Brian R. Weinberg
Brian is a big picture thinker who grounds himself in the numbers. He recently joined Spark Experience as Director of Operations in June 2013 and launched Justgood.org; a peer-to-peer marketplace for social responsible products. Previously, he worked for three years at an impact investment advisory firm, performing due diligence and investing upwards of USD 35 million of growth capital. On the strategy side, he has consulted for several early stage social enterprises, foundations, and a Fortune 500 financial technology firm.
He also likes to start things. He was a partner in a real estate firm, founder of Recycle to Eradicate Poverty (RTEP), and most recently created Blendedprofit.com. Insodoing, he formed partnerships with senior leadership at private companies, universities, nonprofits, and governmental institutions. Examples of past partners in each category include Whole Foods, University of North Texas, the Grameen Foundation, and the City of Dallas. His work has garnered press coverage from organizations ranging from NPR to a documentary hosted by Jeff Foxworthy and sponsored by Southwest Airlines, among others.
Brian occasionally writes for the Huffington Post and CSRwire in addition to hosting GAMECHANGERS; a live monthly Google+plus hangout featuring conversations with thought leaders designed to push a constructive dialogue forward on how the good economy will reach scale in the coming years. Check it out: http://www.blendedprofit.com/blog/past-shows/.
Brian has been awarded a number of fellowships and awards after graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors in Finance (BBA) and Spanish (BA) from University of North Texas; including the Ashoka Youth Venture Ambassadorship & Grantee, Clinton Global Initiative U Grantee, Starting Bloc Fellowship (Boston 2010), Sandbox Fellowship, and the Opportunity Collaboration Cordes Fellowship. During college, he published an Honors Thesis on for profit versus non profit microfinance and received awards ranging from UNT's Rhodes Scholarship nomination to Finance Student of the Year.