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Ethan Chorin

Ethan Chorin

Senior Manager for Government Relations, DP World

Ethan Chorin is co-founder of The Avicenna Group, a non-profit organization working to develop urgent-care medical capacity in Libya, and Senior Development Economist with Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Health and Human Rights.

From 2009 to 2011, he was Senior Manager for Government Relations and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Dubai Ports World, based in the UAE. In this capacity, he initiated and led the company’s involvement in ROADS II, which resulted in a series of partnerships between Dubai Ports World, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Family Health International (FHI), and several African governments to increase access to primary healthcare and education within port cities and along major transport corridors in East and West Africa.

While continuing to oversee the logistics of clinic design and deployment in Djibouti, Chorin used his time at SOM to begin to document, in case study format, the early evolution and impact of the ROADS partnerships – with a focus on the rising challenges of scaling such a program in the context of a highly politicized environment and competing stakeholder interests. The full case study will be published in 2012.

Chorin holds a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley in Resource Economics (2000), an MIPS from Stanford (1993) and a B.A. in Near Eastern Languages, with distinction, from Yale (1991). A former Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays Fellow (Jordan, Yemen), Chorin is the author of Exit the Colonel: The Hidden History of the Libyan Revolution (forthcoming, PublicAffairs Books, 2012), and Translating Libya (Saqi Books, 2008), and has written OpEds, features and dispatches for publications such as Foreign Policy, the Financial Times, Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst, and the National. 


Lee Davis

Lee Davis

Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) of NESsT

Lee Davis is a social entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in the international development and social enterprise fields. He is co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer (CIO), and served for 15 years as co-CEO, of NESsT. With a team of 50 and operations in 10 countries across Eastern Europe and Latin America, NESsT has pioneered the field of social enterprise in emerging markets, has supported over 2600 social enterprises solving critical social problems, and is a 2004 winner of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

Along with NESsT co-Founder Nicole Etchart, Lee is co-author of several books on social enterprise and venture philanthropy, including: All in the Same Boat: An Introduction to Engaged Philanthropy, End of the Rainbow: Increasing the Sustainability of LGBT Organizations through Social Enterprise, Risky Business: The Impacts of Merging Mission and Market, and Profits for Nonprofits. He is the author of The NGO-Business Hybrid, a seminal study on social enterprise in 13 countries, completed while a Research Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Davis also served as a Professorial Lecturer in Social Change and Development at SAIS, developing and co-teaching the first graduate-level course on social enterprise in the developing world. Lee is also a member of the International Steering Committee of the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF), the premiere global event focused exclusively on social enterprise, and is leading NESsT's efforts to host the SEWF 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in October 2012.

Lee holds an MA from the Institute for Policy Studies at The Johns Hopkins University, and a BA magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Connecticut College, and was a recipient of the Thomas J. Watson Foundation fellowship in 1988. He is a native New Yorker, has lived and worked in Europe, Latin America and Japan, and currently resides in the San Joaquin Valley of California while also dividing time between NESsT’s offices in San Francisco and across Europe and South America.


William Drenttel (in memorium)

William Drenttel (in memorium)

Director, Winterhouse Institute (design and social enterprise); Senior Faculty Fellow

Bill devoted what would turn out to be the last several years of his life to exploring and developing the intersection between design and social innovation. This legacy is engrained in the work of the Winterhouse Institute (including the Social Design Pathways), SOM’s Design & Innovation Club, and the work of the many colleagues whom he influenced, cajoled and embraced with his perspicacity, curiosity and wit.

William Drenttel was a graphic designer, publisher, and design leader working at Winterhouse, a design consultancy focused on publishing, online media, and cultural and educational institutions. His clients included Archives of American Art, New England Journal of Medicine, The New Yorker, NYU School of Journalism, Stora Enso, Harvard Law School, Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Yale University, and the National Design Awards. He was also the design director of Poetry Foundation and Teach for All.

