Vanessa N. Kirsch

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Vanessa Kirsch "is the President and Founder of New Profit Inc. New Profit is a national venture philanthropy fund that unites engaged philanthropists with visionary social entrepreneurs to grow their social innovations to scale. Prior to launching New Profit, Vanessa founded and led two nonprofit organizations, Public Allies and the Women's Information Network. Vanessa has received numerous public service awards and recognition for her work. In 2005, Ernst & Young named Vanessa “Entrepreneur of the Year” in the category of Social Entrepreneurship, an award that recognizes the innovation, vision, and tenacity of New England’s top entrepreneurs. She has been recognized by Forbes as one of 15 innovators who will reinvent the future; by Fast Company as "Who’s Fast 2000;" and by the Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” as one of the most promising leaders in Boston. Currently, Vanessa serves on the Board of Overseers to the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, and on the Boards of New Leaders for New Schools and College Summit. Vanessa is a graduate of Tufts University and currently serves on the Alumni Council. She lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts with her husband, Alan Khazei, Co-Founder of City Year, Inc., and their daughter, Mirabelle." [1]

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  1. Vanessa N. Kirsch, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, accessed June 16, 2010.