Co-Founder and EVP of Jibo, Inc.
Co-Founder and Executive Vice President/Business Development of Jibo, Inc., an entrepreneurial start-up in the consumer technology space. A dynamic leader with 25 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur, senior executive and innovator in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Immediately prior to co-founding the current company, Ms. Asher was Executive Vice President of the nonprofit, nonpartisan The State of the USA, a collaboration with the National Academy of Sciences, which seeks to help Americans better assess for themselves the progress of the nation. She is the founder and president of Rainmaker Group, Inc, a strategic consulting firm focused on strategy at the intersection of policy, business and government with clients including IBM and RAND corporations. In the nonprofit sector, Ms. Asher served as Chair of the first multi-disciplinary infant development organization in the country, and co-founded the Lincoln Trust, the first centrist, anti-apartheid organization in the United States that initiated the multi-national boycotts against the South African government. She has held leadership posts in six health care companies and served as a Senatorial adviser on health care policy and business initiatives for both the public and private sectors. Specialties: deep expertise in health care business, policy and strategy, corporate development, capital campaigns (as CEO, raised over $300M), collaborations and strategic partnerships with government agencies, NGO's and mutli-sector corporations.
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