Board of Directors

The Social Enterprise Alliance is governed by a Board of Directors that comprises leading professionals from the fields of Social Enterprise, Academia, Law, and Human Resource Management.

Jim Schorr Ted Levinson
Michele Fugiel Gartner Bill Strathmann
Cecily Jackson-Zapata Kevin Lynch
Carla Javits Board Emeriti
   

Chair

Jim Schorr

Jim Schorr teaches Social Enterprise at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where he is Senior Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship, and at Vanderbilt University, where he is Adjunct Professor of Management.  Prior to his teaching career, Jim was CEO of Juma Ventures, one of the most successful and admired nonprofit social enterprises in the US.  During his MBA years at Northwestern University in 1993, he helped launch Net Impact, which has since become the leading student movement focused on leveraging the power of business to foster social and environmental sustainability in the world. In addition to SEA, Jim has served on the boards of Global Social Venture Competition, Juma Ventures, The Nature Conservancy, and he is Chair Emeritus at Net Impact.

Members of the Board

Michele Fugiel Gartner is currently the Director of Strategic Investments & Operations at the Trico Charitable Foundation where she oversees the foundation’s social entrepreneurship initiatives. Her focus on social enterprise has included participation as the Program Manager for Enterprising Non-Profits, as a writer for Social Finance.ca and as a member of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada. Her prior philanthropic experience was with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Social Venture Partners Calgary and as a participant in Rotary International’s Group Study Exchange where she studied  Japanese civil society. She received her M.A. degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, UK and is an alumna of the East-West Center in Honolulu, HI.

 

Cecily Jackson-Zapata is an attorney working with nonprofit organizations, social enterprises, hybrid entities, green businesses, and small businesses in California and Washington, DC. After spending four years in the Tax Departments at Miller & Chevalier in Washington, DC and Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles, Cecily joined Public Counsel’s Community Development Project, where she served as Senior Staff Attorney from 2001 to 2007. From 2007 to 2010 Cecily was the Program Director for CARAT, where she gained expertise in nonprofit capacity building and small business development, including expertise in deploying broadband and Internet technologies in  nonprofit organizations and small businesses. In 2010 Cecily established her independent law practice and in April 2012 she formed Sustainable Law Group, P.C. with Becki Ueno. Cecily is a director of Social Enterprise Alliance, member of Union Bank’s Community Advisory Board, Vice Chair for The State Bar of California Taxation Section – Tax-Exempt Organizations Committee, Vice Chair of the Social Enterprise Alliance Los Angeles Chapter, and director of Phase One Foundation. Cecily received her B.A. in  Political Science and Women’s Studies cum laude from the University of Southern California in 1994 and her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1997.

 

Carla Javits is the President of REDF, which provides equity-like investments and business assistance to create and grow "double bottom line" enterprises operated by non-profits that create jobs in order to employ people who face high barriers while earning income that makes the businesses sustainable. Prior to joining REDF, Carla directed the California expansion of the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) and became CEO of CSH, with offices in 10 states. She holds a Masters of Public Policy and a BA (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of California, Berkeley and an AA in Hotel and Restaurant Management from San Francisco City College, and serves on the Boards of Directors of The Melville Charitable Trust, and Northern California Grantmakers, and as an Advisor to the Board of NISH.

 

Ted Levinson is the Director of Lending at RSF Social Finance, where he leads the organization’s $75M Social Investment Fund that is the core of the social enterprise lending program. This diversified, direct loan fund provides senior, secured debt to leading non-profits and businesses with a social mission, while offering a broad range of impact investors the opportunity to realize both a social and financial return. Ted also created RSF’s Graduate Fellowship, a one year program that trains graduate students in the principles of social finance. Ted regularly guest lectures at universities to encourage young people to pursue rewarding careers in social finance. Prior to joining RSF, Ted worked as the first Business Manager for a startup school and startup bamboo company in Indonesia. He spent the previous decade in small business finance providing working capital and equipment loans to growing companies in California. Ted has been selected as a 2014 Eisenhower Fellow. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Tufts University where he was an NEH Younger Scholar and recipient of the Paul Montle Prize for Entrepreneurship. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Jane Leu, an Ashoka Fellow.

 

Bill Strathmann is the CEO of Network for Good. He is a social entrepreneur, who throughout his career has traversed sectors, bringing good business practices to corporations and nonprofits alike. Bill came to Network for Good from BearingPoint, where he provided strategic planning and merger integration consulting to corporations and nonprofit organizations across the nation. With Andersen Business Consulting, he developed and led a consulting practice serving large nonprofits. Bill is a co-author featured in the book, People to People Fundraising - Social Networking and Web 2.0 for Charities. In addition to SEA’s board, Bill also serves on the board of Our Good Works. Bill has been awarded the title Chair Emeritus by the board of SEA.

 

Ex-Officio

Kevin Lynch began his tenure as CEO of SEA in June 2011.  Prior to this, Kevin served on SEA's Board of Directors as Vice Chair and served as president of Rebuild Resources, a $2.2 million social enterprise in St. Paul that helps recovering, re-entering people find a path to sobriety through 12-Step recovery and work. Rebuild’s businesses include a custom apparel and promotional items business, and a contract manufacturer. These businesses provide the recovery environment for Rebuild’s student-employees, and serve as the economic engines which fuel the enterprise. Before joining Rebuild in 2003, Lynch founded Lynch Jarvis Jones, a social enterprise ad agency. He is a board member of the Social Enterprise Alliance, and has served on several other national and local boards including Social Venture Network, Headwaters Foundation for Justice, Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir, and (as the co-founder) Responsible Minnesota Business.
 

Chairs Emeriti

Chuck Lief, President, Naropa University
Charles King, President and CEO, HousingWorks
Jim Fruchterman, President and CEO, Benetech
Bill Strathmann, CEO, Network for Good

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