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.

Keith Muth

Deputy Director, Director of Operations


Keith Muth is Deputy Director, Director of Operations, for the White House Presidential Innovation Fellowship program. Before joining the PIF program, Keith’s passion for digital health led him to Rock Health, a venture fund in San Francisco. As a Rock Health fellow, he co-founded Kinsights, a social network for parents backed by a private health record to allow parents to track their child’s health. When Kinsights was acquired by Care.com, Keith joined Rock Health as Chief Operations Officer, supporting the fund's portfolio companies and running internal operations.

Keith is a graduate of James Madison University where he holds a B.S. in Interactive Media. He fell in love with computers in pre-school when he learned to boot floppy disks in MS-DOS to play video games, and built his first website when he was 12 years old about snowboarding.

Davar Ardalan

Deputy Director


Iran Davar Ardalan is a veteran storyteller, and entrepreneur working at the intersection of emerging technology and inclusivity. At PIF, she'll be responsible for chronicling the story of innovation within American federal agencies through the work of our fellows. A veteran journalist, Ardalan founded IVOW, an AI and cultural storytelling startup after 20+ years at NPR News.

At NPR, as a Senior Producer of Weekend Edition and Morning Edition, Ardalan was responsible for editorial and production decisions that required elaborate coordination and planning, such as shaping Morning Edition broadcasts from Baghdad, Kabul and New Orleans. Ardalan has also served as Director of Storytelling at the open innovation agency SecondMuse. There, she helmed storytelling efforts for various campaigns, including NASA's International Space Apps Challenge and Australian Aid innovation programs in Timor-Leste, Tonga and Fiji.

Ardalan, who has also served as Executive Producer at Hanson Robotics, has been recognized with a 2017 NASA Team Leadership award for Space Apps, a Gracie Award from the American Women in Radio and Television and a shout-out in the popular comic strip Zippy. In May 2014, she was the recipient of a United States Ellis Island Medal of Honor for individual achievement and for promoting cultural unity.