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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    Jim Schorr

    President and CEO
    Jim Schorr

    is President and CEO of Social Enterprise Alliance. 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 CEO.

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    Kila Englebrook

    Managing Director
    Kila Englebrook

    is Social Enterprise Alliance's 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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    Lauren Carpenter

    Director of Operations
    Lauren Carpenter

    is the Director of Operations at Social Enterprise Alliance. Previously, Lauren spent almost six years as the Director of Finance & Communication at Williamson, Inc., the chamber of commerce and economic development organization for Williamson County, Tennessee. Lauren is also the co-founder of BRANDED Collective, a social enterprise that employs survivors of human trafficking to make hand-stamped metal jewelry. Lauren is a graduate of the University of Kentucky where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Strategic Communication with an emphasis in Business and Public Relations.

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    Joe Tropeano

    Communications Coordinator
    Joe Tropeano

    is Social Enterprise Alliance's Communications Coordinator. He graduated with a degree in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University, where he was involved in the McTyeire International House, spent a semester abroad in Chile, and conducted community psychology research in Italy. A Cornelius Vanderbilt scholar and Peabody scholar at Vanderbilt, Joe completed internships at the RFK Center in Washington DC and Conexion Americas in Nashville, an experience for which he won the Nashville Impact Award.

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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 currently volunteers in Nashville with Jobs for Life and in her spare time can be found at the yoga studio, enjoying the outdoors or listening to sports podcasts.

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 the Women's Bean Project, a nationally-recognized social enterprise that provides transitional employment, while operating two manufacturing businesses, to women attempting to break the cycle of chronic unemployment and poverty. She is the author of "The Third Law," which highlights the societal obstacles and internal demons that must be overcome for marginalized women to change their lives. The book was awarded the Axiom Business Book gold medal in the category of women/minorities in business.

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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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    Paul Carttar

    Member
    Paul Carttar

    is a Partner at the Bridgespan Group, focusing on social innovation, enhancing the effectiveness of philanthropy and scaling solutions that work. He recently served as the initial director of the Social Innovation Fund, a priority program of the Obama Administration. Previously, Paul was an executive partner with New Profit, Inc. and COO for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

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    Carla Javits

    Member
    Carla Javits

    is the President of REDF, which provides equity-like investments and business assistance to create and grow "double bottom line" enterprises operated by non-profits that create jobs in order to employ people who face high barriers while earning income that makes the businesses sustainable. Prior to joining REDF, Carla directed the California expansion of the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) and became CEO of CSH, with offices in 10 states. She holds a Masters of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of California, Berkeley and an AA in Hotel and Restaurant Management from San Francisco City College, and serves on the Boards of Directors of The Melville Charitable Trust, and Northern California Grantmakers, and as an Advisor to the Board of NISH.

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    Marc Spencer

    Member
    Marc Spencer

    is the CEO of Juma Ventures. Marc has twenty years of experience in the non-profit management sector specializing in social enterprise, fund and program development; contracts and compliance, quality management, public-private joint ventures and performance management. In addition to being CEO of Juma, his accomplishments include the development of a San Francisco African American independent school, the design and directorship of the nation's first Upward Bound Visual and Performing Arts program, and the creation of CollegeSet.org, a national matched college savings platform for low-income students.

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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

    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