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OUR VISION

A world where mental health is never an obstacle.

Our mission

We’re reinventing mental health care by coupling data science and virtual delivery to provide immediate, personal support for anyone.

Why "Ginger?"

When Ginger co-founder and COO, Karan Singh, was young, his mother would brew him ginger tea when she could sense that he was about to get sick. A preventative health remedy that originates from Southeast Asia, the ginger root is commonly used at the first sign of illness, before things get worse. Similar to this approach, the Ginger system takes a preventative approach to mental health, addressing issues before they evolve into greater challenges and providing support anywhere, at any time. By bringing the power of on-demand mental health support to hundreds of thousands of people globally, we continue to advance our mission of creating a world where mental health is never an obstacle.

Founding story

Ginger was founded in 2011 by a team of entrepreneurs and data scientists at the MIT Media Lab who sought to build the world’s first mental health technology platform. Through smartphone-based technology, the platform was designed to identify patterns of anxiety, stress and depression, and alert patients and their healthcare providers to deliver care.

For co-founder and COO, Karan Singh, this journey had deep personal ties. After learning of a loved one’s suicide attempt, Singh committed to reinventing the way mental healthcare is delivered around the world.

As Ginger grew, the team realized the enormous potential to further improve mental health outcomes, evolving from selling its insights into healthcare providers, to becoming one. By combining high-quality, human care with data science and augmented intelligence, the team at Ginger created an entirely new platform for the delivery of mental healthcare, on-demand. Today, Ginger reaches over 650,000 members around the world in 23 countries through its partnerships with employers and health plans.

