Bio

Hi, my name is Jeff.  I’ve lived in Durham, NC since 1995. I’ve grew up in Wyckoff, NJ until I was 14, then moved to Baton Rouge, LA. I work at the Museum of Life and Science, and volunteer with the Social Enterprise Network of the Triangle, Triangle United Way and the Fuqua School of Business.  I like music, movies, books, and  comedy – usually the more modern and experimental stuff.

I’ve decided to stop seeking work/life balance and instead seek work/life integration. It seems that things naturally trend that way for me anyway. One of my MBA classmates described my style as “slacking by doing.” Mobile devices and the internet have made this bunches easier.

I really like big picture strategic thinking. Writing and evaluating business plans is fun. I also enjoy marketing. I have a knack for naming things.

The section below was written in May of 2008, the last time I had to write a proper “bio.” If you want to see more current stuff, I’m also on tumblr, twitter, LinkedIn and facebook. And friendfeed has the firehose as long as that exists. I occasionally share stuff on Google Reader too.

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I am currently the Director for Membership Advancement at the Museum of Life + Science in Durham, NC. In my spare time, I am also an independent consultant specializing in start-ups, strategy and social enterprise. I received my MBA in May 2003 from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, where I completed an internship at the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) and co-founded the Fuqua-On-Board program, involving MBA students in board service at local nonprofits. My undergrad degree from Connecticut College is a B.A. in psychology.

I have been an instructor for Duke University’s Certificate Program in Non-Profit Management for over a decade, teaching courses on Board Service, Communication & Presentation Skills, Social Entrepreneurship, and Intergenerational Management. From 2003-2006, I was the Executive Director of Laboratories for Learning, a non-profit educational organization bringing biotechnology and entrepreneurship programs to traditionally under-represented students. This was a startup nonprofit, and I left when it was acquired by a larger  nonprofit (the NC School of Science and Mamthematics).

Prior to attending Fuqua, I spent eight years in nonprofit management and education. From 1998-2001, I worked in Durham Public Schools as Coordinator of Elementary Programs, with responsibility for before and after-school programming at 23 schools. From 1995 to 1998, I ran the largest youth service program in the state of NC, at the Volunteer Center of Greater Durham. During this time, I coordinated over 1,000 volunteers at 150 agencies, and was the recipient of several Learn and Serve America grants.

I have co-founded two non-profits (ncyt, NC’s network for young nonprofit professionals, and AIM, the Alliance for Improvised Music), and have served as a board member and volunteer for several others, including Board stints at radio stations WCNI and WXDU. I recently completed Board service terms as President of the Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County and as Vice-Chair of NCYT, North Carolina’s network for young nonprofit professionals. I’m always seeking new challenges and have recently been looking at how nonprofits can incorporate new technology into their strategic plans to increase their impact.

2 responses to “Bio

  1. Thanks for the shout out last year – the Social Edge gift guide for social entrepreneurs is back this year with new ideas. Love to have your feedback.

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  2. Great to see people like you, I will save and book mark your blog.

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