|Founder and Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors
In the 1990s, while working in the optical industry, Mark Sachs participated in optical mission trips to Albania and Mexico where he noted that reading glasses were the most popular items dispensed – but that most groups did not have adequate supplies to satisfy this demand. To address this need, Mark started RestoringVision in 2003 and built its capabilities while working at his day job at Blue Shield of California.
In April, 2012, Mark retired to devote his time and energy as the volunteer Director of the organization. In January 2015, Mark turned over the operations of RestoringVision to a new Executive Director and focused his attention on his growing responsibilities as Chairman of the Board of Directors. In 2020, Mark handed over the role of Chairman and was appointed Chairman Emeritus. Today, Mark focuses his time on key projects and speaking engagements to encourage action and partnerships to address the global need for glasses in the developing world.
He holds a B.A. degree from Whittier College and an M.B.A. degree from University of Southern California.