About Sasha

I spend my days as the the Chief Innovation Officer at Acumen Fund.  We are a nonprofit venture fund that is creating a world beyond poverty by investing in social enterprises, emerging leaders, and breakthrough ideas.  I am also a blogger and speaker about generosity, philanthropy, and social change.

It all started with my Manifesto for Nonprofit CEOs, and my realization that if the nonprofit sector is ever going to realize its potential, we have to stop apologizing about the value of the work that we do.

In 2011, a small group of friends and I created Generosity Day, a reboot of Valentine’s Day on February 14th.  We’re doing it again in 2012, so subscribe to this blog if you want to stay up-to-date.  The idea sprung from my generosity experiment, which I explain in this video (or click on the picture on the right), which was recently posted on TED.com.

And here’s a quick Innovation Agents profile from Fast Company.

Some of my recent speaking events:

If you’d like to contact me for a speaking event you can email me here.

Previous jobs, degrees, and all that stuff:

  • My first real job was at Booz-Allen where I spent most of my time working for telecom companies in South America and Europe. I worked on one huge privatization and did a bunch of strategy, acquisition, and market expansion work. Good stuff, tons of travel, I was thrown in the deep end and managed to swim.
  • Then I went to Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School, and spent one summer in Indonesia at the microfinance bank Bank Rakyat Indonesia and the next summer at a venture-backed startup called Navic Networks (which was recently acquired by Microsoft).
  • After graduate school I worked at IBM and then at GE Money in Corporate Citizenship.
  • And I’ve been at Acumen Fund since January 2007.

Article citations and other such stuff:

Want to drop me a line? Use this form to email me.

36 Responses to About Sasha

  1. Ari Skromne says:

    Sasha,
    This is great. Thank you for sharing it and for this great and inspiring work. My best regards to your family. Looking forward to seeing you soon!
    Ari

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  8. Sasha,
    small suggestion — unless you have a reason not to, could I suggest that you have links in your blog entries open in a new tab — I clicked on a link and followed that trail to learn more about Acumen and then had a tough time getting back to your blog….many people just give up.
    Wordpress makes it easy — when you add the link, click on ‘target’ and then click on ‘open in a new window’ — that way you won’t lose people who want to read more about a linked topic, but then want to come back to your blog….

    Rita
    (I tried to send this to you in your email form and it failed…seems to be something wrong with that funcion.)

  9. Sasha says:

    Rita, this is a great idea. Absolutely I’ll do this – I didn’t know it was an option. Also I’ll check out the email form…thanks for the heads up!

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  12. Jean-Michel says:

    Sasha,
    It’s hard to judge a person’s personality based on their success but without knowing you and not reading (I just started) much of your blog posts it is refreshing to read about an individual (successful at that) who still believes in the conviction of providing prosperity to the worlds needy and hope. I left a good paying job in Phoenix, AZ to begin something I am also passionate about; I created a company to pioneer affordable housing in Ghana. While this has been tough to get off the ground reading your Nonprofit CEO Manifesto reenergized me. Thanks

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  15. smorimoto says:

    Sasha,
    I spent the last 5.5 years as a VP at Teach For America responsible for 75% of the organization’s annual fundraising and grew the funding 40% annually. Reading your manifesto was inspiring — this is exactly how I feel about the importance of fundraising and exactly how we approached development. It’s not just about money. It’s about investing — financially and otherwise — as many people as possible in the change you’re making, and building an energized movement of individuals who, collectively, can accelerate that change much faster and better than you could do on your own. Thanks for writing this!

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  25. Catherine "Kitty" Green says:

    Sasha,
    I was just today made aware of you and your causes and about your The Generosity Experiment!! Do you have a facebook link?? I just signed up to get updates from your site. Keep up the work your doing.. where can we make a donation to help the 30 Day Generosity Experiment ??
    Catherine “Kitty” Green

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  35. Garfield says:

    Hmm it seems like your blog ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I as well am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to everything. Do you have any tips for beginner blog writers? I’d definitely appreciate it.

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