Cheryl Dahle

Lead Strategist,
Oceans Plus

Cheryl Dahle is an entrepreneur and journalist and has spent more than ten years working at the intersection of business acumen and social change. Her current project is launching Oceans Plus, an innovation hub designed to help the seafood industry meet the world fishery crisis with scalable solutions that are both profitable and environmentally sound. Oceans Plus is the result of an 18-month project Ms. Dahle co-led to design new approaches to drive sustainable fishing, as well as new strategies for the role of foundations in creating change.
Prior to her work with fisheries, she was the director of Ashoka’s Discovery Group, where she created a consulting product and practice to distill knowledge from the organization’s worldwide network of innovators. Ms. Dahle’s original work enabled foundations to engage in “entrepreneurial philanthropy.”
Ms. Dahle also founded and led Fast Company magazine’s Social Capitalist awards, a competition to surface top social entrepreneurs. As the project manager for four years, she helped design an evaluation methodology and sifted through hundreds of non-profit applications each year to identify compelling models for change.
As a consultant devising hybrid business and social solutions, Ms. Dahle has served leading organizations such as Humanity United, Nike, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University. As a journalist, she joined Fast Company as employee No. 24 shortly after the magazine launched in Boston. She has written extensively on innovation, business, sustainability, and social entrepreneurs for many publications, including CIO magazine and The New York Times.