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NYU REYNOLDS Expert Advisors


Managing Director of Ashoka
Reynolds Expert Advisor in Scalability
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Leslie Crutchfield is managing director of Ashoka's Global Academy for Social Entrepreneurship, a research grantee of The Aspen Institute's Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy Program, and a philanthropic advisor. Leslie is co-author of Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits, a forthcoming book about what makes great nonprofits great that is based on four years of empirical research on 12 of the most successful nonprofits founded in recent U.S. history (Jossey-Bass, October 2007).

Ashoka is the world's oldest and largest organization dedicated to supporting social entrepreneurs, with 2000 Fellows in more than 60 countries. Members of Ashoka's Global Academy include the "global greats" of social entrepreneurship, such as Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus. Leslie is creating new programs designed to help emerging social entrepreneurs and citizen leaders scale their impact by drawing on the wisdom and experience of Ashoka's Global Academy members.

In her twenties, Leslie co-founded Who Cares: The Tool Kit for Social Change, a national magazine for young activists published from 1993 1999 (circ. 50,000). She volunteered with Crossroads Africa in the Gambia, and serves on the board of the SEED Foundation in Washington. D.C. She holds an MBA and an AB from Harvard University, and resides in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband and two children.