Leadership Team

Joshua Di Frances

Executive Director

Josh is currently the Executive Director for the Presidential Innovation Fellowship program. Before joining the PIF program, he was on CVS Health’s Digital Strategy and Innovation team where he worked to accelerate innovation through healthcare and technology strategic partnerships and investments. Josh also worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital—a Harvard affiliated academic medical center—in their Innovation Hub where he helped Harvard Medical School professors to commercialize technology. Prior to Brigham, Josh served as Director of Operations for a biotechnology start-up that focused on novel gene editing technology.

Josh is a graduate of Boston University where he holds a B.A. in Biology with a Concentration in Neuroscience. He is currently pursuing Executive Coursework at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management and graduate course work in Strategic Management at Harvard University. Josh is also a proud volunteer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Saran Kaba

Operations Specialist

Saran Kaba is the Operations Specialist for the Presidential Innovation Fellows program. Saran worked as an Organizational Management Professional for a number of nonprofits in New York, including: Equality Now, amfAR, The Center for Reproductive Rights and The Participatory Budgeting Project. Before joining PIF, she served for a year as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer in Senegal, West Africa; bringing her expertise in organizational development and grants management to a nonprofit called The SEED Project (Sports for Education and Economic Development), with a mission to empower the next generation of African leaders through basketball.

Saran received her M.A. in Public Administration from Baruch College, School of Public Affairs and holds a B.A. in International Studies from The City College of New York, CUNY. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Born and raised in NYC, and the daughter of a UN diplomat, Saran lived in Guinea for 7 years. Saran enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures. Co-author of a children's book (The 3 Little Birds), she strives to bring educational support to youth throughout Africa and especially in Guinea.