Eric Leenson, Co-director
Eric Leenson is President of Sol Economics, a firm that builds strong links between socially responsible enterprises throughout the Americas. He has been involved in the fields of socially responsible investing (SRI) and business for more than 25 years, co founding Progressive Asset Management, Inc. (PAM). He managed client portfolios, served as CFO and ultimately became CEO. PAM was the first full service US brokerage to specialize in SRI.
Eric has long been an active member of many business networks in both the United States and in Latin America. He acted as a liaison between the B Corp movement in the U.S. and the founders of Sistema B in South America.
Dan Geiger, Co-director
Dan Geiger is a social entrepreneur with a passion for sustainability and social equity. Currently Principal of Dan Geiger Consulting, he has more than 25 years of start-up, executive and consulting experience in business, nonprofits, and philanthropy. Previously, Dan was the first Executive Director of the U.S. Green Building Council - Northern California Chapter, where he developed several market transforming initiatives, built partnerships with leading global corporations, and oversaw advocacy programs.
Dan was a founder and CEO of two additional organizations, an early leader in the socially responsible investing movement, and has consulted extensively on strategy, business planning, special projects and philanthropy. He has an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC-Berkeley.
Claudia Viek has been CEO of CAMEO since 2007. She has been a pioneer in both the Micro Enterprise and business incubation fields in California. She is the former Executive Director (14 years) of the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center. Renaissance is an award winning training, financing and business incubation program in San Francisco. Claudia is on the Association for Economic Opportunity board. Claudia served on the Board of the National Business Incubation Association and founded the Pacific Incubation Network of business incubators from Baja to Alaska. Claudia is the past President of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of NAWBO and continues to serve on numerous nonprofit boards in her community.
Guillermo Prado has worked in the graphic communication field for over 30 years. Serving mostly small business, non-profit organizations, artists and art groups in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York, Singapore, Chile, and Maldives. He has collaborated with different groups on a variety of projects, including capital campaigns, films, and recordings. Mr. Prado is the founder and president of 8 point 2 design, as well as co-founder and principal of six word solutions, a marketing firm. Mr. Prado is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English.
Jenny Kassan has been an attorney for social enterprises for 22 years. She is also a certified transformational coach, social entrepreneur, and finance innovator. Her formula for mission-aligned capital raising has helped diverse entrepreneurs throughout the country raise millions of dollars on their own terms. In addition to running her own firm, she is president of Community Ventures, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the economic and social development of communities.
Her new book Raise Capital on Your Own Terms: How to Fund Your Business without Selling Your Soul, will come out in Fall 2017.
Michael Hannigan is President of Give Something Back Office Supplies, one of California’s largest B to B office supply companies. Founded in Oakland in 1991 and modeled on Newman’s Own food company, GSB’s profits are donated to non-profit groups selected by customers and employees. Give Something Back is a Founding B-Corporation and first to convert to a California Benefit Corporation in 2012. GSB has garnered numerous awards including Corporate Grant maker of the Year, US SBA Business of the Year and Most Generous Company in America, from Paul Newman and John Kennedy Jr.