James M. Mandiberg


New York City

James M. Mandiberg

I began doing social enterprise activities in the middle 1980s in my roles as a senior manager in the Santa Clara County Health Department, looking for alternative unrestricted funding streams for the nonprofit organizations we funded. ¬† Beginning in the late 1980s, and especially since 1991 when I moved back into academia, my research and teaching has predominately focused on developing social enterprise models for “identity communities” of stigmatized and discriminated social service populations utilizing economic and social development models. ¬†This work is mostly centered on business and economic infrastructure owned or controlled by communities of social service users, for example people with serious mental health conditions, people with histories of homelessness, and seniors.