Vanessa Kirsch is Founder and CEO of New Profit, a venture philanthropy organization that provides growth capital and strategic support to a portfolio of breakthrough social entrepreneurs to help them dramatically scale their impact. As New Profit celebrates its 20th anniversary, Vanessa has led the organization in setting a bold vision to shape the future of philanthropy and catalyze a diverse next generation of social entrepreneurs. Prior to founding New Profit in 1998, Vanessa launched two other social enterprises, Public Allies and the Women's Information Network (WIN).
Vanessa was chosen by the The NonProfit Times for the “Power and Influence Top 50” list, by Boston Magazine for the “Most Powerful Boston Philanthropists,” and by Inside Philanthropy for the “50 Most Powerful Women in Philanthropy” list. She received the Leadership in Social Entrepreneurship Award from Duke University’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship. Ernst & Young named her “Entrepreneur of the Year” in the category of social entrepreneurship and she has been recognized by Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report as a leader of her generation. Forbes identified Vanessa as one of 15 innovators who will reinvent the future. In 2014, Vanessa and her husband, Alan Khazei, were named by FORTUNE magazine and CNNMoney to their list of “World’s Greatest Leaders: 9 Dynamic Duos.” Vanessa has also been published in the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company Co.Exist, and other publications.
Vanessa lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with her husband and their two children. She is a graduate of Tufts University and serves on the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life Board of Advisors, and has served on the boards of Eye to Eye, New Leaders, Stand for Children, and College Summit.