Entrepreneurs and investors are building more nuanced hybrid organizations that combine social impact with market mechanisms and returns. They want to do well financially and do good.
Dan Crisafulli is Managing Director of Potrero Impact Advisors, which provides tailored services to foundations, family offices and other entities that wish to deploy resources toward positive social and environmental outcomes. Crisafulli created Potrero Impact Advisors in October 2010, building on a long career as an early stage investor focused on emerging markets. Previously, he served as director of investments at the Skoll Foundation, which he joined in 2007. Crisafulli led Skoll's work in impact investing, including direct and fund investments, and he played a key role in creating partnerships to advance the field of social entrepreneurship. In 2000, Crisafulli cofounded the technology venture capital group at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), where he invested in technology companies with social impact. Crisafulli has also managed the Development Marketplace (DM), the World Bank's social entrepreneurship and innovation program, leading its expansion from a $3.5 million to a $10 million annual program. He serves as director of Root Capital, a social investment fund based in Cambridge, MA and has served in leadership roles in community organizations in San Francisco and Washington, DC.
Paula Goldman is the Director of Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm creating opportunity for people to improve their lives by investing in market-based efforts that catalyze economic, social, and political change. In her role, Goldman develops cross-sector partnerships, intellectual capital, and communication strategies to drive the firm's philanthropic goals. Previously, Goldman was the founder and director of Imagining Ourselves, an award-winning global project through San Francisco's International Museum of Women that encouraged young women to create positive change in their communities. Earlier, Goldman helped manage a variety of social enterprises, including reconstruction work in post-war Bosnia and developing rural education institutions in India. Goldman contributes thought pieces on social innovation to outlets such as Huffington Post and Financial Times, and has taught courses on social entrepreneurship and social movements as a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley. Goldman received a PhD from Harvard University and earned an MA in public affairs from Princeton University and a BA in political economy from the University of California, Berkeley.
As the Principal of Man on a Mission Consulting, Paul Lamb delivers over 20 years of experience as a nonprofit executive and entrepreneur, engaging everyone from gang members to CEOs. Lamb is an innovative, results-oriented leader with proven success in building organizations, businesses, and social ventures from the ground up. In addition to his years of experience in project management and strategic planning, Lamb is also an active public speaker and writes frequently on emerging technology, innovative nonprofits, and social enterprise.
David Levitt is a Principal at the law firm Adler & Colvin, which provides legal services and support to the nonprofit and philanthropic sector in the U.S. Levitt's practice focuses on the representation of nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, with an emphasis on program-related investments, political advocacy, and nonprofit corporate governance. Before joining Adler & Colvin, he practiced as a corporate attorney, focusing in the areas of corporate and transactional law. Levitt served as Secretary of the Exempt Organizations Committee of the American Bar Association Tax Section from 2003 to 2005. Currently he is Co-Chair of the Subcommittee on Intermediate Sanctions of the Exempt Organizations Committee and serves as Secretary and Vice Chair of the San Francisco Chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance. Levitt has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco, teaching a nonprofit legal issues course in the College of Professional Studies.
Maureen Sedonaen is Regional Vice President of Revolution Foods. Sedonaen has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit leadership and management sector. A nationally recognized authority and thought leader in the field of Strategic Leadership and Youth Development, her work has focused on the intersections between Social Change, Public Policy and Community in the areas of Health, Education, Civic Engagement and Leadership. Ms. Sedonaen founded the Youth Leadership Institute (YLI), incorporated in 1991, and currently serves as the organization's President and Chief Executive Officer. An accomplished keynote speaker, trainer, and strategic advisor, she has taught university and professional level courses in Youth Development, Prevention, Philanthropy and Public Policy, as well as published numerous articles and contributed to several books. She has received the State of California Governor's Award of Recognition for developing youth programs that truly empower young people and a Congressional Award of Innovation for her youth leadership and development work. In 2001, She received the National Exemplary Leadership Award from the Office of the President and in 2006 was given the California Friday Night Live Hero Award and has been recognized by several philanthropic foundations and service organizations. In 2008, Sedonaen was awarded the Non-Profit CEO of the Year from the Center for Volunteer and Non Profit Leadership. Currently she serves as a Board Member for the Social Enterprise Alliance-Bay Area Chapter and on the Board of The Center for Volunteer and Non-Profit Leadership. In March 2011, Sedonaen was inducted into the Marin Women's Hall of Fame. She is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management and holds an MBA in Strategic Leadership from Dominican University of California.