From 1985 to 1997, Drenttel was the president of Drenttel Doyle Partners. Among its accomplishments, the firm changed magazine design with its design of Spy Magazine in 1986; put Martha Stewart in K-Mart; launched cash machines for Citibank; designed the identity for the World Financial Center; repositioned the Cooper-Hewitt Museum as the National Design Museum; and created graphic identity programs for three national educational institutions: Teach for America, Edison Project and Princeton University. Previously, he was a senior vice president at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, where he launched Pampers in Italy and cellular telephones in America.

As a publisher, Drenttel created books under the Winterhouse imprint for Yale University Press, University of Chicago Press and Princeton Architectural Press. He was the co-editor of the five-volume series Looking Closer: Critical Writings on Graphic Design, published by Allworth Press, and a co-founder of, the widely read blog of design and cultural criticism. In 2006, he established the Winterhouse Writing Awards, a national prize for excellence in design writing and criticism.

Drenttel was president emeritus of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, a trustee of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the Susan Sontag Foundation, and a fellow of the New York Institute of the Humanities at NYU. He received a BA from Princeton University in 1977 with an Independent Concentration in Film and European Cultural Studies.


Andrea Levere

Andrea Levere

President, Corporation for Enterprise Development

Andrea Levere has led the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) as its president since 2004. CFED is a private nonprofit organization with the mission of building assets and expanding economic opportunity for low-income people and disadvantaged communities through matched savings, entrepreneurship, and affordable housing. CFED designs and operates major national initiatives that aim to expand matched savings for children and youth, bring self-employed entrepreneurs into the financial mainstream and turn manufactured housing into an appreciating asset. CFED operates a comprehensive public policy program to build and protect assets at the local, state and federal levels, and produces the nationally recognized Assets and Opportunity Scorecard. In 2012, CFED launched the Assets & Opportunity Network, comprised of 75 lead state and local organizations representing thousands of members which advocate for asset development and protection policies at the municipal and state levels.
Prior to joining CFED in 1992, she was a director with the National Development Council. At NDC, she was a lead trainer for the Economic Development Finance Certification Program and designed and conducted “Taking Care of Business,” a financial management program for entrepreneurs while also working with cities and states to structure financing for small businesses, affordable housing and urban development projects.

Ms. Levere served as chair of the board of the Ms. Foundation for Women from 2002-2005, after being on its board since 1998. Currently, she serves as the Chair of ROC USA (Resident Owned Communities USA), a national social venture that converts manufactured home parks into resident owned cooperatives and is a board member of MapLight, which exposes how money influences politics. She is a member of the FDIC’s Committee on Economic Inclusion, the Bank of America’s National Community Advisory Council, Morgan Stanley’s Community Development Advisory Board and Capital One’s Community Advisory Council.

She holds a bachelor's degree from Brown University and an MBA from Yale University. In 2001, she received the Alumni Recognition Award from the Yale School of Management and in 2008 was named to the inaugural class of its Donaldson Fellows Program, which recognizes alumni who help educate business and society leaders.


Debra Schwartz

Debra Schwartz

Director of Program-related Investments, The MacArthur Foundation

Schwartz is Director of Program-related Investments (“PRIs”) for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, an international, independent, grantmaking institution headquartered in Chicago. PRIs are below-market loans and investments made for charitable purposes. The Foundation is a longtime leader in this innovative form of philanthropy and has allocated $300 million to a self-financing PRI pool that primarily supports community development and affordable housing organizations across the United States.

Schwartz used her time at SOM to begin a research project exploring the organizational characteristics of successful "hybrid" businesses -- those that pursue a "double bottom line" of financial and social returns. Schwartz is exploring the ways in which these social enterprises manage to find workable combinations of legal form, capital structure, business strategy and governance, as they seek to generate significant social impact while deriving most or all of their financial support from earned income. Schwartz plans to continue her research over the coming year and will take a second, longer sabbatical next summer in order to write a paper documenting her findings based on case studies of several well-established nonprofit and for-profit "hybrid" businesses in the U.S. and abroad.