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NYU REYNOLDS Expert Advisors

ANDREW KASSOY

Co-Founder of B Corporation
Reynolds Expert Advisor in Impact Metrics
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B Corporations™ are a new type of corporation which use the power of business to create public benefit. B Corporations™: 1) meet comprehensive and transparent social and environmental performance standards by achieving a minimum score on the B Ratings System; 2) legally expand the responsibilities of the corporation to include consideration of stakeholder interests; and 3) build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand. There are over 125 certified B Corporations, representing a diverse $900 million marketplace.

B Lab is the non-profit 501(c)3 organization that certifies, promotes, and supports B Corporations™. It also develops long-term capital markets and policy initiatives to accelerate growth of this emerging sector of the economy that unites the sustainable business and social enterprise movements.

Before leaving the private sector to form B Lab with two long-time friends and college mates, Jay Coen Gilbert and Bart Houlahan, Andrew spent 16 years in the private equity business; as a Partner at MSD Real Estate Capital, an affiliate of MSD Capital, the $12 billion investment vehicle for Michael Dell; and before MSD, as Managing Director in Credit Suisse First Boston's Private Equity Department, a founding partner of DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners, and President of its international business.

Andrew is dedicated to growing innovative for-profit and non-profit models for social change. He is a Board Member of the Freelancers Union and the Freelancers Union Insurance Company, which provide affordable health insurance and other financial services to independent workers in thirty-two states; a Board Member of Echoing Green, a non-profit venture fund that provides seed capital to emerging social entrepreneurs; an Advisory Board member of Wall St. Without Walls, a non-profit which provides capital markets and investment banking expertise to community development organizations; and a member of the investment committee of the Patient Capital Collaborative, a venture capital fund for businesses that create direct social impact. He is also an Expert Advisor in Impact Metrics for the NYU Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship.

Andrew was raised in Boulder, Colorado and graduated with Distinction from Stanford University where he was a Truman Scholar and President's Award winner. In 2001, he was named a Henry Crown Fellow by the Aspen Institute. In the past, he has been active in Colorado politics and as a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He enjoys skiing, backpacking, running, cooking, and the violin. He lives in New York City with his wife, Kamy Wicoff, a writer, and their two sons, the Emperor Maximilian (four years) and the Boy King Jedidiah (two years).