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

The Social Enterprise Alliance team supports its members 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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    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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    Mirah Alix

    Interim Communications Manager
    Mirah Alix

    Mirah's first involvement with SEA was as a Communications and Outreach Intern in 2017. Since then, she returned as a contributing writer for the Toasting Good blog, The Review, and is now serving as the Interim Communications Manager. Mirah graduated from Vanderbilt University after specializing in Sociology, Communications, and Business. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mirah spent a year working in San Francisco as an eCommerce Merchandiser at Walmart.com, where she developed her drive to implement socially responsible business practices on a global scale.

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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    Antonio Aguilera

    Chair
    Antonio Aguilera

    works at Coworker.org, where he supports and coaches workers of tech companies organizing around ethical tech, equal rights and worker voice. He has started and directed for-profit and nonprofit social enterprises in technology, staffing and other services to create jobs and increase health access for people living with mental health disabilities, with HIV, elderly women, single moms and immigrant workers, and he helped develop a digital app for domestic workers to organize. Antonio is co-founder of the Social Enterprise Alliance San Francisco Bay Area chapter, and he is passionate about the individual transformation and collective power of business and technology for social justice.

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    Belinda Li

    Vice Chair
    Belinda Li

    is Founder & Chief Consultant of CiTTA Partnership, a boutique management consulting firm with a mission to empower leaders of purpose-driven organizations to implement their ideas and scale their social & environmental impact in a financially sustainable way. Belinda’s expertise is in business strategy, business modeling, market research and feasibility assessment. She specializes in helping nonprofits add new revenue streams through social enterprise business activities and guiding purpose-driven businesses with their go-to market strategies and implementation plans. Prior to CiTTA, she was Associate Principal with Civic Consulting Alliance, with a primary role as the Program Manager of the Chicago Climate Action Plan. And before that, she was Senior Associate with McKinsey & Co., a global management consulting firm, advising Fortune 100 and prominent Social Sector clients on strategic issues. She has also held R&D managerial roles at General Electric Healthcare, and has worked in the academia as a researcher prior to that. In addition to the Social Enterprise Alliance National Board, Belinda also serves on the Boards of the Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund and the Social Enterprise Alliance Chicago Chapter. Belinda holds an MBA degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a Ph.D. degree in Medical Physics from the University of London, UK. Originally from Hong Kong, she now calls Chicago home.

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    David Gaines

    Co-Vice Chair
    David Gaines

    is the CEO and Chief Visionary for La Terza Artisan Coffee Roasterie, a full service coffee resource that provides the highest quality coffee for consumers, equipment and education for restaurants and coffee shops, and more. After working for years in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, David felt pulled toward social enterprise and the way La Terza provided phenomenal coffee while positively impacting workers worldwide. David believes in the power of coffee to foster human connection, and knows that coffee shops play an important role in the social health of our communities. It’s not just through coffee though. David sees a new type of business model where we can not only make a profit, but also better the lives of people involved in our supply chains, our local community, employees, customers, competition, planet, and even ourselves.

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    Matthew Gale

    Treasurer
    Matthew Gale

    is the Vice President of Growth at SimpleCitizen, an immigration technology company. In his role at SimpleCitizen, he has helped 10,000+ immigrants from 180+ countries achieve legal status in the U.S. Before working at SimpleCitizen, he worked at a nonprofit venture capital accelerator and a boutique investment bank. Matthew is also the co-founder of the Social Enterprise Alliance Utah chapter. Matthew is passionate about social entrepreneurship and sees business as a means of achieving social good. Matthew has given seminars at startup hubs across the globe including iHub in Kenya, Start-up Chile in Chile, MassChallenge in Mexico, and Station F in France. Matthew lives in Park City, Utah and enjoys skiing, mountain biking and cycling. Matthew received a Master's Degree in Social Innovation from the University of Cambridge and Bachelor's Degree in Management from Brigham Young University.

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    Niki McCuistion

    Secretary
    Niki McCuistion

    is a serial entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO, and producer/ executive producer of the McCuistion TV program, now on Dallas PBS and other venues for the last 30 years. Her consulting work with nonprofits focuses on helping organizations develop and implement strategies that achieve profitable, sustainable results. A prolific writer, she has authored /co-authored several business books on sales and leadership. The latest two are specifically directed toward strategy and development, Women Wealth and Giving and The Nonprofit Guide to Social Enterprise: Show Me the Unrestricted Money, a how-to manual on earned income and sustainability.

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    Charles Ajemian

    Member
    Charles Ajemian

    is the Founder and CEO of Mediaflux Benefit Corporation, a digital innovations company dedicated to the principles of purpose-driven economies. He has also served on the board of United Virginia Education Fund, a micro-enterprise development and advocacy organization that serves under-resourced social enterprise owners and sector champions in Virginia, since 2017. Charles has been a digital developer and strategy consultant for more than two decades, consistently operating on the leading edge of technology, design and enterprise community-centered development. He has held leadership positions in technology and venture start-up associations and most recently co-founded and served as President of the Virginia Chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance. His vision and leadership led the formation of the Richmond Unite Social Business Initiative event that headlined Richard Branson, Buzz Aldrin, local NPOs and B Corp founders on the same stage. He remains highly engaged in local and regional social entrepreneurship movements, dedicating his time and experience to The Better Day Than Yesterday Initiative Program, assisting families that have suffered the separation trauma of divorce, incarceration and military deployments. Through Mediaflux and his board affiliations, Charles strives to enable mission-driven individuals and organizations to succeed through adaptive use of responsible technology solutions and the promotion and utilization of shared resource collaborations for a common wealth.

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    Rebecca Dray

    Member
    Rebecca Dray

    is the founder of Society Profits L3C, a social enterprise that offers the first social enterprise certification in the United States. Originally from the United Kingdom, Rebecca started her career in the hospitality industry working for Marriott Hotels. She then went on to work in the charitable sector, supporting mental health advocacy groups. She started her first social enterprise in 2006. In the coming years she carried out a merger with a nationwide nonprofit then started and oversaw seven further social enterprise companies as Managing Director of the group’s social enterprise arm. Rebecca sat on the Board of several social enterprise membership organizations and travelled the country giving presentations, training and mentorship in the social enterprise sector. In 2019, she partnered with 2 others to start Buy Social USA, offering social procurement support services to large corporations, governments and anchor institutions. She became Chapter Leader for the Michigan SEA Chapter in 2018 and is looking forward to working with the other national SEA Board members to develop collaborative, ground-up approaches to the local, national and global social enterprise movement.

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    Chuck Brown

    Member
    Chuck Brown

    is the founder of Orion Advising, a consultancy that supports social entrepreneurs and impact funders to achieve greater alignment in their vision for a new economy. Chuck has been working in social enterprise and philanthropy for his entire career, from co-founding a nonprofit social enterprise as an undergraduate in 2007 to Kiva.org, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and now Orion Advising. He is also a member-leader with the San Francisco Bay Area chapters of Social Enterprise Alliance and Resource Generation, two national organizations seeking to create a more just and equitable economy. When life's got him down and he gets hung up on his mistakes, he just remembers this saying: "Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most."

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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