I have worked for the last 10+ years at Acumen, where we are changing the way the world tackles poverty. As Acumen’s Chief Innovation Officer, I oversee our work in impact measurement, leadership, and +Acumen, the world’s school for social change.
I’ve 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:
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