The Global Philanthropy Forum presents Instruments for Social Change: Policy, Philanthropy, Private Enterprise & Social Entrepreneurship with Lael Brainard (Moderator) and panelists Peter Akerman, Bill Drayton, Alan DetheriPatricof and Timothy E. Wirth.
Peter Ackerman is Chairman of the Board of Freedom House. He is the Managing Director of Rockport Capital Incorporated, a private investment firm. Since its inception in 1990, Rockport has made numerous direct investments in fields as diverse as movie libraries, publishing, propane distribution, textiles, variable insurance, and SMS integration, to name only a few. From 1978 to 1990 he was Director of International Capital Markets at Drexel Burnham Lambert, where he structured, financed, and invested in hundreds of recapitalizations.
Bill Drayton is Founder and CEO of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public Founder and Chair of Youth Venture, Community Greens and Get America Working.
He is a social entrepreneur. As a student, he was active in civil rights and founded a number of organizations ranging from Yale Legislative Services to Harvard's Ashoka Table, an interdisciplinary weekly forum in the social sciences. He graduated from Harvard with the highest honors and went on to study at Balliol College at Oxford University, where he attained his M.A. with First Class Honors.
Alan Patricof, a venture capital pioneer, founded Greycroft, LLC in 2006. Greycroft is a venture capital firm, with offices in New York and Los Angeles, focused on the digital media sector. The firm has two funds, Greycroft I, with committed capital of $75 million, and Greycroft II, which was initiated in 2010 with committed capital of $130 million. Prior to founding Greycroft, Mr. Patricof was the founder and chairman of Apax Partners, Inc. (formerly Patricof & Co. Ventures, Inc.), the U.S. arm of Apax Partners, Worldwide, LP, now one of the world’s leading private equity firms with $41 billion under management or advice.
During the past 40-plus years, Mr. Patricof has participated in the financing and development of a large number of public and private companies. Companies that he has been involved with at the initial stages are Apple Computer, America Online, Cadence Systems, Office Depot, FORE Systems, Cellular Communications, Inc., IntraLinks, Audible, Inc. and The Huffington Post.
Mr. Patricof is active in the New York and Washington communities as a board member of TechnoServe, Trickle Up Program, Global Advisory Board of Endeavor, Applied Sciences NYC Advisory Board, and the Initiative for Global Development (IGD) Leadership Council. In 2007, he was appointed to the board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation by the President of the United States; he is currently serving his second term. From 1993 to 1995, he served as Chairman of the White House Conference on Small Business Commission.
Mr. Patricof holds a BS in Finance from Ohio State University and an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He is married to his wife Susan for over 40 years and he has three sons, Mark, Jonathan, James, as well as seven grandchildren, Lily, Nina, Jack, Chloe, Lila, Riley and Sawyer.
Timothy E. Wirth
Timothy E. Wirth is the president of the United Nations Foundation and Better World Fund. These organizations were founded in 1998 through a major financial commitment from R.E. Turner to support and strengthen the work of the United Nations.
Mr. Wirth began his political career as a White House fellow under President Lyndon Johnson and was deputy assistant secretary for Education in the Nixon Administration. In 1970, he returned to his home state and successfully ran for the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Colorado's 2nd Congressional District from 1975-1987. In 1986, Wirth was elected to the U.S. Senate.
Following those two decades of elected politics, Mr. Wirth served in the U.S. Department of State as the first undersecretary for Global Affairs from 1993 to 1997.