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The Case Foundation announced today that Sean Greene has joined the organization as Entrepreneur in Residence. Having spent more than 20 years as an entrepreneur and investor, Mr. Greene most recently served as Associate Administrator for Investment and Special Advisor for Innovation at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
At the SBA, Mr. Greene was responsible for both the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program, a growth capital program with approximately $18 billion of assets under management, as well as the Small Business Investment Research (SBIR) program, one of the government’s largest innovation programs, which provides over $2 billion of R&D funding to small businesses each year. He also led SBA’s efforts focused on stimulating high-growth entrepreneurship and was one of the key leaders in the Administration’s Startup America initiative.
â€œWhether creating and supporting initiatives like the Startup America Partnership, or incorporating the spirit of innovation and risk-taking into our work, entrepreneurship is at the heart of everything we do at the Case Foundation,â€ said Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation and an active investor and entrepreneur. â€œSean Greene has a thorough understanding of the innovations that happen at the intersections of profit and purpose, and weâ€™re thrilled to have him lend his experience to our work.â€
In his role, Mr. Greene will help the Case Foundation evaluate and refine its efforts to revitalize communities by supporting entrepreneurship. Leveraging his experience in launching a $1B impact investing initiative at the SBA, he will join Senior Fellow Sonal Shah playing a key role in the Foundationâ€™s effort to identify new approaches to inspire, educate, and mobilize capital in the impact investing space. Mr. Greene is also advising Revolution LLC, the venture capital firm co-founded by Steve Case, chairman of the Case Foundation.
â€œEntrepreneurship isnâ€™t just the key to keeping Americaâ€™s economy running, rather it is the success of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial values that keep our communities running,â€ said Mr. Greene. â€œI am honored to join the Case Foundation, an organization that has long understood the value of applying an entrepreneurial lens to driving social change.â€
Prior to joining the SBA, Mr. Greene was the founder and CEO of Away.com, an online travel company that he sold to Orbitz. He was also a co-founder of Rock Creek Ventures and LaunchBox Digital, a seed-stage investment firm in Washington, D.C., and also served as a management consultant with McKinsey and Co. Greene holds an AB from Princeton University, an MBA from Yaleâ€™s School of Management, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the National University of Singapore.