WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 10, 2019 – Winrock International, the U.S.-based national and international economic development organization, today announces the appointment of Nanette Medved-Po to its board of directors. Medved-Po is an award-winning film actress, TV host, philanthropist and business leader. Forbes magazine named her to its 2017 Asian Heroes of Philanthropy list.
“We are excited to welcome Nanette Medved-Po to the board of directors of Winrock International,” said Winrock President and CEO Rodney Ferguson. “Her focus on results and passion for market-driven solutions to improve lives aligns perfectly with Winrock’s mission, values and goals.”
Medved-Po is founder and director of Generation Hope, a social enterprise that produces Hope in a Bottle bottled water, which can be found at major retailers such as Starbucks and 7-Eleven. All profits are donated to the nonprofit Friends of Hope, which Medved-Po also founded. Friends of Hope uses the profits from Generation Hope to build classrooms in the Philippines. Generation Hope has expanded to produce co-branded products with partners such as Vita Coco. To date, classrooms have been constructed for approximately 13,000 students, primarily in the Filipino state of Mindanao.