Mental Health Tech Non-Profit Project Healthy Minds® Taps Fintech Pioneer Jeff Yabuki for Board of Directors As It Expands World’s First Free Digital Mental Health Marketplace
New York, March 23, 2023 — Project Healthy Minds, a next-gen mental health tech non-profit, announced today that it has elected Jeff Yabuki, a long-time leader in the fintech industry, to its Board of Directors. Mr. Yabuki is the Chairman of Motive Partners, a specialist private equity firm focused on technology companies that enable the financial economy. Prior to that, he served as CEO of Fiserv (NASDAQ: FISV) from 2005 to 2020, a global payments and financial services technology company, enabling banking, commerce and the movement of money among financial institutions, businesses and consumers.
“I am so grateful that Jeff Yabuki, who has built and led some of the most successful financial technology companies in the world, has joined the Project Healthy Minds Board of Directors,” said Phillip Schermer, Founder & CEO of Project Healthy Minds. “Jeff has been a pioneer in every venture he’s been involved with – from redefining fintech to now helping to revolutionize the mental health world. As we scale the world’s first digital mental health marketplace and expand our efforts to get corporations to make innovative workplace investments in employee mental health, I couldn’t imagine a better leader – with the right mix of intellect, entrepreneurial spirit, and heart – to join the Project Healthy Minds Board of Directors than Jeff Yabuki.”
Mr. Yabuki brings decades of category-defining expertise in business and technology to help support Project Healthy Minds’ development of its free digital mental health marketplace – making it easier for people to discover and choose the right mental health support for them.
Mr. Yabuki also made a transformational $20 million gift to Children’s Wisconsin to confront the growing pediatric mental and behavioral health crisis. The gift spurred the creation of the first large-scale delivery model in which mental health is integrated at every touchpoint — from homes to schools to routine checkups – and the creation of a Mental Health Walk-in Clinic to serve children in crisis. The work was spotlighted on CBS’ “60 Minutes” as a groundbreaking new model for mental health care delivery in the United States.
“Project Healthy Minds has an unprecedented opportunity to redefine and democratize access to high-quality mental health services through digitally centric technology,” said Jeff Yabuki. “Meeting people where they are, in moments of need, can be transformational to abating the growing mental health crisis. It is an honor to be part of this innovative and mission-driven organization.”
The growing mental health crisis, which was already at epidemic levels pre-pandemic, is now a center stage issue. Mental health has replaced COVID as the top health concern among Americans, according to a recent IPSOS survey. Teen girls are experiencing record levels of sadness and suicide risk according to the CDC. Mental health is also costing businesses. Mental health costs the U.S. economy $47.6 billion annually in lost productivity, according to new research from Gallup.
Jeff Yabuki’s biography is below:
Jeff Yabuki is the Chairman of Motive Partners, a specialist private equity firm at the forefront of global fintech transformation, where he brings renowned leadership experience and a track record of unlocking the best in companies — and people — to drive exceptional investor returns.
Jeff was CEO of Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ: FISV) from 2005-2020, nearly tripling revenue and delivering an unprecedented shareholder return of 969%, by evolving the organization from a traditional holding company into a unified, global leader in financial services and innovative payments technology. Under his leadership, Fiserv was routinely named among the World’s Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® and the brand became a household name with the naming-rights of Fiserv Forum, the home of the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks. Jeff was also named Chairman of the Board in 2019 and served in that additional role until his departure at the end of 2020.
Jeff’s ability to align strategic vision and operational excellence is sought after around the world, serving as a member of the board for the Royal Bank of Canada (NYSE: RY) and Sentinel One (NYSE: S), and as Chairman of Sportradar (NASDAQ: SRAD). He also Chairs the Milwaukee Art Museum Board of Trustees and is on the board of LACMA.
About Project Healthy Minds
Project Healthy Minds is a next generation mental health tech non-profit startup. Project Healthy Minds is democratizing access to mental health services by building the world’s first digital mental health marketplace, destigmatizing mental health by partnering with culture-makers, and improving access and affordability by advocating for innovative workplace investments in employee mental health. The non-profit is focused on closing the treatment gap in America by attacking these primary barriers to care: stigma, discoverability, and affordability. Project Healthy Minds’ programmatic initiatives serve more than 200,000 people annually.
To learn more, please visit: www.projecthealthyminds.com