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Vanessa Kirsch
Founder and Managing Director
Vanessa Kirsch is the Founder and Managing Director of New Profit Inc. Vanessa has more than 25 years of experience in developing innovative solutions to social problems and is widely recognized as a leading social entrepreneur. Her experience, combined with a trip around the world in 1995 when she met with other social entrepreneurs, citizen leaders, philanthropists, and political officials, led her to start New Profit.
Prior to launching New Profit, Vanessa founded and led two nonprofit organizations, Public Allies and the Women's Information Network. Public Allies, a national youth service organization, grew to six cities under Vanessa's leadership and was named by the Bush Administration as one of eight model national service programs in America, and by the Clinton Administration as an official AmeriCorps national service model. The Women's Information Network (WIN), an organization that provides support, training, and political access to young women, grew to a membership of 2000. Prior to launching these entrepreneurial organizations, Vanessa worked with Peter Hart of Peter D. Hart Research Associates, a polling firm, and played a key role in several projects including a study on young people's civic attitudes. This study, combined with her experience as a convention manager and field coordinator for the Dukakis presidential campaign, led her to start Public Allies.

Vanessa has received numerous public service awards and recognition for her work. In 2013, Vanessa was named by The NonProfit Times to its "Power and Influence Top 50" and by Boston Magazine to its list of the "Most Powerful Boston Philanthropists." In 2005, Ernst & Young named Vanessa "Entrepreneur of the Year" in the category of Social Entrepreneurship, an award that recognizes the innovation, vision, and tenacity of New England's top entrepreneurs. Vanessa also has been recognized by both Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report as a leader of her generation and by Forbes as one of 15 innovators who will reinvent the future.

Vanessa lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with her husband, Alan Khazei,and their two children. Alan is the Co-Founder of City Year and CEO & Founder of Be The Change, Inc., In 2014, Vanessa and Alan were named by FORTUNE Magazine and CNNMoney to their list of “World’s Greatest Leaders: 9 Dynamic Duos” alongside some of the most powerful figures in politics, media, philanthropy, and business. 

Vanessa is a graduate of Tufts University, where she served as a TCU Senator and a student member on the Board of Trustees. She has also served on the Tufts Alumni Council. Currently, Vanessa serves on the Board of Advocates to Tufts University's Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, and on the boards of College Summit, Eye to Eye, and The Mission Continues.
Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their mind wake in the day to find that all was vanity; but the dreamers of the day...act their dream with open eyes, and make it possible.
T.E. Lawrence
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