Moral Leadership in Imperfect Times

Speaker Biographies and Video of the Event

Speaker Biographies

Jacqueline Novogratz

Jacqueline Novogratz is the New York Times best-selling author of The Blue Sweater. Her second book, Manifesto for a Moral Revolution: Practices to Build a Better World, was published in May 2020.

In 2001, Jacqueline founded Acumen with the idea of investing philanthropic patient capital in entrepreneurs seeking to solve the toughest issues of poverty. As a pioneer of impact investing, Acumen and its investments have brought critical services like healthcare, education, and clean energy to hundreds of millions of low-income people.

After supporting hundreds of entrepreneurs, Jacqueline and her team recognized character as the crucial ingredient for success; in 2020, they launched Acumen Academy to instruct others in global social change. Under Jacqueline’s leadership, Acumen also has launched several for-profit impact funds designed to invest at the intersection of poverty and climate change and has spun off 60 Decibels, founded on the principle that serving all stakeholders is as important as enriching shareholders.

Jacqueline has been named one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy, one of the 25 Smartest People of the Decade by the Daily Beast, and one of the world’s 100 Greatest Living Business Minds by Forbes, which also honored her with the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Entrepreneurship.


Danny Grossman

Danny is the Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. He was formerly a business owner and entrepreneur. He has served extensively on the Federation’s Board of Directors, Endowment, and other committees, as well as on numerous Jewish and non-Jewish boards. He brings decades of experience as a leader in the Bay Area’s Jewish and civic communities, and many years of business and public sector leadership. He was the founder and CEO of both SLOW Food for Fast Lives and Wild Planet Entertainment. He also served for seven years in the U.S. Foreign Service, as a diplomat in India, the Soviet Union, Austria, and at the Department of State. He holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University and received his B.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University. Danny is blessed to be married to Linda Gerard and to be the father of Noah and Jonah.