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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    Mikaela Clark

    Communications and Brand Manager
    Mikaela Clark

    is Social Enterprise Alliance's Communications and Brand Manager. Prior to joining the SEA team, Mikaela served as Director of Communication at nonprofit Nashville Fashion Week, coordinating their social media, press and promotional efforts. Her passion for the intersection of business and social good has led her to intern for several social enterprises specializing in ethical or sustainable fashion in Nashville prior to relocating to Brooklyn, NY. Aside from her work telling the stories of socially minded organizations, Mikaela is an avid writer, artist and seamstress. Mikaela received her B.A. in Public Relations from Belmont University and holds a Certificate in Principles of Public Relations.

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    Lauren Dekleva

    Community Engagement Coordinator
    Lauren Dekleva

    is Social Enterprise Alliance's Community Engagement Coordinator. Lauren previously served as a summer communications intern and, after graduating from Belmont University in December 2016, the interim Communications Coordinator. Prior to rejoining the team in September 2018, she received the Lumos Travel Award to complete a six month internship with anti-trafficking NGO Urban Light in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Lauren has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Entrepreneurship with minors in Music and Political Science from Belmont University. In addition to the pursuit of social justice, she is passionate about sharing experiences through music, and is active as a musician and singer-songwriter.

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    Hannah Taylor

    Communications Coordinator
    Hannah Taylor

    Hannah Taylor is Social Enterprise Alliance’s Communication’s Coordinator. Hannah previously served as the Communication Intern before stepping into this role. Prior to SEA, Hannah attended Lipscomb University graduating with a B.F.A in Studio Art and a B.A. in Arts Administration, with minors in art history and business. During her time there, she gained a variety of experience curating galleries, assisting artists and working at the social enterprise, Mi Esperanza.

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

    Tamra Ryan is the CEO of Women's Bean Project, a social enterprise that provides transitional employment, while operating a food manufacturing business, to women attempting to break the cycle of chronic unemployment and poverty. Tamra is a former partner and board member for Social Venture Partners-Denver, currently chairs the Board of Directors for the Social Enterprise Alliance and is on the advisory board for the Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise at the University of Denver. Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO) recognized Tamra’s servant leadership and entered it into the Congressional Record of the 115th Congress, Second Session in May 2018. She was honored by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce as one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Colorado and is part of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Leadership Network. She was a presenter at TEDxMilehigh and is a highly sought-after speaker for topics such as compassionate leadership and social enterprise. Tamra 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 numerous awards for women/minorities in business and social activism. She is currently working on her second book, Followship: How to be a leader worth following.

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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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    Seungah Jeong

    Member
    Seungah Jeong

    With experience driving the growth of companies at varying stages of the acquisition process, Seungah Jeong brings to MPOWERD the expertise and insider knowledge accumulated from almost two decades of senior executive leadership in CPG. After key managerial roles at Procter & Gamble and NARS cosmetics (a subsidiary of Shiseido Inc.), Jeong co-founded NEST Fragrances, quickly developing the brand into one of the most successful luxury lifestyle fragrance companies in the market. While serving in a variety of key leadership roles, most recently as the Chief Operations Officer, Jeong played a critical role in the structure and management of virtually every facet of the business – from product inception and operations to sales plans and marketing initiatives. Joining MPOWERD as CEO is a homecoming of sorts for Jeong, whose passion for environmental sustainability led her to double major in Philosophy and Environmental Studies at the University of Chicago before earning her Masters in Geography (Environment & Development) at the University of Cambridge in England.

    MPOWERD creates clean energy products that are personal, well-designed and accessible to everyone. Alongside traditional developed markets, our line of Luci solar lights is designed to provide clean, affordable energy to the 3 billion people who live without reliable access to electricity. To-date, MPOWERD, has now brought clean, portable light to more than 3 million lives, and 400,000 US tons of CO2 have been averted through the programs of over 500 NGOs like the UNDP, Save the Children, Oxfam, International Medical Corps and many others.

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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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    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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    Justin Wolff

    Member
    Justin Wolff

    Justin is Chief Giving Officer at Yoobi. He oversees the company’s buy one, give one program, developing strategic partnerships, ensuring that donated supplies make their way to the kids that need them most, right here in the US. Within his role, Justin works closely with the Marketing, Creative, Product and Operations teams to effectively incorporate impact into the entire value chain at Yoobi. Justin also acts as a spokesman and brand ambassador of all things Give at Yoobi. In 4 years, Yoobi has donated over 50 million school supplies, supporting over 4 million students across the U.S.

    Prior to helping build Yoobi from the ground floor up, Justin pursued a career in corporate law, where his practice took him from New York to Hong Kong, and eventually back to Los Angeles where he specialized in project finance with an emphasis on the renewable energy sector.

    The son of a teacher, and compelled by a strong desire to create tangible impact by serving a positive social cause, Justin began volunteering at public schools in South Central Los Angeles. Here he developed a first-hand perspective on the tough realities facing America’s classrooms and even helped organize a spoken-word poetry club before the company itself became a fully realized vision.

    Born in South Africa, Justin was raised in Los Angeles, attended U.C. Berkeley, where he earned a B.A. in Political Economics of Industrialized Societies, with a focus on China. Following his graduation, Justin moved to Israel where he served in an elite paratrooper regiment, and later worked in the media technology space. In 2005, Justin returned to the U.S. to pursue his Juris Doctorate degree at Cardozo School of Law in New York City.

    Justin has been featured in major publications like Forbes, The Good Trade, USA Today, AllBusiness, and has been a keynote speaker and panelist at numerous industry-related conferences and summits.

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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