Executive Director, NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program
Gabriel Brodbar is the founding Executive Director of the Social Entrepreneurship Program at New York University (www.nyu.edu/social-entrepreneurship). Among the first cross-university initiatives of its kind, the program works with students from across NYU who seek to realize pattern breaking change of social importance in sustainable and scalable ways. The program also brings significant social entrepreneurial resources to the NYU and NYC communities, including the Social Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century Speaker Series, executive education programming, social venture business plan competitions, and new classes in social entrepreneurship. Recently, Gabriel secured a $2m gift from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to launch a major new 2018 social venture competition supporting entrepreneurs using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to increase access to secondary and post-secondary educational opportunities for minority students.
Prior to joining NYU, Gabriel served as the Director of Darting¬ton-i New York, a national and international consulting firm providing a wide range of research and practice tools to city and state child welfare and social service systems, with special expertise in performance contracting systems and supportive housing development. He is the former founding Director of the Office of Housing Policy and Development at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, where he developed and implemented a data-based method of policy analysis that led to a fundamental change in New York City’s housing policy for children, families and young adults involved in the child welfare system. Prior to that, Gabriel developed and operated award-winning, drop-out prevention and college preparatory programs for at-risk high school students in Houston and New York City including Upward Bound, AmeriCorps, and Liberty Partnership Programs.
Gabriel is a founding member of the Child Welfare League of America’s National Homelessness Advisory Panel, a member of The Advisory Board of WomanFashFilm, a Teach For America alumnus (‘91), holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the CUNY Hunter College School of Social Work and a Masters in Business Administration from the Zicklin School of Business at CUNY Baruch College. His published work on the intersections of foster care and homelessness, community-based needs assessment tools and social entrepreneurship can be found in Child Welfare, The Social Service Review, and Beyond Profit. He has been quoted in the New York Times, and has taught the NYU undergraduate class Understanding Social Entrepreneurship.