Marina’s work in social entrepreneurship dates back over 15 years. She is the co-founder and executive director of Ashoka U, which works with colleges and universities to embed social innovation as an educational focus and a strategic approach to aligning the university’s culture, programs and operations. To date, Ashoka U has worked with over 400 institutions globally and has been featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, HuffPost and The New York Times. Marina’s writing on institutional change and higher education innovation has been featured in the Diversity & Democracy Journal, as well as on Forbes.com and SSIR.org. Marina was named on the 2012 Forbes list of 30 under 30: Social Entrepreneurs, received the post-graduate Tom Ford Fellowship in Philanthropy from Stanford, and is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Northampton. Marina holds a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from Stanford University.
Saul Garlick (2018–2019)
Saul is the founder and CEO of Unleesh, a mobile training platform dedicated to closing the global skills gap. More than 50,000 individuals have benefited from Unleesh's unique approach to ensuring employees develop necessary skills on the job. Saul currently serves as senior adviser of More Than Me, a nonprofit that operates 18 schools through a public-private partnership with the government of Liberia and a private all-girls, tuition-free academy in central Monrovia, Liberia. In his previous role as president of More Than Me, Saul led the organization's expansion from one school, reaching 184 children daily, to 19 schools, which now serve more than 4,000 children daily.
Saul has spent his career focused on creating opportunities for populations that have traditionally been left out of the global economy. In 2011, he founded ThinkImpact, an award-winning global immersion experience for college and graduate students working on social innovation in Kenya, Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa and Panama.
Saul is a Truman Scholar and an international speaker specialist for the U.S. Department of State, and his work was endorsed by President Nelson Mandela. He was featured on Inc. magazine's list of 30 under 30 entrepreneurs, as well as in Entrepreneur, The Washington Post and HuffPost.
Sean Knierim (2017–2018)
Sean Knierim is the co-founder of SidePorch, a consulting group that partners with mission-aligned innovators across the spectrum to drive demonstrable, positive economic, social and environmental impact into core operations. SidePorch provides strategy, evaluation and partnership development support to organizations including GE Ventures, Red Bull and USAID, as well as startups, government and nonprofit groups. Sean is also the CEO and portfolio manager of Estabrook Investors, where he leads the development of a fund that focuses on early- and mid-stage opportunities in food, energy and water systems. Sean previously held executive positions at the Jeff Skoll Group and the MacArthur Foundation, developing and managing operations for global, multifaceted groups working to bring about positive change around the world. Sean earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature from UNC-Chapel Hill; a Master of International Development Policy from Duke; a master's in interdisciplinary education from Santa Clara University; and a bachelor's in English and Spanish from Santa Clara University.
Jessica Jackley (2016–2017)
Jessica Jackley is an entrepreneur, investor and social impact consultant. She is best known as the co-founder of Kiva, the world's first p2p microlending website, which has facilitated over $880 million in loans worldwide since its founding in October 2005. Jessica is an investor and adviser for the Collaborative Fund, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She currently teaches social entrepreneurship at the USC Marshall School of Business, has taught entrepreneurial design for social change at Drew University, and lectures around the world on financial inclusion, the sharing economy and social justice. Jessica recently served as Walt Disney Imagineering's first Entrepreneur in Residence, focusing on projects related to corporate citizenship, the sharing economy and happiness. Her first book, "Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least," was published in 2015. Jessica holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a bachelor's in philosophy and political science from Bucknell University, and honorary PhDs from Centenary College and Quinnipiac University.