Building a Sustainable Economy
Jay Coen Gilbert co-founded B Lab, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems, in 2006. B Lab’s primary initiatives are: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and just good marketing; 2) Accelerating the growth of the impact investing asset class through use of GIIRS Ratings & Analytics by institutional investors; and 3) Promoting legislation creating a new corporate form that meets higher standards of purpose, accountability, and transparency.
Prior to B Lab and despite having no game, Jay co-founded and sold AND 1, a $250M basketball footwear and apparel company based outside Philadelphia. Jay led AND 1’s product and marketing and was AND 1’s CEO during its period of most rapid growth.
Jay is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, President of the Board of the Philadelphia chapter of KIPP Philadelphia Schools, a growing cluster of high performing public charter schools, and a Board member of Investors’ Circle and Social Venture Network, leading national networks of social entrepreneurs and early stage social investors.
Jay grew up in New York City before heading west to Stanford University, graduating with a degree in East Asian Studies in 1989. Prior to AND 1, Jay worked for McKinsey & Co and several organizations in NYC’s public and non-profit sectors.
Between AND 1 and B Lab, Jay enjoyed a sabbatical Down Under and in Monteverde, Costa Rica with his yogini wife Randi and their two children, Dex, 11, and Ria 10. They live in Berwyn, PA.
The Building a Sustainable Economy (BASE) series is presented by Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce, Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Sustainable Bainbridge, and the Bainbridge Public Library.