The Social Enterprise Alliance is the champion and key catalyst for the development of the social enterprise sector in the United States. We empower social enterprises with the tools and resources they need to succeed, and work to foster a social enterprise ecosystem in which they can thrive.

Meet The SEA Staff

Based in Nashville, Tennessee, the Social Enterprise Alliance team supports its members, chapters and the national social enterprise movement by convening the field, providing necessary social entrepreneurship tools and resources and raising awareness around the country. Our vision is for social enterprise to reach its potential as a force for more effective and sustainable social impact.

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    Kila Englebrook

    President and CEO
    Kila Englebrook

    is Social Enterprise Alliance's President and CEO, where she previously served as the Managing Director. Prior to joining Social Enterprise Alliance, 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 U.S. network through the production and management of the bi-annual Ashoka Future Forum. She helped shape and develop the Ashoka team across the U.S., 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.

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    Caroline Bernardi

    Community Coordinator
    Caroline Bernardi

    is Social Enterprise Alliance's Community Coordinator. Prior to working for the Alliance, she spent two years working as an IT Advisory professional for Ernst & Young.  Caroline graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2014 with a Bachelors of Business Administration in IT Management.  At Notre Dame, Caroline volunteered as a marketing coordinator to enhance awareness and gain support for the Haitian relief program Engineering 2 Empower. Her time with this organization sparked her interest for Social Entrepreneurship. She is also a part-time yoga instructor and in her spare time can be found playing sand volleyball, enjoying the outdoors or listening to sports podcasts.

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    Mikaela Clark

    Communications Coordinator
    Mikaela Clark

    is Social Enterprise Alliance's Communications Coordinator. Before coming to SEA she interned and volunteered with several social enterprises in Nashville and has a passion for telling the stories of socially minded organizations. She graduated from Belmont University in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations. In her time at Belmont she was heavily involved in student leadership and mentorship programs like the Orientation Council, music programs like the Beltones at Belmont and continues to volunteer on the communications team for Nashville Fashion Week.

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    Elisa Morales

    Strategic Partnerships Manager
    Elisa Morales

    is Social Enterprise Alliance's Strategic Partnerships Manager. Prior to joining the team at SEA, Elisa worked for a variety of different nonprofit organizations in varying capacities, primarily in program management. She also has experience working as a manager in the corporate sector and as an independent consultant for social impact companies. Over the years, she has immersed herself in learning the ins and outs of development work in order to better understand the root causes of global suffering, while also exploring the role business can play in eliminating social injustice. She completed her MBA in Nonprofit Management and MA in Sustainable International Development from The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in Boston. Now she spends her days working to improve and advance cross-sector collaboration between the nonprofit and private sectors.

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    Hannah Pechan

    Director of Nashville SEA
    Hannah Pechan

    Hannah Pechan is the Director of the Nashville Social Enterprise Alliance. Her journey to this position began while conducting research in Rwanda for her undergraduate thesis. Through her research, Pechan saw firsthand the power of business in addressing social problems. Upon graduating from Ohio State University, Pechan moved to Northern Thailand to serve as Program Director for The Garden of Hope where she oversaw programs that trained former trafficking victims in culinary arts and entrepreneurship. She later returned to the US where she earned her MBA at Colorado State University and began consulting for nonprofits that were seeking to increase their financial sustainability. Pechan is continually inspired by her role as the chapter looks to deepen its impact throughout the city by supporting Nashville’s many social enterprises

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    Daina Storey

    Community Outreach Coordinator
    Daina Storey

    is Social Enterprise Alliance’s Community Outreach Coordinator. Daina’s career spans across the nonprofit, music and real estate industries. Prior to joining Social Enterprise Alliance, Daina worked as the Event Manager, Short-Term Trip Coordinator and In House Media for Passion Partners, growing the organization's national reach. Daina also worked for World Vision for 5 years as a tour representative, traveling the U.S. working with artists to promote their child sponsorship and disaster relief programs. Daina previously lived in East Africa where she first experienced the positive impact of social enterprise. Daina graduated from Belmont University with a BS in Broadcast Communications and will graduate in May of 2017 with an MA in International Community Development from Northwest University. In her spare time, Daina enjoys volunteering, traveling with her Chihuahua, Maximus, and husband and playing music as a weekend DJ at Lightning 100.

Meet The SEA Board

Social Enterprise Alliance’s Board of Directors is composed of experts in the areas of social enterprise, impact investing and social entrepreneurship. As varied as the field itself, their combined experience supports Social Enterprise Alliance as it builds the field and guides the organization’s overall direction.

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    Tamra Ryan

    Chair
    Tamra Ryan

    is the CEO of Women's Bean Project, a nationally-recognized social enterprise based in Denver, CO that provides transitional employment, while operating manufacturing businesses, to women attempting to break the cycle of chronic unemployment and poverty. Women’s Bean Project products can be found in nearly 1,000 stores across the country and online through some of the country’s largest retailers. Ms. Ryan is a former board member of Social Venture Partners-Denver, currently chairs the Board of Directors for the Social Enterprise Alliance and was recently named one of the 2017 Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Colorado. Ms. Ryan was a speaker at TEDxMilehigh and is the author of The Third Law, a book which highlights the societal obstacles and internal demons that must be overcome for marginalized women to change their lives. The Third Law has won multiple awards for women/minorities in business and social activism.

