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.

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