Alejandro Juárez Crawford
Alejandro’s mission is to expand the pool of people equipped to make solutions real. He is a senior consultant at Acceleration Group, where he helps ventures and nonprofits innovate and grow to generate sustainable impact and stimulate inclusive economic development. He is the professor of entrepreneurship for Bard’s MBA in Sustainability, teaches digital innovation at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch, and has launched change-makers and innovators across half dozen universities and an array of client firms. He is also a co-founder of the Mountaintop Program, which challenges high school students to imagine solutions to the world’s most pressing problems, in a dynamic exchange with individuals who have created such solutions in practice. He earned his BA from Cornell University and his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Thomas Gold, PhD
Tom’s mission is to build the capacity of social ventures through the effective use of research, data and evidence. For the past 18 years, Tom has held leadership positions focusing on research, measurement and evaluation in higher education, local government and nonprofit institutions. The policy reforms that were implemented as a result of his work have impacted the lives of millions of youth and young adults in low income neighborhoods and communities of color. His work has ranged from leading major studies in New York City’s public schools to spearheading the thought leadership and research efforts of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, the leading entrepreneurship education organization in the United States. Tom has written extensively on urban education, entrepreneurship and European politics. Tom is a former Fulbright Fellow who received his BA. from New York University and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the New School for Social Research.
Nevaris is a designer, entrepreneur, consultant, media producer/performer, and brand strategist from New York City. He is a stakeholder in Tangible Creative and Acceleration Group and co-founder of Nolej Studios and the Uncomun Festival. Nevaris teaches entrepreneurship at FIT and previously taught E-Business at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. He studied Fine Art at Bard College and has a degree in Design and Technology from the Parsons School of Design. As a producer/performer has worked with artists such as Grammy winner Bill Laswell, and late Hall of Fame keyboardist Bernie Worrell among many others.
Bill is a leader in Acceleration Group’s work in social innovation, business case and impact case due diligence, and organizational transformation. He adapts deep experience in strategy, investments and innovation for the high tech industry to the challenges of furthering scalable models for sustainability and social justice. He was previously vice president of strategy and technology at Motorola, where he positioned the firm for growth in emerging new market segments, and Senior Vice President of operations and engineering at Magnolia Broadband. He has an MBA from Fordham and a B.S. from R.I.T., holds three US patents, and is currently chair of the entrepreneurship department at SUNY’s Fashion Institute of Technology. A native New Yorker, William brings both a local and a global perspective to his work enabling rapidly growing ventures and organizations achieving innovation, transformation and impact.
Daniel is a writer, researcher and strategist with a history of working with diverse social impact organizations. As a consultant with Acceleration Group, Daniel uses his experience as an analyst at Urban Partnership Bank, his education at the University of Chicago, and the range of concepts in Acceleration Group’s toolkit to advise clients as they set strategies to produce social impact. Daniel has also worked as a research consultant for the Creative Impact and Experience Lab, where he’s been involved in several projects that seek to create social change through cultural innovation. Beyond these roles, Daniel has been involved with organizations that work in diversity and inclusion, international development, financial inclusion, and humanitarian aid. Across his work, Daniel has been driven by his belief that the world can become a more just and equitable place, and he is committed to turning his belief into action.
Zachary is a writer and researcher working with Acceleration Group to promote bottom-up innovation and expand access to entrepreneurship across all income-levels, backgrounds, and genders. While earning his B.S. in Entrepreneurship at the Fashion Institute of Technology, he worked closely with the tools and insights that Acceleration Group uses in its innovation and social impact work. He developed fluency with the entrepreneurial process and now, as an associate consultant, he shares his knowledge with entrepreneurs to support them and facilitate their journeys to launching new ventures.