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Social Capitalists: Advisory Board

Social Capitalists

Beth Battle Anderson

Beth Battle Anderson is lecturer and managing director at the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. At CASE, her teaching and research interests include social entrepreneurship, nonprofit strategy, and philanthropy. With Professor Gregory Dees, an adjunct professor of social entrepreneurship and nonprofit management at Fuqua, Anderson has co-authored papers on issues such as blurring sector boundaries, for-profit social enterprise, scaling social innovations, developing earned-income strategies, and the process of social entrepreneurship.

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David Bornstein


David Bornstein is a journalist who specializes in writing about social innovation.

He is the author of How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, which will be published by Oxford University Press in February 2004, and The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank, which was a finalist for the New York Public Library Book Award for Excellence in Journalism.

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Jerr Boschee


Jerr Boschee has spent the past 20 years as an adviser to social entrepreneurs in the United States and abroad and has long been recognized as one of the founders of the social-enterprise movement worldwide. Boschee is currently executive director of the Institute for Social Entrepreneurs, which he created in 1999, and is the founder of the Executive Academy for Social Entrepreneurs, a consortium of four universities and six national associations that offers weeklong residential training programs for nonprofit CEOs.

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Xavier de Souza Briggs


Xavier de Souza Briggs is an associate professor of public policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he teaches urban policy and planning, community building, negotiation, and strategic management. He has done research on young people, cities, segregation, and opportunity, and has been a community planner in the South Bronx of New York and other inner cities.

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Beth Bubis


Beth Bubis has been president of Social Enterprise Alliance since April 2002. She has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Bubis was the principal in the consulting firm Giving Results, where she helped nonprofits work through organizational-development and capacity-building issues. Prior to working as a consultant, Bubis was the vice president of community affairs for Bank One in Columbus, Ohio.

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Kristen Ace Burns

Kristen Ace Burns is the managing director of the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF), a philanthropic venture of the Roberts Foundation. REDF, launched in 1997, employs a venture-capital approach to funding a portfolio of nonprofit-run social-purpose enterprises in the San Francisco Bay Area that are moving individuals out of poverty and providing employment opportunities for low-income and homeless individuals. As managing director of REDF, Burns oversees all of REDF's operations and provides direct business assistance to the REDF Portfolio members.

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Michael Chertok


Michael Chertok is the principal of Social Change Consulting. In that role, he assists foundations and donors in designing effective programs and providing capacity-building support to their grantees. Chertok was the cofounder and former managing director of Global Catalyst Foundation, a private foundation that funded grassroots international-development work. Prior to that, he helped start Schools Online, the nonprofit organization that brings Internet access and training to more than 5,000 schools around the world.

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Bill Drayton

Bill Drayton is the president and CEO of Ashoka, an organization whose mission is to support social entrepreneurs who are committed to education, environment, development, human-rights, and health-care issues. He is also on the boards of Get America Working! and Youth Venture, an organization that facilitates the activities of students seeking to bring change to their schools or communities. Drayton was assistant administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the Carter administration and later founded Save EPA. He earned a MacArthur Fellowship , or genius" grant, in 1984.

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Bill Edwards


Bill Edwards has served as executive director of the Association for Enterprise Opportunity, a national association of organizations committed to microenterprise development, since 1999. From 1994 until 1998, Edwards worked for the United States Peace Corps. At the Peace Corps, he was associate director for economic development in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Later, he worked Peace Corps, where he concentrated on economic development project management for the Eastern Europe/Russia and Asia region.

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Sara Ellis


Sara Ellis is the founder of Young Women Social Entrepreneurs, a not-for-profit organization with over 250 members whose mission is to cultivate young women social entrepreneurs in the creation and maintenance of sustainable, women-led ventures -- and to promote young women's leadership by providing training, access to resources, and networking opportunities.

Previously, Ellis served as development director for the Rudolf Steiner Foundation, where she was responsible for a $20 million investment funds campaign.

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Rolfe Larson


Rolfe Larson is the president of RL Associates, a management consulting firm located in St. Paul, Minnesota, that provides social enterprises with venture audits, feasibility studies, business plans, and marketing plans. He is an adjunct professor of marketing at the College of Business, University of St. Thomas, in Minneapolis.

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Thomas K. Reis

Tom K. Reis is the venture philanthropy director at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to apply knowledge to solve the problems of people. At the Kellogg Foundation, he explores new opportunities to partner with successful entrepreneurs interested in philanthropy and social development. Previously, Reis was director of social marketing.

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Edward Skloot

Edward Skloot is the executive director of the Surdna Foundation, a $650 million family foundation that makes grants in five areas: the environment, community revitalization, creating an effective citizenry, the arts, and the nonprofit sector. He is a member of the board of directors for the Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports, and The Natural Step, an environmental organization whose mission is to accelerate global sustainability by guiding companies and governments toward an ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable path.

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Diane Solinger


Diane Solinger is the executive director of Entrepreneurs Foundation. Since joining Entrepreneurs Foundation in 1999, she has held the positions of director, corporate community involvement and director of corporate participation. Prior to joining Entrepreneurs Foundation, Solinger served as executive director of the American Heart Association, Silicon Valley.

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Andrew M. Wolk


Andrew M. Wolk is a faculty member at Boston University's Graduate School of Management, where he developed a course on social entrepreneurship. He currently teaches at MIT and Boston University. Wolk is the Director of InnerCity Entrepreneurs at the Entrepreneurial Management Institute and the president and CEO of Root Cause Institute, an action tank for the social sector.

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Kathryn Wylde


Kathryn Wylde is the president and CEO of the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce. She is president and CEO of the New York City Investment Fund, the Partnership's economic development arm founded and chaired by Henry R. Kravis. Wylde is an internationally known consultant in housing and economic development and has worked with foundations, cities, and nonprofit organizations.

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