Jane Leu is an award winning and internationally recognized social entrepreneur, Ashoka Fellow, and Founder/CEO of Smarter Good. Jane has more than 20 years of experience in founding and leading numerous social enterprises. Smarter Good is a continuation of her interest in building scalable organizations and integrating the global workforce. It is a next step in her life’s work to:
1) optimize global talent – a strength she developed as Founder and CEO of Upwardly Global, a national nonprofit organization that integrates skilled immigrants into the US workforce.
2) apply business strategies to the nonprofit sector – a technique she pioneered as co-Founder of the Craigslist nonprofit venture forum and as a member of the founding team behind the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
3) promote the inclusion of diverse professionals into leadership roles in social entrepreneurship and changemaking, inspired by her experience as the interim Executive Director of Ashoka U.
Jane’s contributions and leadership have been recognized by the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, the Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership program, Jefferson Award for Community Service, Draper Richards Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and the Manhattan Institute Social Entrepreneur Award, among others. She holds a MA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a BA from Tufts University.