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.
Lauren Carpenter is the Director of Operations at SEA. Previously, Carpenter spent almost six years as the Director of Finance & Communication at Williamson, Inc., the chamber of commerce and economic development organization for Williamson County, Tennessee. Carpenter is also the co-founder of BRANDED Collective, a social enterprise that employs survivors of human trafficking to make hand-stamped metal jewelry. Carpenter is a graduate of the University of Kentucky where she earned a B.A. in Integrated Strategic Communication with an emphasis in Business and Public Relations.
Kila Englebrook is SEA's Director of Convening. Prior to joining SEA, Kila led the Ashoka Support Network in the United States, engaging world-class business leaders in changing the world by working directly with Ashoka and Fellows. In her tenure with Ashoka, Kila convened Ashoka’s US network through the production and management of the bi-annual Ashoka Future Forum. She helped shape and develop the Ashoka team across the US, as well as implement and refresh operational systems to improve outcomes. Prior to her role with the United States Program, Kila worked with Ashoka’s People Team, focused on talent recruitment, development and retention. Kila graduated from Boston University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in African Studies, with a triple concentration in Anthropology, History and Political Science.
Joe Tropeano is SEA's Operations and Community Coordinator. He graduated with a degree in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University, where he was involved in the McTyeire International House, spent a semester abroad in Chile, and conducted community psychology research in Italy. A Cornelius Vanderbilt scholar and Peabody scholar at Vanderbilt, Joe completed internships at the RFK Center in Washington DC and Conexion Americas in Nashville, an experience for which he won the Nashville Impact Award.