I’m the Co-Founder of 60 Decibels, a company that helps anyone, anywhere, listen to their customers to create more social impact. We want to reboot impact measurement to make it useful to entrepreneurs and the customers they serve, and to help investors and fund managers better allocate capital to companies that create transformative change.
From 2007 to 2019 I worked at Acumen, most recently as Chief Innovation Officer. My job was to create and grow new verticals, and in my time as CIO I helped create Lean Data (the predecessor to 60 Decibels) and +Acumen, the world’s school for social change, while also growing the Acumen Fellows Program. In my prior role as Acumen’s Director of Business Development, I led global capital raising, and executed a successful $100M capital raise.
I’ve also been blogging and speaking about philanthropy, generosity and social change since 2008. It all started with my Manifesto for Nonprofit CEOs, and my realization that if the nonprofit sector is ever going to realize its potential, we have to stop apologizing about the value of the work that we do.
In 2011, with a small group of friends, I created Generosity Day, a reboot of Valentine’s Day. The idea sprung from my generosity experiment and what I learned from it – see my TED talk for all the details.
Some of my recent speaking events and writing (last updated December 2016):
With Jonathan Greenblatt (Anti-Defamation League), Tina Seelig (Stanford GSB), and Xavier de Sousa Briggs (Ford Foundation)
Chivas, The Venture
Keynote Speech: Creating Large-Scale Social Impact
Social Impact Exchange
Co.Lab Fellows, UJA Federation of New York
Keynote Speech: Leadership for Social Change
Global Impact Investing Network Investors’ Council
Panel: Uncovering Customer Insights at Scale
With Sam Duncan, Leapfrog Investments
With Matt Bannick (Omidyar), Maya Chorengel (Elevar Equity), and David Bank (ImpactIQ)
The Power of Lean Data (link)
Feature article co-authored with Alnoor Ebrahim (HBS) and Tom Adams (Acumen)
Give Impact Investing Time and Space to Develop (link)
Board and Advisory Roles
- 2015 – present: Executive Committee, Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs
- 2014 – present: Case i3 Advisory Council
- 2014 G8 Social Investment Taskforce, International Development Working Group
- 2014 Amplify! Advisory Board member
- 2010 Jury, Buckminster Fuller Challenge