Jim Schorr is President and CEO of Social Enterprise Alliance. Previously, Schorr was Executive Director of Juma Ventures, one of the U.S.’s most successful and admired social enterprises, and taught coursework on social enterprise as an Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt University and as a Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. As an MBA student at Northwestern University in 1993, Schorr helped launch Net Impact, and subsequently served as a board member and chair during Net Impact’s growth and global expansion in the 2000s. He currently serves on the steering committee of the Social Enterprise World Forum, and as Chair Emeritus at Net Impact and Social Enterprise Alliance, where he was a board member for 7 years before his appointment as CEO.
Kevin Lynch began serving Social Enterprise Alliance as President & CEO in June of 2011 after serving four years on SEA's Board of Directors including as Treasurer and Vice Chair. Now, as CEO Emeritus, Lynch is working to ensure a smooth transition to SEA's new CEO, Jim Schorr. Lynch has been working in the social enterprise world, first and foremost as a practitioner, and also as an author, speaker and field leader, for the past two decades.
From 2003 until his appointment at SEA, Lynch was President of Rebuild Resources, Inc. (www.rebuildresources.com), a non-profit social purpose business in St. Paul, Minnesota that helps chronic addicts and alcoholics find a path to sobriety through a program of spiritual recovery and work. Rebuild's business operations, include a custom apparel and promotional items business (www.rebuildstore.com), 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.
After starting and selling a direct mail business in college, Lynch spent 21 years in the advertising industry, the last 14 as founder and principal of Lynch Jarvis Jones, a social enterprise ad agency whose mission was to create positive social change through the power of advertising and marketing.
Lynch is the primary co-author of Mission, Inc., The Practitioner's Guide To Social Enterprise, a highly regarded, practical book that focuses on the day-to-day challenges and opportunities faced by social enterprise practitioners. He has keynoted across the United States and on three continents and blogs for the Huffington Post. He's a neophyte tweeter, @missioninclynch.
Lynch has served on several national and local boards, including Social Venture Network, Headwaters Foundation for Justice, Rebuild Resources, Inc., the Great Northern Union Chorus, Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir, and (as the co-founder) Responsible Minnesota Business.
Colleen MacDonald takes the lead in ensuring that the office is running smoothly and efficiently and that projects are on task and streamlined. Colleen got her first taste of community development as Peace Corps Volunteer in Azerbaijan (07-10). She then worked with various human rights and research organizations in Baku and Russia. Her most recent experience was teaching at a university in China whilst conducting research for her masters’ thesis. Having been back in Minnesota for just a year after six years abroad, she has actively sought out ways to engage with social enterprises and is enthusiastic about advocacy and cross sector dialogue. In her free time, Colleen is a Virtual Foreign Service eIntern with the State Department and Programming Committee Member of YNPN-TC. She is a passionate runner training for her first ultra marathon and dedicated rock climber.