup (now graduated to a new launchpad with WeWork), Pressreader, Wellpass, and Yandex. Also ExpandED Schools, Long Now Foundation, Open Humans Foundation.