This week marks the end of a presidency that began with racism and ended with insurgency: a shameful, violent, and despairing time in our history. Four hundred thousand lives have been lost due to COVID-19 — a direct result of failures of leadership, willful mistrust of science, and politicizing basics…


In 2015, after having worked together for almost two years on HealthCare.gov, Nava incorporated as a public benefit corporation. This is a relatively new designation, and we often get asked what it is and what it means to us. We’ve never answered this publicly until now, but here’s a start.

What is a corporation?

To describe what a public benefit corporation is, it’s important to be clear on what corporations are. A corporation is a for-profit entity whose leaders have a responsibility to corporate interests, mainly maximizing shareholder value. Corporations that break this responsibility can be sued for a breach of fiduciary duty. In…


There have been many perspectives and arguments shared over the last week over a memo written by a software engineer at Google.

We recognize that some people have argued, in good faith, that there are valid points within the memo that merit discussion. We take the author at his word…


One of our values is to think long-term — this means thinking past the daily news cycle and focusing on the needs of the people we ultimately serve. …


The past year was a rollercoaster at Nava, and as we return from our winter break, we wanted to take a quick look back at all that’s happened. 2016 was a year of growth. We’ve grown from borrowed desks to bicoastal offices, from a team of ten to almost thirty…


We’re still processing the results of the Presidential election, which has sparked both protests and celebrations across the nation and deepened divisions in an already polarized America. …


A VIEW OF DENALI FROM A PLANE

There is a horrifying term in aviation, called the death spiral, or the graveyard spiral, where a pilot believing that they are flying steady with the wings level is actually caught in a downward spiral, sometimes ending tragically with impact on the ground.

William Langewiesche wrote about this in an…

Sha Hwang

Cofounder at Nava, a public benefit corporation working to radically reimagine government services.

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