How the Global Coronavirus Response Creates Opportunities for Impact Investing
By Anastasia Ustinova
When Crysti Chen heard about the shortage of medical masks in Seattle-area hospitals, her first instinct was to reach out to entrepreneurs in her native China, who were entrenched in the battlefields of the coronavirus outbreak months ahead of the United States.
Within days, the 27-year old University of Washington alumna organized expedited shipments from Guangdong province, securing 35,000 masks for UW Medicine, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital and other area clinics. Chen’s #Masks4WA campaign has raised more than $20,000 with plans to supply smaller clinics and firefighters with protective gear.
Photo courtesy of Sudipto Sarkar.