Jonathan C. Lewis is an accomplished social entrepreneur and a compelling public speaker on economic development issues and social change. He teaches a n undergraduate course Making Social Entrepreneurship Happen at New York University. His blog posts are at the Huffington Post. He is currently writing a book about social change and social entrepreneurship.
Jonathan is the Founder/Host of Cafe Impact. Cafe Impact produces online videos about social entrepreneurship careers. Candid, filmed conversations with accomplished social entrepreneurs provide insights about careers combating social and economic injustice.
He is also the Founder/President of the Opportunity Collaboration. This strategic business retreat and economic justice networking summit for 350 senior level anti-poverty leaders occurs annually on World Poverty Day in Ixtapa, Mexico.
Jonathan is also the Founder/Board Chair of MCE Social Capital. This innovative social venture leverages $90 million of private capital to make tiny business loans to deeply impoverished people, mostly women, in developing countries. A rarity in the non-profit world, MCE Social Capital is self-sufficient without donations or grants.
He is also Co-Founder of Copia Global. This pioneering social enterprise is a consumer catalog serving the base of the economic pyramid in rural Kenya. Currently in its expansion phase, the company has already increased the net profits for small shopkeepers on average by 57% percent!
In addition, Jonathan has recently served as General Partner of Dev Equity (social impact investment fund focused on Latin America) and as a Member of the Board of Directors of Everyone Counts (social enterprise using the Internet to assure safe and secure elections around the world). He is a recipient of the Social Venture Network Innovation Award.
In his eclectic entrepreneurial career, Jonathan has served as the founder/CEO of a global business knowledge company, Chief Budget Advisor to the President of the California State Senate, founder/CEO of an urban real estate investment company and founder/owner of a contemporary art gallery. He is on a search to find the tastiest, most fun hot dog stand in the world.