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51. Joy Anderson

Criterion Ventures

51. Joy Anderson

"Gender, fish, and church," Joy Anderson says with a grin when asked what she's working on. Reducing sex trafficking in Texas, building a sustainable fishery in Indonesia, and creating a charter school in South Los Angeles are among the projects her incubator, Criterion Ventures, is nurturing with its clients, mostly foundations, churches, and other large not-forprofits. As a founder of the investment firm Good Capital, she also helped raise $6 million in funds for scalable social enterprises. The common thread: to translate visions of a better world into reality.


I'm a former high school teacher with a Ph.D in 19th century history. I sit at tables that talk about where billions should move, because I figured out how to shift imaginations.