The Twin Cities Chapter of The Social Enterprise Alliance is an active member-driven organization in North America for commercial nonprofits, social businesses, and educators who come together to promote financially sustainable social innovation through networking opportunities, educational forums, strategic partnerships, and impact legislation. Our members are passionate about changing their communities, and we are dedicated to providing them with the resources to maximize sustainable social and financial impact.
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As an experienced senior level executive with management responsibilities in the areas of finance, human resources, operations, risk management, strategic planning and information technology, Jack has worked both in the non-profit sector and private sector with financial service organizations. He joined Project for Pride in Living (PPL) in late 2008 and has direct responsibility for all financial activities, information technology, human resources and office support. He is a member of the Project for Pride in Living Enterprises (PPLE) board of directors, which is a social enterprise division of PPL. Prior employers include GMAC Residential Finance Corporation (ResCap), Norwest Corporation (Wells Fargo) and Ernst and Young. His nonprofit experience includes various volunteer roles with the Greater Twin Cities United Way, the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging and St. Matthew’s Day Care Center and parish council. Additional nonprofit positions include Interim CFO for PATH, Inc. and Business Director for Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. Jack has an MBA from the University of St. Thomas and undergraduate degrees in economics and accounting from the University of Minnesota. He also completed a mini-MBA program for nonprofits at the University of St. Thomas in June 2007.
Scott is a high tech executive with blended experience leading for-profit, nonprofit, education, social enterprise, and cooperative initiatives. Committed to alleviating chronic social problems by building the capacities of foundations and community organizations to work collaboratively (eliminating the ‘silo’ effect). Using web-based software imbedded with expert services, his new cooperative, Collectivity, connects and empowers individuals, nonprofits, and foundations to create Collective Impact in our communities. He founded Collectivity as a cooperative to rapidly and sustainably scale collaborative initiatives using international tested principles of co-working using the accountable social business model of cooperatives.
Jennifer has a background in new business development and philanthropy. Jennifer’s passion is supporting social entrepreneurs to carry out their mission by focusing on their competitive advantage and maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of their current processes. Her strengths are creating possibilities through ideation, filtering, and honing in on the most strategic plan for executing on the best ideas. At Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Jennifer developed social enterprises resulting in two successful ventures. As a Grants Associate at the Lutheran Community Foundation she awarded over $10 million in annual grants to up to 5,000 national charities. Jennifer currently co-chairs the board of the Twin Cities Social Enterprise Alliance and chairs their Programming and Events Planning Committee. Jennifer graduated from St. Olaf College with a B.A. in Biology.
Jeff is a successful Minnesota social entrepreneur. He first founded and directed Breakthrough Saint Paul (now Breakthrough Twin Cities), a nonprofit college access and teacher training program. Jeff then invented and commercialized Snake Oil, a hit party game that won the prestigious Mensa Select award and was licensed by Out of the Box Publishing. Most recently, he founded Customs Made, LLC, a social business that placed in the top three of the 2013 Minnesota Cup social entrepreneurial competition. In addition to completing his Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Policy at the University of Minnesota, Jeff is a Sands Social Venture Fellow and serves on Minnesota’s Benefit Corporation statute drafting committee.
Patti is an experienced marketing executive. After working in Los Angeles and New York with Wall Street and major entertainment companies, she returned to Minneapolis to start a family and expand her marketing experience. For the past 10 years, she served as the Vice President of Marketing Services for a marketing agency that focused on business development, project management, strategic planning and market research for a wide range of clients. She now runs her own consulting firm, Indigo LLC that focuses on helping businesses grow through customized solutions that meet their unique challenges. Patti is passionate about social businesses and their impact on society. Her goal is to help foster social businesses to grow exponentially and to educate the public about this powerful, sustainable business model. In 2013, Patti attended the University of St. Thomas to be certified in project management and she also completed an Arabic Language Intensive from Georgetown University.