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Almaz Negash Biography

Almaz Negash

Sr. Managing Director
Step Up Silicon Valley, Catholic Charities

Almaz Negash is Managing Director of Step Up Silicon Valley, a social innovation network and anti-poverty laboratory utilizing disruptive, research-based strategies to reduce poverty and increase economic opportunity in Silicon Valley. As a social entrepreneur and an executive experienced in managing international business development and trade negotiation, Negash believes in the power of social enterprise to provide individuals with the skills and resources necessary to move towards pathways of prosperity. The latest of her contributions to community economic development include her leadership in Step Up Silicon Valley’s exploration and incubation of Pay for Success (a.k.a. Social Impact Bond), a new model of social innovation financing that resulted in a $6 million project to reduce homelessness in Santa Clara County in the next six years.

In 2010, Almaz founded the African Diaspora Network 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.


Almaz has authored several articles including Empowerment of Women and African Diaspora in Ensuring Renaissance of the Continent. She has also written on topics on global trade, social and educational issues. She serves as an advisory board and committee member at Samaritan Medical Center, Silicon Valley Education Foundation, and One World Children’s Fund, and is co-founder of the Global Women’s Leadership Network at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University. She holds an MBA from Golden Gate University and a BA from University of San Francisco