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Nominating Board Member Profiles

Social Capitalists

Nominating Board Member Profiles

To ensure that our Social Capitalist evaluation process would include the best of the field, we convened a team of nominators to select the non-profits we invited to take part in the process. To ensure that we also reached outside our network to find the undiscovered rising stars in the field, we also opened the process to self-nominations, solicited through our Web site.

Audrey Alvarado
National Council of Nonprofit Associations

Audrey Alvarado was appointed executive director of the National Council of Nonprofit Associations (NCNA) in July 1999. She has previously served as the associate dean for student and external affairs at the University of Colorado at Denver Graduate School of Public Affairs where she oversaw the nonprofit management academic areas for both masters and doctoral students. Alvarado has held the positions executive director of the Latin American Research and Service Agency and program director of the Hispanic Office of Planning and Evaluation's Talent Search program. After she had been a founding board member and chair of the Colorado Association of Nonprofit Organizations (CANPO), Alvarado has served on various other boards such as the National Council of La Raza, the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute Center for the Study of Voluntary Organizations, and the Service Advisory Committee. She received her B.A. from the University of the Pacific and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Utah.

Beth Battle Anderson
Duke University Fuqua School of Business
Center for Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship

Beth Battle Anderson is a lecturer of social entrepreneurship and managing director at the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. Prior to her current duties at CASE, she served as a research associate and acting administrative director at the Stanford Business School's Center for Social Innovation and as a summer associate at McKinsey & Company. Additionally, at Stanford she helped develop and served as a teaching assistant for a Public Policy course, "Business Skills for the Social Sector." With Professor Greg Dees, she has co-authored papers and chapters on blurring sector boundaries, for-profit social enterprise, scaling social innovations, developing earned income strategies, and the process of social entrepreneurship. She has also supervised, researched, written and edited several cases on social entrepreneurship and philanthropy. She received her M.B.A. from Stanford after working for five years in the nonprofit sector and her B.A. magna cum laude in Classics from Williams College.

James Austin
Harvard Business School

James Austin is the Eliot I.Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School where he has been a faculty member since 1972. He was the co-founder and chair of the business school's Social Enterprise Initiative. Prof. Austin has provided advisory services to private companies, governments, international development agencies and non-profit organizations. He also served as special advisor to the White House. Prof. Austin has authored or edited 16 books, dozens of articles and numerous case studies on business and non-profit organizations. His most recent book is Social Partnering in Latin America, a collaborative research publication of the Social Enterprise Knowledge Network. His current research deals with social enterprises, with emphasis on the creation , management and governance of non-profit organizations, and on the role of business leaders and corporations in the social sector.

Jerr Boschee
Institute for Social Entrepreneurs

Jerr Boschee has spent the past 25 years as an adviser to social entrepreneurs in the United States and abroad. He 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. He is the chairman and CEO of Peace Corps Encore, a non-profit he co-founded in 2003. Peace Corps Encore sends former Peace Corps volunteers and staff members back overseas on short-term assignments that match their areas of professional expertise with specific social needs. Boschee also served as an adviser to England's Department of Trade and Industry from 2001 to 2004, and is currently teaching a series of master classes in England, Scotland and Ireland.

Beth Bubis
Social Enterprise Alliance

Beth Bubis has been president of Social Enterprise Alliance since April 2002. She has more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Bubis was the principal in the consulting firm, Giving Results, where she helped non-profits 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.

Michael Chertok
Origo Social Enterprise Partners

Michael Chertok is a partner at Origo Social Enterprise Partners, an organization that promotes the creation of good businesses that do well financially, socially and environmentally. Chertok's work focuses on strategy for foundations, multilateral and bilateral agencies that give funds to social enterprises. His work also focuses on building the capacity of social enterprises in emerging markets. He is the co-founder of Global Catalyst Foundation, a private foundation that helps people improve their lives through the effective application of information technologies. Chertok helped start Schools Online, a non-profit organization that has enabled students at more than 5,000 schools worldwide gain access to information technology for learning and cross-cultural dialog.

Kirsten Gagnaire
Social Enterprise Group

Gagnaire has a broad background in developing strategy and conducting business planning for non-profit, business and government clients. As principal and founder of Social Enterprise Group, LLC, Gagnaire has spent the past five years building a company that supports social entrepreneurs. By specializing in business planning assistance, strategy development and providing other technical assistance she helps clients achieve a more efficient and effective social enterprise. Gagnaire comes to the field of social enterprise with a background in balancing both profitability and social responsibility. She previously was an administrator of strategic planning at Casey Family Programs, consultant with KPMG Peat Marwick and a Peace Corps small business development volunteer. She is passionately committed to the building of the field of social enterprise and does this on the local, national and global levels by developing technical assistance tools for social entrepreneurs.

Rolfe Larson
Larson Associates

Rolfe Larson is the president of Larson Associates, a management consulting and training firm located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Larson Associates helps non-profits develop earned income strategies by preparing venture audits, market research, feasibility studies, business plans, and marketing plans. Larson is adjunct professor of marketing at University of St.Thomas' College of Business in Minneapolis. He also serves on the board of the Social Enterprise Alliance.

