Jim Ansara

Jim Ansara stands against a grey background smiling and wearing a black sweater.

Jim Ansara works on the front lines to build global health infrastructure where it’s needed most. Founder and former CEO of Shawmut Design and Construction–one of the top 25 construction companies in the US–Jim has pursued “boots-on-the-ground” philanthropy since his retirement in 2005, giving to and participating in programs that make tangible differences in the lives of underprivileged people. After the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Jim volunteered to oversee construction of a 350-bed national teaching hospital. At 240,000 square feet, Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais remains one of the only large construction projects successfully completed in Haiti since the earthquake. Today, Jim is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Build Health International (BHI), where he leads a multi-disciplinary team to bring resilient and sustainable healthcare infrastructure to some of the poorest and most marginalized communities in 20 countries across Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.