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. 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.
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.
Josh LaBau joined SEA in December 2011. His job, as his title suggests, is to create more value for SEA's members at the individual, local, and sector level. Josh has been a social enterprise practitioner since his first job out of college, when he started a succesful online bookselling venture for Goodwill/Easter Seals of Minnesota in 2004. Following that, he took over the marketing efforts at Rebuild Resources, where he focused on using technology to automate the organization's lead-to-sale pipeline. He has a B.A. in English and History from the University of Minnesota.
Madeline Graham is responsible for facilitating engaged communications and ensuring strategic coherence between SEA's national office and the 16 SEA chapters. Along with the rest of the team, she also plans and executes SEA's annual Summits. Madeline currently also serves on the board of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network - Twin Cities chapter, a local network that provides and promotes opportunities for the professional development of young nonprofit professionals. Previously, she spent a year as an English teaching assistant in Austria through a partnership between Fulbright and the Austrian government. During college, Madeline studied abroad in both Germany and Botswana and interned at several nonprofits in the Twin Cities area. In her free time, Madeline enjoys reading, jogging, and speaking German. She is a graduate of Macalester College.
Colleen MacDonald takes the lead in ensuring that the office is running smoothly and efficiently. With a sharp analytical sense and the focus of an Olympic athlete, she will be ensuring that projects are on task and streamlined as well as creating ways to improve operations. 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 few months 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 studying for a Graduate Certificate in Advance International Affairs, running marathons and reading books on economic theory. She also loves photojournalism and frequently contributes to online publications.
Shahbaz Khan is a Junior at the University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is studying Strategic Communications with a focus in Advertising and has joined SEA in hopes to improve engagement and interaction via social media. With a creative mindset and plenty of experience, Shahbaz is excited to be on staff and also aims to enhance member connections with SEA. In his free time, Shahbaz yells at the TV while watching Minnesota sports and plays Basketball and Xbox.