Jacqueline Novogratz is a social entrepreneur, author, and speaker. She is the founder and CEO of Acumen. This global nonprofit organization uses patient capital to build businesses that serve low-income communities in Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and the United States.
Before founding Acumen, Novogratz worked as a Wall Street analyst and consultant at McKinsey & Company. She also worked as a development worker and social entrepreneur for several years in West Africa.
In her book "The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World," Novogratz tells the story of her journey to understand poverty and her experiences working in Africa and with social entrepreneurs. She got her Bachelor's degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of Virginia. She also holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Novogratz has been recognized as a leader in impact investing and social entrepreneurship. She was included in the Time 100 list in the year 2011. The Time 100 is an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, as selected by Time magazine. The Time 100 list is divided into categories such as leaders, artists, and icons, and Novogratz was listed in the "Leaders" category. Being part of this list is an excellent recognition of the impact and influence of the organization's work and her contributions to the field of impact investing and social entrepreneurship.