Jonathan C. Lewis is a life-long social justice activist and social entrepreneur.
Jonathan is the Founder of MCE Social Capital, an innovative social venture that leverages $110 million of private capital to finance tiny business loans to deeply impoverished people, mostly women, in 33 countries in the developing world.
He is also Founder and President of the Opportunity Collaboration, an annual strategic business retreat for 450 senior level anti-poverty leaders from around the globe. In addition, Jonathan is the co-founder of Copia Global, an Amazon-like consumer catalog serving the base of the economic pyramid in Kenya.
Jonathan has taught social entrepreneurship at New York University, the University of California (Berkeley), and has lectured at universities around the world. He is a recipient of the Social Venture Network Innovation Award.
During his eclectic career, Jonathan has served as the Chief Budget Adviser to the President of the California State Senate (who, in public debate in the Senate, said to his colleagues, "if the Senate has a resident genius, it's Jonathan Lewis"), founder and CEO of a small real estate development company, founder and CEO of a global consultancy in the healthcare sector and owner of a contemporary art gallery.
“Along the way, Lewis kept his eyes open, made a bunch of mistakes and learned a great deal. He has distilled his knowledge into a book about social change that manages to be both entertaining and wise. It is neither an overview of the social sector, nor a conventional memoir, nor a how-to manual, exactly. Instead, it is a collection of personal essays…that can be read in any order, and should be read by anyone starting a life’s work devoted to social change,“ writes Marc Gunther, the Editor and Founder of Nonprofit Chronicles.
Jonathan is on a search to find the tastiest hot dog at the wackiest hot dog stand in the world. He collects art made by developing world artisans using recycled materials. He lives near San Francisco with his wife of 45 years. His son Aaron is a public interest lawyer.