Social Enterprise Alliance: Champions for Social Enterprise

Since its inception as The National Gathering for Social Entrepreneurs in 1998, Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) has been a champion and key catalyst for the development of the social enterprise sector in the United States.

What We Do

Today, social enterprises are addressing an increasingly wide variety of social issues, across every major sector of the US economy and in nearly every corner of the world. But social enterprise as a movement lacks the capital, recognition and unity needed to realize its true potential for change.

As social enterprise and social entrepreneurship continue to expand across the United States, it needs a comprehensive vision, a clearly-defined perspective and a unified movement to attract capital for growth, effect government policy, facilitate cross-sector collaboration, raise consumer and investor awareness, and aggregate capacity and resources. Social Enterprise Alliance is the platform for such a movement of organizations and  individuals who dedicate themselves to social progress through social enterprise. In pursuit of these objectives, we support our members and ultimately advance the field by:

  • Building national and local social enterprise networks – With 992 members and 16 chapters across 39 states, Social Enterprise Alliance is the largest network of social entrepreneurs, social enterprise practitioners, supporters and enthusiasts in the United States. Social Enterprise Alliance’s Summit is the most prominent social enterprise convening in the United States and has brought together leaders, practitioners and newcomers from the field since 1998. In between the Summit and chapter events, members of Social Enterprise Alliance can connect virtually by leveraging the Member Directory and Online Community to engage with peers, learn from colleagues and discover collaboration opportunities.
  • Raising awareness of social enterprise – Through national partnerships with organizations like America Forward, REDF, Catalyst Kitchens and Catholic Charities USA, Social Enterprise Alliance makes the case for social enterprise and works to create an ecosystem in which social enterprises can thrive. Social Enterprise Alliance gives members a national platform to raise awareness for their work by giving them access to an online social enterprise Job and Events Board and Marketplace. We promote their work through a robust Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and newsletter communications presence that advocates for member organizations and educates a broader audience about social enterprise.
  • Curating and sharing knowledge to build capacity – Through a variety of offerings including the online Knowledge Center, the most widely-read social enterprise newsletter and expert webinars, Social Enterprise Alliance is the go-to source for the intellectual capital which fuels social enterprise.

Our Mission, Vision and Values

We empower social enterprises to address basic needs and create opportunity for all.

Our vision is for social enterprise to reach its potential as a force for more effective and sustainable social impact. We empower social enterprises and social entrepreneurs with the tools and resources they need to succeed, and work to foster a social enterprise ecosystem in which they can thrive.
As our network of members and partners work to address basic needs and change the lives of individuals worldwide, we are guided by the following values:

  • Foster Potential: We believe in the ability of social enterprises and marginalized communities to change the world. We work to expand and complement their capacity to create opportunity for all.
  • Embrace Inclusivity: We welcome people with diverse viewpoints, experiences and perspectives. We embrace difference within our team and serve as a space for people at all stages of their social enterprise journey.
  • Encourage Change: We know that effecting change is necessary to fulfill basic unmet needs. We drive solutions forward with creativity and an entrepreneurial ethos.
  • Show Compassion: We keep the significance of our work close to heart. We work to fully comprehend the problems social enterprise seeks to solve, and in doing so seek to learn from others.
  • Create Unity: We are a community of people committed to a shared passion for social change through social enterprise. We work together in pursuit of the common good by fostering connections, encouraging communication and convening the field.
Fans & Followers

SEA Staff

Caroline Bernardi

Community Coordinator

Mikaela Clark

Communications Coordinator

Kila Englebrook

President and CEO

Elisa Morales

Strategic Partnerships Manager

Hannah Pechan

Nashville SEA

Daina Storey

Community Outreach Coordinator

SEA Board

Cecily Jackson-Zapata

Sustainable Law Group, P.C.

Vivienne Lee


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Jim Schorr

Vanderbilt University

Dannielle Campos

Bank of America

Ted Levinson

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