Robert J. Caruso
Chairman and Managing Partner of SOCAP
Chairman and Managing Partner of SOCAP
Robert Caruso is Founder and Chairman of The Impact Republic Company, a global marketing and digital technology company; and is the Founder and Chairman of the Kantian Group, an investment company that invents, incubates and invests in a new generation of purpose driven companies. Prior to these positions, Bob Caruso was Managing Partner and the President of Select Equity Group, Inc. Select Equity Group and its affiliates manage more than $16 Billion in client funds in the global public and private equity markets. Caruso was responsible for the day-to-day management of the firm and its operations. Prior to Select Equity, Caruso was a Managing Partner, Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors’ of Highbridge Capital Management. Highbridge Capital Management and its affiliates managed more than $40 Billion in client funds in the global debt and equity securities, private equity, currencies and commodities markets. Prior to Highbridge Capital Management, Caruso was a Managing Director, Chief Financial Officer and the Treasurer of Robertson Stephens, a San Francisco-based global investment bank.
Managing Partner and Board Member of SOCAP
He is also Founder and CEO of V2V, where he sets the vision, manages the core resources and helps maximize synergies with the diverse skills of their partners. His primary client focus is the financial services industry. John is a Co-Founder and passive shareholder of Snowden Capital Advisors, an independent boutique wealth management firm. Prior to Snowden, John was Chairman and CEO of Clearbrook Financial, an institutional asset management consultant and turn key asset management platform to serve family offices and institutional investors. John spent 23 years at Merrill Lynch working with global clients, initially for 15 years in London and Dubai, and then in New York where he was Chairman of Latin America. John later had responsibility for all International Product and Marketing. John holds the Series 7, 24 and 79 licenses and graduated from Bucknell University with a BA in Economics. He also served as President of the American Business Council in Dubai.
Co-Founder & Executive Producer, SOCAP
Chairman, Board of Directors and Co-Founder Mission Hub, LLC
Board Director, Mission Hub LLC
Rosa Lee is the Executive Producer of SOCAP17 and has been a producer throughout the growth of the conference from 600 people in 2008 to more than 2,700 in 2015. She is a successful serial entrepreneur and for 25 years was an owner and publisher of newspapers, magazines, and trade journals, accomplishing turnarounds and launching successful startups that became the top publications in their markets. In 1996 she left the business world to become an Episcopal priest serving Holy Innocents in San Francisco for nearly 13 years. Having one foot in the faith world and one foot in entrepreneurship has been a great place from which to grow the conference at the intersection of money and meaning.
Co-Founder & Convener, SOCAP
Co-Founder, Good Capital
Kevin Jones creates information businesses inside emerging markets. He believes that markets emerge in conversation, as people try to explain and understand value. But this market is not like others he’s been in, and that’s what makes it more interesting and more important. Kevin is also founder of Good Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in social enterprises. His latest GoodCap incubated project can be found at NeighborhoodEconomics.org. The Good Cap portfolio companies where he leads engagement are: startgrid.com and Newsdeeply.com.
Producer and Curator, SOCAP
Lindsay curates all content for SOCAP, and also oversees production, marketing, and business development. Over the last four years, Lindsay has worked on the SOCAP Conference as Entrepreneur Coordinator (2012), Program Manager for the Oceans track (2013) Senior Content Associate (2014), and Director of Programming (2015). Lindsay was previously Strategic Initiatives Officer at ImpactAssets where she was focused on building knowledge resources that advance the field of impact investing, such as Issue Briefs and the annual ImpactAssets 50. Lindsay is a graduate of Columbia Business School and Pomona College.
Director of Business Development, SOCAP
Jamie joined SOCAP and Mission Hub in 2015 following four years as Community Director at the New Organizing Institute and Director of RootsCamp, the nation’s largest progressive “unconference.” Prior to that, Jamie produced more than 200 Broadway concerts and events, benefiting organizations such as The Matthew Shepard Foundation, National AIDS Fund, United Nations Association and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. In 2007, in his free time, Jamie was a cartoon voice actor for Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh! and several other animated features. He lives in DC with his husband, Sean, and dog, Eli.
President and Co-founder, ImpactAssets and Good Capital
Tim is an innovator of financial instruments for impact investing and social entrepreneurship. Over the last 18 years, he served in a number of capacities at Calvert Foundation, and conceived of and launched the Giving Fund – a more than $300 million impact investment-based donor advised fund that was spun out from Calvert Foundation as ImpactAssets, where he serves as President. He also co-founded Good Capital, which manages the Social Enterprise Expansion Fund LP, and helped to found the SOCAP conference and Impact Hub locations in San Francisco, Berkeley, New York City, and Washington DC.
Product Manager, SOCAP 365
Liz joins the SOCAP team after running the events and programming at Impact Hub NYC, including the pilot Impact Bazaar, a new model for connecting social innovators and local impact ecosystems. Previously, Liz consulted and emceed with The Feast, built partnerships and organized national actions for the non-governmental U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, and ran an international artist residency program in Italy, designed to revitalize underused historic spaces via international cultural development: Art Monastery Project. Originally from New Orleans, Liz now lives in NYC and can be most frequently found somewhere between progressive convenings and daytime dance parties.
Business Development and Strategic Partnerships for the Good Capital Project
Prior to joining the Good Capital Project, Danner founded and was the Chief Executive Officer of TAYLR, a digital marketplace for ethically manufactured clothing and accessories. With his co-founders, Danner built TAYLR from scratch and bootstrapped the venture’s growth to tens of thousands of customers and over 10,000 products before securing venture capital. Danner is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and currently lives in New York City. He is an avid cook and cyclist. Danner received his BA from Case Western Reserve University, where he studied Art History, Political Science, and Classics.
Fabienne, a native of France, was raised by parents who were enthusiastic early adopters of organic gardening. She ate fantastic fresh food throughout her childhood, and to this day strives to re-create those wonderful tastes for her friends and family. After studying law in France, she moved to San Francisco to join her husband and raise her children. She has been the SOCAP Registrar since 2011.
Justin leads the SOCAP17 marketing team with over a decade of experience in Internet marketing and event promotion. He is the Founder and Director of Strategy at JB Media Group, an online marketing agency based in Asheville, NC and a lead instructor for the JB Media Institute. An organizer of Start-up Weekend and 1 Million Cups in Asheville, Justin is committed to supporting the start-up community and passionate about social entrepreneurship.
Diana brings more than 15 years of creativity and experience in managing large-scale events and programs to SOCAP17 and has led production for SOCAP16, SOCAP15, SOCAP Health, Share, SOCAP14 and SOCAP13. Diana has an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise, and combines a passion for producing events with a social mission with the expertise to manage them in an environmentally responsible way. Diana is also the founder of Groundswell Marketing.