"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Mead
Alan launched the Social Innovation Initiative at the Swearer Center for Public Service in 2007. He teaches the introductory course in Social Entrepreneurship and recently launched Leading Social Ventures to support entrepreneurial students. He has partnered with faculty in several departments to introduce other complementary courses, was the lead advisor to the first Social Innovation independent concentrator, and supported the development of the Social Innovation and Non-Profit Leadership concentration within Brown’s Masters of Public Affairs program.
Before coming to Brown, Alan consulted to Amos House to launch More Than a Meal, a catering micro-business that provides employment training and opportunity to individuals as they rebuild healthy and successful lives after returning to their community after being incarcerated or to sustain their recovery from addiction and other difficulties. The business is financially self-sustainable providing opportunity to 20-25 individuals each year. Amos House has since opened restaurant, home-repair, and landscaping businesses that extends the model of social enterprise to more members of our community.
His work as a social entrepreneur is informed by his 20 years as a consultant, turnaround manager, and community volunteer. He currently serves on the boards of City Year Rhode Island, Social Venture Partners of RI, Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Enrichment, and CCChampions. He also served as a founding board member for Generation Citizen, as well as an advisor to Gardens for Health International, Real Food Challenge, Mali Health Organizing Project, Public Trust Project, and Runa. In 2013, Alan recieved the "Outstanding Leadership Award" from the Dell Social Innovation Challenge, which recognizes "leaders who’ve gone above and beyond in activating and mentoring their students."
Alan and his wife, Bari, have three children including 20-year old twin sons Jeremy & Gregory and 15-year old daughter Sophie. He and his family love to ski, scuba dive, and play catch with their chocolate lab, Quick.