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Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

Suzi Sosa named Senior Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship

Suzi Sosa, President and Founder of the MPOWER Foundation, has been named a Senior Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship at the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

Ms. Sosa will be researching and writing about social entrepreneurship, while helping with the RGK Center’s graduate and undergraduate teaching in this area. She will also continue serving as a Final Judge in the Center’s Dell Social Innovation Competition.

RGK Center Director Frumkin notes: “Suzi brings both a deep understanding and practical experience to the table. We are delighted to welcome her to the RGK Center as a fellow, and we are eager to see the contribution to knowledge and teaching she will make in the area social innovation and entrepreneurship.”

One of the first projects Ms. Sosa will undertake is a joint paper with Frumkin on how social entrepreneurs go about choosing amongst nonprofit, for-profit or even hybrid forms for the organizations they create.

The MPOWER Foundation is an independent, charitable organization supported by the MPOWER Group — a socially committed venture capital fund and portfolio of social impact companies dedicated to the financial empowerment of underserved people. With a vision of a world in which all individuals have an opportunity to participate freely in markets and thereby to escape poverty and disenfranchisement, the MPOWER Foundation funds and operates nonprofit programs, catalyzes strategic public/private and non-profit/private partnerships, and provides an independent forum for the creation and dissemination of ideas that empower the underserved.

Among its programs, the MPOWER Foundation has launched The Empowerment Lab at Harvard University, a cutting-edge applied research center focused on “Trillion Dollar Problems” affecting the underserved, and RISE, a not-for-profit global entrepreneurship program that connects, empowers, and inspires entrepreneurs.

“Our belief is that there is a methodology that can be used to find, vet, and launch socially entrepreneurial ideas, and that by providing budding social entrepreneurs with that framework we can both accelerate the progress and increase the likelihood of success of those ambitious endeavors,” Sosa said.

Previously, Ms. Sosa served as an economic development specialist in the U.S. Department of Commerce, and as a special advisor to the Prime Ministers of Lebanon and Bermuda. Her areas of expertise include: economic development, social entrepreneurship, and impact investing. She has a Masters in Public Administration in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a B.A. in Plan II from The University of Texas at Austin.

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