Jerr Boschee, 72, has been an advisor to social entrepreneurs in the United States and elsewhere for 35 years. He has delivered keynote speeches or conducted master classes in 43 states and 21 countries and has long been recognized as one of the founders of the social enterprise movement worldwide. He has also been a senior marketing executive for a Fortune 100 company, managing editor for a chain of regional newspapers, a Peace Corps Volunteer in India, and a guest lecturer at numerous academic institutions, including Cambridge, Carnegie Mellon, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Northwestern, Oxford, Stanford, Ulster and others. He currently teaches the two-semester capstone course in the Master’s Degree program in “Social Entrepreneurship and Change” at Pepperdine University.
Jerr is the former President and CEO of The National Center for Social Entrepreneurs, is one of the six co-founders of the Social Enterprise Alliance, and was named by The NonProfit Times to its nonprofit sector “Power & Influence Top 50” lists in 2004, 2005 and 2006. He served from 2001 to 2004 as an advisor to England’s Department of Trade and Industry Social Enterprise Unit and is Executive Director of The Institute for Social Entrepreneurs, which he created in 1999.
His most recent book — Jerr’s Journal: My Adventures in Social Enterprise — was published as an eBook in March 2016 and by the end of the year had been downloaded in 132 countries. He is the author or editor of six previous books, including Boschee on Marketing, The Social Enterprise Sourcebook, and the award-winning Migrating from Innovation to Entrepreneurship: How Nonprofits are Moving toward Sustainability and Self-Sufficiency. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies and been translated into seven languages.
Jerr is the former Board Chair for SAGEGlobal (“Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship”), which supports high school social entrepreneurs in more than 20 countries, and has served on numerous local, national and international Boards throughout his career.