Meet the Executive Leadership Team

Russell Glass
CEO
Russell Glass
CEO
Russ is CEO at Ginger, where he leads the company with his experience as a technology entrepreneur and a passion for digital mental health, strategy, and building great cultures. Prior to Ginger, Russ led products for the marketing solutions group at LinkedIn. He is the founder and former CEO and president of Bizo, a B2B marketing and data platform, which he sold to LinkedIn in 2014. While at Bizo, Russ co-authored The Big Data-Driven Business, a guide on how big data can lead to better decision making in business. He serves on the board of Rock the Vote, where he focuses on using his experience with technology, data science, and branding tactics to increase engagement and turnout among young voters. He is also the author of the children’s book Voting with a Porpoise. Russ has a BSE in Mechanical Engineering and Economics from Duke University.
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Karan Singh
Co-founder, Chief Operating Officer
Karan Singh
Co-founder, Chief Operating Officer
Karan is the co-founder and COO of Ginger, where he leads the company’s clinical operations and strategy. He has over 13 years of experience in the healthcare industry, consulting with bio-pharma clients, commercializing data analytics, and establishing research partnerships with academic medical centers. A leader in the digital health community, Karan is a frequent speaker about entrepreneurship, health innovation and new models of care. Karan has served as a scholar at the Aspen Institute, delivered keynotes at the Public Health Institute and the National Institute of Mental Health, and was recognized as a rising star in healthcare by LinkedIn's Next Wave. Karan has a BA and BS in Economics and Business Administration from UC Berkeley and an MBA from MIT Sloan, with a fellowship in entrepreneurship from the MIT Legatum Center for Development. Karan also attended the Harvard Medical School / MIT Health, Science & Technology program.
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Christine Evans
Chief Marketing Officer
Christine Evans
Chief Marketing Officer
Christine serves as the CMO of Ginger, where she leads the marketing, communications and strategic planning. Prior to Ginger, she spent four years at Fitbit leading marketing and communications for the health solutions division, and before that, she led enterprise marketing at Castlight Health. Christine spent the early part of her career in the fashion industry, bringing new products to market for such brands as Swiss Army, Macy’s and Ann Taylor. She is passionate about mentoring new working parents and women’s empowerment in the workplace. Christine has a BS from Cornell University and MBA from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
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Dana Udall, PhD
Chief Clinical Officer
Dana Udall, PhD
Chief Clinical Officer
As Chief Clinical Officer at Ginger, Dana oversees coaching, therapy and psychiatry to ensure clinical excellence in a multidisciplinary, collaborative model. She has spent the last two decades helping individuals and groups make positive and enduring changes in their lives. Dana worked in a wide range of settings before coming to Ginger, including residential treatment centers, intensive outpatient programs, university counseling centers, and private practice. At the cornerstone of Dana’s work is her belief in the power of relationships to help people heal and grow. She is a licensed Psychologist with a PhD from the University of Southern California and Pre- and Post-Doctoral training from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Desiree Pascual
Chief People Officer
Desiree Pascual
Chief People Officer
Désirée is Ginger’s Chief People Officer. Prior to Ginger, she was CPO at Carrot, where she built and led the company’s human resources function across the employee lifecycle. Prior to this, she led human resources functions at The Permanente Medical Group in San Francisco and BaroSense, a medical device company. Informed by human-centered design principles and data-driven inquiry, Désirée is committed to curating joyful and resilient workplace cultures where employees are empowered to do their best work. Born and raised in Europe, Désirée speaks three languages fluently, and she draws on her culturally diverse background to champion diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is trained in economics and legal studies, and holds a BA in Humanities and a master's degree in Clinical Psychology both from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.
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Peter Bridges
Chief Commercial Officer
Peter Bridges
Chief Commercial Officer
Peter serves as Chief Commercial Officer at Ginger, where he leads the sales, client success, channel, health plan and consultant relationship teams. Prior to joining Ginger, he served as a consultant to leadership teams at several of the world’s leading digital health, information technology, healthcare, and professional services firms to help them scale their businesses to meet growing demand. Peter’s previous clients ranged in size from pre-revenue startups to Fortune 10 companies. Peter has held senior executive roles and leadership positions with Hewitt Associates, Aon Corporation and Willis Towers Watson. He has a BA in Economics and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA in Finance from Pepperdine University.
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Meena Srinivasan
Chief Financial Officer
Meena Srinivasan
Chief Financial Officer
Meena brings over 25 years of financial, operational and business experience to her role as Chief Financial Office at Ginger. Before joining Ginger, Meena was the CFO of Essential Products, a privately-held company in the smartphone industry. Meena spent five years at Fitbit, where she supported the company’s growth from early stages through its IPO, having established its finance, accounting, treasury, tax & HR functions. Meena has also served in various finance and accounting roles at Stratify and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. A passionate advocate for neurodiversity in the workplace, Meena is a board advisor at Ultranauts, an engineering startup on a mission to prove that neurodiversity, including autism, is a competitive advantage in business. In addition, she serves as a spiritual care volunteer at Stanford Hospital. She is certified as a chartered accountant in India and a CPA in California. Meena has a BS in Accounting from Savitribai Phule Pune University and an MBA from East Carolina University.
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Alex Boisvert
Chief Technology Officer
Alex Boisvert
Chief Technology Officer
Alex is Chief Technology Officer at Ginger, where he drives engineering initiatives across the company. He has led world-class engineering teams and delivered ground-breaking products at companies such as LinkedIn, Bizo and Intalio. With more than 20 years of industry experience, Alex has held core engineering, engineering management, project leadership and product development positions. He has experience in infrastructure, application servers, databases and transaction processing, and web/distributed/cloud systems. Alex holds a MSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Sherbrooke and an MBA from Golden Gate University.
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Puneet Thapliyal
Chief Information Security Officer
Puneet Thapliyal
Chief Information Security Officer
Puneet is the Chief Information Security Officer at Ginger, where he leads overall strategy, direction of product and IT security, and member data privacy. He is a seasoned cyber security and networking executive with previous stints at Yahoo! and Oracle. Puneet is an active member and contributor to the OWASP, Cloud Standards Customer Council, and Cloud Security Alliance. He has extensive experience with cloud security and has helped build one of the first Firewall As A Service offerings. He holds multiple technology patents including in the areas of web app security and multicast protocol congestion control. Puneet has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from HBTI, Kanpur and an MS in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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Patrick Lytle
General Counsel
Patrick Lytle
General Counsel
Patrick leads the legal function at Ginger. He has 12 years of experience counseling businesses on commercial, product and compliance issues, along with risk management and corporate strategy. Prior to Ginger, Patrick served as primary counsel for Fitbit's enterprise sales division, helping it launch new services across the globe while growing to $100M in revenue. Earlier in his career, Patrick served as in-house attorney at Google and an associate at Parton Sell Rhoades. Patrick has a BA from Saint Mary's College and a JD from Golden Gate University School of Law.
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Meet the Board of Directors

