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Yordanos Eyoel  

Founder and CEO
Malden, MA


With experiences across four continents, Yordanos Eyoel, an Ethiopian-American democracy entrepreneur, is the Founder and CEO of Keseb, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization pioneering a global entrepreneurship ecosystem of pro-democracy entrepreneurs, activists, funders, and scholars to advance inclusive democracies.
Yordanos holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science, Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Florida, where she was inducted into the University Hall of Fame. She also holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School. In 2017, Yordanos co-founded and served as the International Spokesperson of the Sister March Network that mobilized over 4 million people for the 2017 Women’s March. Yordanos serves as the Interim Board Chair of PushBlack, the largest nonprofit media organization for Black Americans. Yordanos’ work and writing has been featured in Fast Company, Stanford Social Innovation Review, WBUR/NPR, and We the Possibility by Harvard Business Review, among others. Previously, Yordanos was a Managing Partner at New Profit, where she was the first person in the organization’s 22-year history to grow from Portfolio Analyst to Managing Partner. As Managing Partner, she grew New Profit’s early-stage portfolio by 3x in 4 years, supporting approximately 100 early-stage organizations, 80% led by people of color. In 2019, Yordanos founded New Profit's Civic Lab, the first nonpartisan venture philanthropy initiative in the U.S. to invest in innovative solutions building civic trust and a strong civic culture in America. Yordanos is the 2020 City of Boston Spark Impact Award winner,  a Visiting Fellow at the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University, and a Fellow of the second class of the Civil Society Fellowship, a Partnership of ADL and The Aspen Institute.

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