Jennifer McCrea is a Senior Research Fellow at the Hauser Institute for Civil Society at Harvard University. She serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board at the MIT Media Lab and is the co-founder of Born Free Africa. She is a frequent speaker and writer on the topic of money, meaning and social change and the co-author of the best-selling book, The Generosity Network.
For more than 25 years, she has partnered with philanthropists, board members and social change leaders to think more creatively and collaboratively about ways in which to align strategic direction and resources. Jennifer has worked with a wide range of non-profit organizations and companies including Acumen, DonorsChoose.org, Grameen America, Council on Foreign Relations, Condé Nast, Teach for America, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Credit Suisse, Pencils of Promise, charity: water, Witness, Mercy Corps, Comic Relief, X Prize Foundation, Creative Commons, VisionSpring, Robin Hood Foundation and many others.
Jennifer founded and is Faculty Chair for her popular Exponential Fundraising Course at Harvard. She has also led seminars and workshops for, among others, Ashoka, Skoll World Forum, TED, Board Source, Social Venture Philanthropy, Draper Richards Kaplan, New Profit, Echoing Green, Harvard Business School, Wharton and Oxford University.
Jennifer is a board member at Just Capital, Pioneer Works, Target Zero and the Quincy Jones MusiQ Consortium and on the advisory board of the Blue School. She is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.