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My Purpose

I activate and inspire new changemakers.

Highlights

I’m a social entrepreneur, faculty member at UC Berkeley where I developed and teach a transformative course called “Becoming a Changemaker,” and I co-founded StartSomeGood.com, which has helped over 1,000 changemakers in 50 countries raise over $10 Million USD. I’m proud to mentor and advise changemakers around the world and to call the San Francisco Bay Area home.

FAN OF:

Passport stamps, breakfast for dinner, creative marriage proposals, James Taylor, burpees, UCLA, commencement speeches, California burritos, colorful socks, good deeds & great leadership. 

Long Bio? Really? Okay, here you go.   

I'm a social entrepreneur, professional faculty at UC Berkeley, and an advocate that each of us can lead positive change from wherever we are.

I co-founded, and now advise, StartSomeGood.com which has helped 1,000+ social impact organizations in 50+ countries raise $10M+ USD.  

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At UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, I developed and teach the course “Becoming a Changemaker” which is the first university course in the US created specifically for changemakers to learn mindsets and leadership skills for positive change across sectors and disciplines.

As Changemaker in Residence at Berkeley Haas I launch and scale new programs, and have the great honor of leading the Berkeley Haas Global Access Program, a transformative experience which helps students from around the world develop an entrepreneurial mindset. I previously served as the Founding Executive Director of the UC Berkeley Center for Leadership, helping emerging leaders on campus and around the world become more inclusive, purpose-driven and long-term focused.

Before joining UC Berkeley, I helped lead Change.org's Series D fundraising round, raising $30M from world-renowned investors including Bill Gates, Richard Branson and Sam Altman.

I mentor, coach and advise social entrepreneurs around the world, recently running Scandinavia’s leading social impact incubator, Reach for Change, in Stockholm, Sweden. I’m proud to be an advisor/board member for two amazing social ventures: Konnexio and PeppyPals.

I have given talks on the topics of leadership and social innovation in venues ranging from Ukraine to Cambodia; LA to the Arctic Circle; and for the Obama White House. And my writing has been published in FastCompany, The Guardian and Huffington Post. 

I received a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Geography and Political Science from UCLA. While at UCLA, I co-founded the largest student group on campus, The Den.

I'm deeply honored to have received UCLA's Recent Graduate of the Year Award in 2017 and to have been named a “top 100 visionary leader" by Real Leaders Magazine, a top under-40 North American leader by Friends of Europe and -- much to my parents' surprise -- a middle school PE award recipient.

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my favorite changemaker, my wife Rebecca.

FEATURED INTERVIEWS

If you still want more of me, you’re probably my Mom (Hi Mom!), but here are a few of my favorite interviews I’ve done that shed a bit more light on who I am and what I’m passionate about: 

Inspired By:

Scandinavia, Essentialism, Transformational Experiences, Courageous Leadership, Jackie Robinson.

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How can I help?  Get in touch with me and let's chat.