Jan Masaoka

Jan Masaoka is Executive Director of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, one of the nation's leading management consulting firms. She consults to nonprofit organizations in financial systems, program evaluation, and boards of directors. She authored All Hands On Board (published by the National Center for Nonprofit Boards) and she writes the Board Café, a national newsletter with more than 30,000 subscribers. In October of 2003, Wilder Publishing published a compilation of the Board Café, The Best of the Board Café. Her research work includes recent studies on women executive directors of color, executive director tenure, all-volunteer organizations, and nonprofit space and occupancy needs. For the last five years she has been named by NonProfit Times as one of the "50 Most Influential People" in the nonprofit sector nationwide. Masaoka's community activities include board chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center and serving on the board of the San Francisco Foundation Community Initiative Funds.

Gary Mulhair
Global Partnerships

Mulhair is the managing partner at Global Partnerships, a Seattle based non-profit organization that assists Central American microfinance programs. Mulhair directs Global's investments in its partner programs. He served as president and CEO of Wealth Ventures Inc, a D.C based firm that consults to non-profits and businesses that are interested in developing sustainable business like approaches to social issues. Mulhair has many years of experience in the human-services sector. He spent 14 years as president and CEO of Pioneer Human Services, developing growth strategies and implementing new programs. He is the co-founder of the First National Gathering for Social Entrepreneurship and is on the advisory council of the Social Enterprise Alliance. He has served on many local boards and advisory committees including the Governor's Task Force on Food Banks, and the South Seattle Community College.

Chris Novak
Clear Agenda

Chris Novak is a brand strategist and pioneer in integrated marketing at Clear Agenda, a consultancy of marketing communications professionals who are applying their experience in the corporate world to help non-profits increase their profile Novak helps organizations build relationships with people who matter. As a senior partner and client service director at Ogilvy, she built effective campaigns and brands for clients like ATT, Merck, and Johnson and Johnson. Novak helps clients thrive in the context of rapid change, increased competition and tight budgets. Her work has won numerous awards for creativity and effectiveness including the Echo, Winston, Caples, and Clio Awards. She holds an MBA in marketing from the Harvard Business School.

James A. Phills Jr.
Stanford University

Jim Phills is the associate professor of Organizational Behavior at the Stanford Business School, co-director of Stanford's Center for Social Innovation, faculty director of the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders, and associate editor of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. He is the author of a number of publications including Integrating Mission and Strategy for Nonprofit Organization, a book to be published by Oxford University Press in 2005. He received the Alumni Association Award for Excellence in teaching in 1995 while at the Yale School of Management. Phills has been a strategic planning consultant for various organizations such as American Electric Power and General Mills. He serves as a nonprofit board member for College Track, The Walker Home and School, and the Stanford Business School Alumni Consulting Team. He is a graduate of Harvard College, holds a Masters degree in Psychology and Social Relations from Harvard University, and received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Harvard Business School.

William Rosenzweig
Ideagarden Inc.

Rosenzweig is an accomplished entrepreneur, author and educator with expertise in the fields of social enterprise, strategic branding, and values-led organizational design. Currently, he is Director of Ideagarden Inc., an accelerator for sustainable business which provides educational, strategic and creative resources for growing ventures. At the Ideagarden, Rosenzweig works with CEOs and investors to develop innovative business strategies and to launch new ventures. He currently collaborates with for profit and non-profit client-partners including The Rockefeller Foundation, AMTodd Group, Great Spirit Ventures and The Center for Leadership Renewal. From 1998-2001, Mr. Rosenzweig served as partner and CEO of Hambrecht Vineyards & Wineries, a consortium of ultra-premium wine brands, based in Healdsburg, California, and Chairman of In 1997-98, he was one of three founders of Venture Strategy Partners, a $25 million venture capital investment fund which operates with a "Profits with Principles" core value.

Diane Solinger
Entrepreneurs Foundation

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.

Andrew M. Wolk
Boston University School of Management
InnerCity Entrepreneurs

Andrew M. Wolk is a senior lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is also the president and CEO of Root Cause, an action tank for the social sector; a consulting, education, and research firm specializing in developing and promoting entrepreneurial social sector leadership. Wolk serves as director of the InnerCity Entrepreneurs, which aims to create better ties among ethnic communities and the broader business world by promoting wealth generation, job creation, capacity and community building for existing inner-city small businesses and organizations. He is also a member of the faculty at Boston University's School of Management.

Kathryn Wylde
Partnership for New York City

Kathryn Wylde is President and CEO of the Partnership for New York City, an organization of New York's top business leaders. The organization is dedicated to mobilizing private resources to help deal with challenges facing the city in the areas of education, public policy and economic development. It manages a $100 million civic investment fund, of which Wylde is CEO. She is an internationally known expert in housing and community development and frequently advises foundations, government entities and non-profit organizations.

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