Spotlight: Chris Cusack

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What drives you?

The opportunity to create novel solutions to address growing problems in our society.

How do you define social entrepreneurship?

“A social entrepreneur is a person who tackles a problem in society using, in the context of our work at Village Capital, a for-profit, scalable solution.”

Biggest SocEnt trend you have seen in the last 5 years?

“Over the last few years, we’ve begun to see an accelerated convergence between impact and traditional business, in large part driven by growing evidence that you can make an impact AND a market return. We’ve seen lots of recent evidence: Bain Capital just established their impact arm, led by former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, and Goldman Sachs bought Imprint Capital, a leader in impact investing.”

Background

Prior to Village Capital, Chris was a Venture for America Fellow with the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he worked on special projects for the executive team. Previously, he helped accelerate small community businesses in Northern Ireland with Lisburn People’s Support Project, where he also created an oral history database of individual experiences from The Troubles. As an undergraduate, he served as sports editor of The Chronicle, Duke University’s independent student newspaper. Chris holds degrees from Duke in public policy and economics

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