Jonathan Lewis
Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Service

Jonathan Lewis is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Service at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the NYU Reynolds Social Entrepreneurship Scholar in Residence. He is also and the Founder and Instructor of Social Entrepreneurship Clinic, an intensive boot camp for mid-career professionals and students taught on campuses and at conferences world-wide. Lewis will teach Making Social Entrepreneurship Happen, a two-week intensive NYU Wagner course for NYU undergraduate students.

Lewis is the Founder/President of the Opportunity Collaboration, a strategic business retreat and economic justice networking summit for 350 senior level anti-poverty leaders that occurs annually on World Poverty Day in Ixtapa, Mexico. Lewis also serves as Founder and Board Chair of MCE Social Capital (formerly MicroCredit Enterprises), a social venture which leverages private capital to finance business loans to deeply impoverished people in developing countries.

Lewis co-founded Copia Global, a pioneering social enterprise that serves Nairobi, Kenya. He is also the Founder and Host of Café Impact, which produces online videos about social entrepreneurship careers.In addition, Lewis is a Senior Advisor/Partner for Dev Equity, a social impact investment fund focused on Latin America and recently served as a Member of the Board of Directors of Everyone Counts, a social enterprise ensuring safe and secure elections world-wide. He is a recipient of the Social Venture Network Innovation Award.

Throughout his entrepreneurial career, Lewis has served as the Founder/CEO of a global business knowledge company, Chief Budget Advisor to the President of the California State Senate, Founder/CEO of an urban real estate investment company and Founder/Owner of a contemporary art gallery. He is a graduate, with honors, of the University of California, Davis, with a B.S. in Applied Behavioral Sciences.

Semester Course
Fall 2014 UPADM-GP.264.001 Understanding Social Entrepreneurship: How to Change the World One Venture at a Time

In this fun and fast paced course, taught by a practicing serial social entrepreneur, Prof. Greenblatt investigates the different ways social entrepreneurs can make a difference here in the United States and around the world. The class will address questions like: Why do we need social innovation? How can founders protect their mission is an age when entrepreneurship is largely governed by venture capitalists? How can one innovate inside a large corporation or government institution? How can entrepreneurs plan for and manage the high risks of starting ventures that fail more often than not? The course will also feature visits by successful social entrepreneurs who answered these questions in different ways.


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