Georgia Levenson Keohane

Senior Fellow, Program on Profits & Purpose

Georgia Levenson Keohane is the Executive Director of the Pershing Square Foundation, a New York-based family foundation that supports exceptional leaders and innovative organizations that tackle important social issues and deliver scalable and sustainable impact. She is also a professor in the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School, and author of Capital and the Common Good: How Innovative Finance is Tackling the World's Most Urgent Problems (Columbia University, 2016) and Social Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century: Innovation Across the Nonprofit, Private and Public Sectors (McGraw Hill 2013).  From 2014-2016, Keohane directed New America's Profits & Purpose program, an initiative exploring ways in which social entrepreneurship, innovation, and finance addresses some of our most pressing social and economic challenges.

Keohane speaks and writes regularly on social and economic policy and the intersection of business and society. Her work has appeared in the New York TimesForeign AffairsTimethe Harvard Business Review, the Washington MonthlySlate, the Nation, and other publications.  From 2011-2014, she  was a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, where she worked on a range of issues in economic policy, including poverty and inequality, employment and job growth, social entrepreneurship and the role of firms in society.

Keohane’s career has bridged the private and nonprofit sectors.  A former McKinsey consultant, she advises a number of organizations including philanthropies, community development and finance organizations, educational entities, think tanks and social purpose companies.  She has taught at Yale, and serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations.

Keohane holds a B.A. from Yale University, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and an M.Sc. from London School of Economics, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

All Work

NEW AMERICA NYC
Wall Street's Stake in the UN

The Sustainable Development Goals will only be achieved by 2030 with cross-sector partnerships and a commitment to equitable development.


PROFITS & PURPOSE and NEW AMERICA NYC
Capital and the Common Good

Innovative finance is fusing monetary value and social value to better tackle the world's most pressing challenges.


Investing in Hope: Innovative Finance for the World’s Refugees

We need more and smarter resources to tackle the refugee crisis.


PROFITS & PURPOSE
Capital and the Common Good

Georgia Levenson Keohane argues that innovative finance is as much about incentives and sound decision-making as it is about money.


PROFITS & PURPOSE and NEW AMERICA NYC
On The Frontier

For some, emerging markets appear to be a turbulent and risky frontier; for others, they represent an opportunity.


PROFITS & PURPOSE and NEW AMERICA NYC
Living City, Living Wage

New York's economic dynamism has long been a hallmark of the city, but today, many find themselves unemployed on in low-wage jobs.


PROFITS & PURPOSE and NEW AMERICA NYC
I Am Because You Are Podcast

In under-resourced communities across the world, a new breed of change marker–the social entrepreneur–has been tackling issues of poverty.


PROFITS & PURPOSE
You Need Green to Do Green

"There's no better partnership for a discussion connecting environmental activism and environmental justice and the intersection of a whole


PROFITS & PURPOSE and NEW AMERICA NYC
The New New York Activists Podcast

New York may be known as a concrete jungle, but it's also an important center of green activism.


PROFITS & PURPOSE
A Week of Social Impact for Business

Helping make that case are the growing number of companies that view sustainability as central to their long-term profitability. On Wednesda


PROFITS & PURPOSE
GDP Is a Bad Measure of Our Economy—Here’s a Better One

The SPI is also part of a larger revolution – across business, civil society, and government – to measure what matters.


PROFITS & PURPOSE
The New Recipe for Female Entrepreneurs to Find Success

When it comes to women and entrepreneurship, the story is both worse – and more promising. The gender gap in entrepreneurship is a real and