Leslie Crutchfield

Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI)

Executive Director

Leslie Crutchfield is a leading authority on social movements, scaling social impact and catalytic philanthropy. She serves as executive director of Georgetown University’s Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) at the McDonough School of Business. GSEI delivers world-class education, research and actionable cross-sector solutions to create lasting social, economic, and environmental change.

Crutchfield’s latest book, How Change Happens: Why Some Social Movements Succeed While Others Don’t (Wiley 2018), explores social movements. She is also co-author of the best-selling, critically acclaimed book, Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits (Wiley 2007; 2012), recognized by The Economist on its Best Books of Year list as “a serious piece of research.” Forces for Good is in its eighth printing and is published in three languages globally. She also co-authored Do More Than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World (Wiley 2011) as senior advisor at FSG, the global nonprofit social impact consulting firm.

She previously served as a managing director and director at Ashoka, the global venture organization for social entrepreneurs. In the 1990s, Crutchfield co-founded and led a nonprofit social enterprise that published a national magazine.

Crutchfield is an active media contributor with commentary in Fortune, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Stanford Social Innovation Review, and she has appeared on programs such as ABC News, FOX, NPR, and PBS. Leslie has served on the board of SEED Foundation and other nonprofits, and she volunteered with Crossroads Africa in The Gambia.

She earned an B.A. in government at Harvard University and an MBA at Harvard Business School. Crutchfield is an adjunct professor at Georgetown teaching corporate responsibility and she offers a nonprofit leadership course on Lynda.com.