Russell Glass
CEO
Russell Glass
CEO
Russ is CEO at Ginger, where he leads the company with his experience as a technology entrepreneur and a passion for digital mental health, strategy, and building great cultures. Prior to Ginger, Russ led products for the marketing solutions group at LinkedIn. He is the founder and former CEO and president of Bizo, a B2B marketing and data platform, which he sold to LinkedIn in 2014. While at Bizo, Russ co-authored The Big Data-Driven Business, a guide on how big data can lead to better decision making in business. He serves on the board of Rock the Vote, where he focuses on using his experience with technology, data science, and branding tactics to increase engagement and turnout among young voters. He is also the author of the children’s book Voting with a Porpoise. Russ has a BSE in Mechanical Engineering and Economics from Duke University.
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Molly Coye
Independent Board Member
Molly Coye
Independent Board Member
Molly Joel Coye, MD is the founder and former CEO of HealthTech, a non-profit organization that became the premier forecast of emerging technologies in healthcare. She’s also served as Chief Innovation Officer for UCLA Health, she is currently Executive in Residence at AVIA and served as a member of the board of directors of Aetna, Inc. During her medical education at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Dr. Coye became passionate about providing cost-effective strategies for underserved communities. She followed that inspiration to influence both public and private sectors, serving in key positions such as the Commissioner of Health for the State of New Jersey and Director of the California Department of Health Services, as well as holding leadership roles at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and PATH. As a member of the Institute of Medicine, Dr. Coye chaired the Committee on Access to Insurance for Children and was also a founding board member of The California Endowment, the largest private healthcare philanthropy in the state.
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Bruce Armstrong
Khosla Ventures
Bruce Armstrong
Khosla Ventures
Bruce is an operating partner at Khosla Ventures, where he focuses on big data and enterprise technology companies leveraging his more than 25 years of experience developing, marketing, selling and investing in data warehousing and analytic technology applications. Since joining KV, he’s been involved with a number of portfolio companies including Parstream, Datera, MemSQL, Realm, Mesosphere, Panzura, Big Switch Networks, Vectra Networks and Cylance.
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Sam Brasch
Kaiser Permanente Ventures
Sam Brasch
Kaiser Permanente Ventures
Sam Brasch joined Kaiser Permanente Ventures as senior managing director. He has returned to lead the corporate venture fund’s activities after serving as a venture partner at New Leaf Venture Partners and as a senior advisor to Health Catalyst. Sam’s health care industry experience spans more than two decades. During his tenure at Kaiser Permanente Ventures from 2011 to 2014, Sam led the group’s investments in iRhythm Technologies, Health Catalyst, and Nordic Consulting, and other companies. Earlier in his career, Sam was a vice president with Frazier Healthcare Partners, a Seattle-based venture capital firm, and a senior manager with Medtronic’s U.S. and European offices.
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Ryan Phillips
WP Global Partners
Ryan Phillips
WP Global Partners
Mr. Phillips joined WP Global Partners in 2009. He is actively involved in sourcing and investment diligence for private equity funds, secondaries, co-investments and portfolio management. Before joining WP Global Partners, Mr. Phillips was head of product management and due diligence for Alternative Investment Products at Envestnet Asset Management. There he developed and was responsible for Envestnet’s investment policy as well as the implementation of the firm’s investment management and alternative investment research. The strategies included hedge funds-of-funds, private equity fund-of-funds, and socially responsible investing. Mr. Phillips earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Colorado, and earned an M.B.A. at UCLA Anderson School of Management. He currently serves on the Legislative Board for the Illinois Venture Capital Association (IVCA).
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