Jacqueline Novogratz

Founder and CEO of Acumen

Jacqueline Novogratz is the Founder and CEO of Acumen. Under Jacqueline’s leadership, Acumen has invested over $88M in 82 companies in South Asia and Africa focused on delivering healthcare, water, housing, education and energy to the poor. These companies have created and supported 60,000 jobs, bringing basic services to over 125M people. Before Acumen, Jacqueline founded and directed the Rockefeller Foundation’s The Philanthropy Workshop and The Next Generation Leadership programs, co-founded Duterimbere, a micro-finance institution in Rwanda, and began her career in international banking with Chase Manhattan Bank. Jacqueline has been featured on the cover of Forbes magazine and sits on several advisory councils and boards, such as the Aspen Institute and Her best-selling memoir The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World chronicles her quest to understand poverty and challenges readers to grant dignity to the poor. She holds an MBA from Stanford and a BA from the University of Virginia.