Center for Social Entrepreneurship

at Middlebury

Measuring Social Impact

Measuring Social Impact is Critical

for Being Able to Scale Social Impact

Compelling anecdotes are no longer good enough. Social impact investors and funders are making data-driven decisions and are seeking measurable social return on their investments. Watch Lisa Nitze, Managing Director of Mission Measurement LLC for a session covering the latest trends in social impact measurement and evaluation by corporations, international aid organizations, foundations and nonprofits. Lisa used case studies from current Mission Measurement clients, from her experience as former CEO of the U.S. Social Enterprise Association and from her 4 years as Vice President at Ashoka, Innovators for the Public.

This workshop was held on January 25, 2013 as part of the second annual MCSE symposium.


Lisa Nitze

Lisa Nitze

A consultant on using the power of markets to drive positive social change, Lisa has spent the last 25 years working with leading corporations, foundations and government organizations to develop triple-bottom-line strategies for leveraged investments. As the Managing Director of Mission Measurement’s Washington, DC office, Lisa oversees client engagements with a portfolio of international aid, federal and state government offices and agencies, national nonprofits and corporations.

Throughout her career, Lisa has worked with an array of stakeholders across the public and private sectors, including: The White House Office on Social Innovation; Inter-America Development Bank; U.S. Department of State; the States of New Jersey and Maryland; the cities of Denver, Jersey City, Newark and Camden; Citigroup; The Clinton Global Initiative; Goodwill Industries International; Goldman Sachs Foundation; NISH; UPS Foundation; Western Union Foundation; and General Electric Foundation. Most recently, Lisa served as the President and CEO of the largest membership network of social enterprises in North America—the Social Enterprise Alliance. Prior to that, she served as Vice-President of the Global Engagement Team at Ashoka, where she worked with a global team of employees to develop products and services to engage corporations, foundations, and philanthropists in supporting leading social entrepreneurs.

Lisa is currently a trustee for The American University of Cairo and for United Hands for Health Colombia. She is a Speaker Specialist on social entrepreneurship for the U.S. State Department Office of International Information, having done speaking tours in India, Africa and Latin America, and is a mentor in the U.S. Department of State’s Pathways for Progress Program for women business entrepreneurs. Lisa holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University, a B.A. from Harvard University and is a graduate of the Leadership New Jersey Program.

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