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Cathy Clark

Adjunct Asst. Professor, Duke University, CASE


Catherine Clark is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, where she teaches Management 426, "Social Entrepreneurship." Cathy has been an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School since 2001 where she created Columbia's graduate MBA course on social entrepreneurship, and is Founder and Director of Columbia's Research Initiative on Social Entrepreneurship (RISE). Previously, she was Founder and Managing Director of the Flatiron Future Fund, a social venture capital fund, and Founder and President of the Flatiron Foundation, both incubated by Flatiron Partners, a JP Morgan Partners affiliate. Formerly, she was Vice President at the Markle Foundation, where for over seven years she helped manage the foundation's portfolio of grants and program-related investments focused on the social benefits of media and communications technologies. She has also worked with or consulted to a diverse list of nonprofit and for-profit organizations, foundations and investment groups, including: The Aspen Institute, Baldwin Brothers, B Lab, the Carnegie Corporation, Commons Capital, Net Impact, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, Springboard Enterprises, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, and The US Agency for International Development. Cathy continues to serve as Columbia's Faculty Advisor for the Global Social Venture Competition, a program that recognizes exemplary MBA student social ventures in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors around the world. In addition, she is Co-Chair of Investors' Circle, a national membership organization of angel and institutional social investors, and Advisory Board Chair of Commons Capital, LP, a venture fund investing in health, clean energy, the environment and education. Cathy holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Columbia Business School.