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Social Capitalists

Our Nominating Board

More than 280 non-profit organizations were nominated to participate in the 2006 Social Capitalist Awards. For many of those nominations, Fast Company and Monitor Group relied on an independent board of experts from social entrepreneurship, philanthropy, academia, and elsewhere:

Beth Battle Anderson
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.

Jerr Boschee
Boschee has spent the past 25 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. He is currently executive director of the Institute for Social Entrepreneurs, which he created in 1999, and is Chairman and CEO of Peace Corps Encore!, a nonprofit he co-founded in 2003 that sends former Peace Corps Volunteers and staff members back into service much later in their lives on short-term assignments (typically three weeks to three months) that match their professional expertise with specific social needs.

Michael Chertok
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.

Bill Edwards
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.

Kirsten Gagnaire
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.

Jan Masaoka
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.

Chris Novak
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.
Phills is 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.

Diane Solinger
Solinger is the executive director of Entrepreneurs Foundation. Since joining Entrepreneurs Foundation in 1999, she has held the positions of executive 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 Wolk
Wolk is president and CEO of Root Cause, a nonprofit consulting and research firm that is dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship, innovation, and accountability in the social sector to maximize social and economic impact. The goal is to further the development of initiatives (private, public, non-profit) that are integrating practice, applied research, and public policy to address society's most pressing social issues in the most efficient, effective, and sustainable manner. Wolk is also a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management.