SFGate Covers Winner of SEBA's, SF Chronicle's Visionary of the Year Award

The San Francisco Chronicle and Saint Mary's College's School of Economics and Business Administration presented the 2016 Visionary of the Year Award to Chase Adam, founder of crowdfunding platform Watsi at a gala dinner at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.  Chase Adams poses with SEBA Dean Zhan Li, left, and SMC President James Donahue, after being announced the winner at a gala ceremony for the Visionary of the Year Award at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco , Calif., on Tuesday, March 29, 2016.

Chase Adam received the Visionary of the Year award for his work as the creator of Watsi, a San Francisco-based crowdfunded medical care platform for impoverished people in developing countries around the world. 

When 29-year-old Chase Adam first thought to start a crowdfunding platform for health care, he was mystified one didn’t already exist.

Moved by what he had seen in Central America during his time in the Peace Corps, Adam created Watsi. Adam is the second person to win the award that honors Bay Area leaders who work to create social change. The inaugural title last year went to Evan Marwell, CEO and founder of the nonprofit Education Superhighway, which gives public school classrooms high-speed Internet connections.

The award carries a $25,000 grant and a $10,000 scholarship in the winner’s name from Saint Mary’s College School of Economics and Business Administration in Moraga, The Chronicle’s partner in creating the award. Winners may use the grant money as they wish.

To learn more, read the SFGate story "Chase Adam, Visionary of the Year, fixing health funding problem."

Date of Mention: 
Thursday, March 31, 2016