Jane Leu is an internationally recognized social entrepreneur and Ashoka Fellow with more than 20 years of experience in founding and leading numerous social enterprises. Her latest venture is Smarter Good, a global services firm with a dual mission to improve the efficiency and impact of small nonprofit organizations and create purposeful careers for aspiring changemakers in emerging markets. Smarter Good is a continuation of her life’s work to: 1) optimize global talent - a strength she developed as Founder and CEO of Upwardly Global, a national organization that integrates skilled immigrants into the US workforce; 2) apply business strategies to the nonprofit sector - a technique she pioneered as co-Founder of the Craigslist nonprofit venture forum and as a member of the founding team of the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government; and 3) promote the inclusion of diverse professionals into leadership roles in social entrepreneurship and changemaking, inspired by her experience as the interim Executive Director of Ashoka U, Ashoka’s university division. Jane’s contributions and leadership have been recognized by BYU Social Innovator of the Year, John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, the Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership program, Jefferson Award for Community Service, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and the Manhattan Institute Social Entrepreneur Award, among others. She is a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Venture Partner, representing the foundation’s investment on the Board of Directors of Reset Foundation, a member of the advisory boards of the Peery Family Foundation, Joshua Venture Group and the Migration Policy Institute. She has been a Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Marquette University and San Jose State University and guest lecturer in social entrepreneurship at Stanford, Harvard, Tufts, NYU, WUSTL, Amherst, and Ateneo de Manila, among others. She holds a MA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a BA from Tufts University. She lives in San Francisco, CA with her husband, Ted Levinson, a social finance professional, when she is not in Manila with the team of Smarter Good.
CEO/Founder, Smarter Good,
Fellow, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
Founder and former CEO, Upwardly Global