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    Ted Levinson

    Treasurer
    Ted Levinson

    is the founder and CEO of Beneficial Returns, an impact investing debt fund supporting social enterprises that operate in emerging markets. Ted is the former Senior Director of Lending at RSF Social Finance where he managed an $85M impact investing portfolio of loans to US and Canada-based social enterprises. During his seven years at RSF, Ted managed a team of professionals handling all aspects of RSF’s Social Investment Fund including business development, underwriting, legal and documentation plus loan servicing. Prior to RSF, Ted spent ten years in equipment leasing for small businesses. He was also the first Business Manager of Green School in Bali, Indonesia. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Jane Leu, an Ashoka fellow.

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    Cecily Jackson-Zapata

    Secretary
    Cecily Jackson-Zapata

    is an attorney working with nonprofit organizations, social enterprises, hybrid entities, green businesses, and small businesses in California and Washington, DC. After spending four years in the Tax Departments at Miller & Chevalier in Washington, DC and Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles, Cecily joined Public Counsel’s Community Development Project, where she served as Senior Staff Attorney from 2001 to 2007. From 2007 to 2010, Cecily was the Program Director for CARAT, where she gained expertise in nonprofit capacity building and small business development, including expertise in deploying broadband and Internet technologies in nonprofit organizations and small businesses. In 2010, Cecily established her independent law practice, and in April 2012 she formed Sustainable Law Group, P.C. with Becki Ueno. Cecily is a director of Social Enterprise Alliance, member of Union Bank’s Community Advisory Board, Vice Chair for The State Bar of California Taxation Section – Tax-Exempt Organizations Committee, Vice Chair of the Social Enterprise Alliance Los Angeles Chapter, and director of Phase One Foundation. Cecily received her B.A. in Political Science and Women’s Studies cum laude from the University of Southern California in 1994 and her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1997.

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    Dannielle Campos

    Member
    Dannielle Campos

    is the Senior Vice President & National Philanthropy Director at Bank of America. Dannielle serves as the lead for enterprise programs and strategies and manages the delivery of the national philanthropic program for the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. She is also responsible for the delivery of the basic human needs philanthropic platform, for implementing programs that create impact in local neighborhoods and for managing strategic relationships with global philanthropic partners. Prior to her current assignment, Dannielle served as the program officer and California manager for the foundation and served as the market development manager for Greater Los Angeles.

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    Vivienne Lee

    Member
    Vivienne Lee

    is REDF's Principal Consultant, Strategic Partnerships, and brings deep expertise with over 18 years of experience working in both the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Having built a strong foundation in strategy development, program and initiative design and development and organizational coaching, Vivienne is well versed in assessing challenges, identifying solutions and providing implementation frameworks in which to execute with impact. Most recently, Vivienne led REDF’s expansion strategy, building partnerships and creating pilot programs that serve as models as REDF scales a social enterprise ecosystem nation-wide. Working at the intersection of social impact and business value, Vivienne believes her experience working for intermediaries focused her talents to best understand the needs of nonprofits and provide or connect them with the tools, resources and guidance for success. Prior to joining REDF, Vivienne led Citibank’s community development efforts managing a philanthropic portfolio of grantees. From the lens of a funder, she understands how to position and structure programs to achieve capital and can also develop strategic partnerships with philanthropy, both corporate and private, to cultivate relationships for sustained support. Vivienne started her career as an Americorps VISTA volunteer helping low-income families in Hawaii build wealth and assets through matched savings accounts. She earned a Master’s Degree in City Planning from MIT and attended Occidental College. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the Little Tokyo Service Center Community Development Corporation, Skid Row Housing Trust, Opportunity Fund and the Union Bank Community Advisory Board, Vivienne enjoys finding undiscovered culinary destinations in LA and globally.

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    Jim Schorr

    Member
    Jim Schorr

    is a Professor at Vanderbilt University and on the Board of Directors at Social Enterprise Alliance, where he served as CEO for two years. 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 seven years before his appointment as SEA's CEO. Since stepping down as Board Chair to assume the CEO responsibilities two years ago, Jim advanced SEA’s standing with our members, chapters, and other partners in the social enterprise sector.

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    Buddy Teaster

    Member
    Buddy Teaster

    is the CEO of Soles4Souls. Buddy brings a potent combination of entrepreneurship, executive education, C-level leadership skills, as well as extensive non-profit experience. His passion for philanthropy and global change led him to take on the role of leading the largest provider in free shoes to children in need around the world. Buddy was previously the President/COO of Executive Business Services (EBS), a holding company that includes RTM Networks, StarKart, and the National Association of Local Advertisers (NALA). Before that, Buddy was the Chief Network Officer for Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), a non-profit organization committed to developing better leaders through education and idea exchange.

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    Chairs Emeriti

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    Chairs Emeriti

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    Tim Robinson, VP of Human Resources for Global Business Services, UPS
    Chuck Lief, President, Naropa University
    Charles King, President and CEO, HousingWorks
    Jim Fruchterman, President and CEO, Benetech
    Bill Strathmann, CEO, Network for Good