Thom Ruhe (Co-Chair)
|Thom Ruhe is Director of Entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In addition to managing a joint venture between the Foundation and the office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the U.S. Department of Commerce, he likewise oversees collaborative projects between the Foundation and other innovative groups such as Invent Now (parent organization of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Camp Invention and Collegiate Inventors Competition), the Angel Capital Education Foundation and the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative. Ruhe also curates the online content/resources and communities for Kauffman’s flagship resource for entrepreneurs: www.entrepreneurship.org.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Ruhe was the founding chief marketing officer for JumpStart, a nonprofit economic development organization and seed stage investment fund created to invest in and accelerate the growth of high-potential, early stage companies.
Michael Hennessy (Co-Chair)
Naveen Jain (Co-Chair)
Rieva Lesonsky (Chair)
Julie Kantor (Chair)
Jeff Reid (Chair)
Jeff is a proven strategic leader in the arenas of entrepreneurship, venture capital, education, technology, and economic development.
Reid has previously held leadership roles at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, DigitalBridge Communications, DLA Piper, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Trammel Crow. At UNC-Chapel Hill, Reid grew an educational organization entrepreneurially from its inception to a No. 1 national ranking and was chosen by his peers as one of the top five entrepreneurship center directors in the United States. He served as chairman of the North American Entrepreneurial Studies Leadership Group and was recognized with the USASBE National Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education. He was instrumental in the creation of numerous entrepreneurial education programs and entrepreneurial companies that continue to thrive today, and has been a trusted advisor to many students and alumni.