Jacqueline Novogratz is CEO of Acumen. Under her leadership, Acumen has invested $88million in 82 companies delivering agricultural inputs, education, energy, health care, housing and water to the poor in Africa, Latin America and South Asia. Fast Company named Acumen one of the world’s Top 10 Most Innovative nonprofits in 2014. Novogratz was featured on the cover of Forbes and named one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers and The Daily Beast’s 25 Smartest People of the Decade.
Prior to Acumen, Novogratz founded and directed The Philanthropy Workshop and The Next Generation Leadership programs at The Rockefeller Foundation. She also co-founded Duterimbere, a micro-finance institution in Rwanda. She began her career in international banking with Chase Manhattan Bank. Jacqueline currently sits on the advisory boards of Sonen Capital and the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative. She serves on the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees and the board of IDEO.org, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Sustainable Development. Her bestselling memoir The Blue Sweater chronicles her quest to understand poverty and bring dignity to the poor.