A leading national expert on social innovation and shared value will serve as the next Senior Fellow at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the school announced late last week. Jonathan Greenblatt, who currently serves as Special Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, will become a Wharton Senior Fellow beginning in January, where he will work with the Wharton Social Impact Initiative and lecture on campus for the remainder of the 2014-2015 academic year.
Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett expressed his excitement that Greenblatt would soon be on campus working with students and faculty. “He brings a unique perspective on innovation and leadership, enriched by a rare combination of experiences at the highest level of government, business and the nonprofit world,” he said in a statement.
In addition to his roles at the White House, Greenblatt was also recently named the new national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), where he will begin service in July 2015. A serial social entrepreneur, he has started or scaled multiple successful ventures, including Ethos Brands, which launched Ethos Water, a premium bottled water that helps provide clean water to children around the world. Greenblatt was also founder and CEO of All For Good, an open source platform developed to enable more Americans to become involved with community service. Before joining the Obama Administration in 2011, he also worked as CEO of GOOD Worldwide and as a longtime member of the faculty at UCLA.
As a Wharton Senior Fellow, Greenblatt will lecture on topics including impact investing, shared value, social entrepreneurship, cross-sector leadership and nonprofit management and strategy.