Eric Kessler

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"Eric Kessler, Founder, Principal, and Senior Managing Director, Arabella Advisors, LLC

"Eric is the founder and a senior managing director of Arabella Advisors, where he has helped build a social venture firm dedicated to making philanthropy more effective. His insights on civil society and effective philanthropy are often quoted by Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and National Public Radio’s “Marketplace.” He is also a co-founder of the Creation Care Fund and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.

"Earlier in his career, Eric served as the national field director for the League of Conservation Voters and then as a White House appointee, helping to manage conservation issues during the Clinton Administration. He spent six years in the former Soviet Union, Southeast Asia, and throughout the Middle East, training civic and political organizations on effective organizing strategies and advising donors who invested in their efforts.

"Eric is on the boards of the James Beard Foundation and the National Democratic Institute. He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and Summit Series. He also serves as a trustee of his own family’s foundation, which holds assets generated by the sale of a fifth-generation family-owned business.

"Eric is a co-owner, with chef Mike Isabella, of Graffiato, Kapnos, and G, acclaimed restaurants in Washington, DC. He holds an International MBA from Georgetown University and a BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder."[1]

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  1. New Venture Fund Board, organizational web page, accessed April 19, 2019.