William Drayton

Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
Lawyer; Social entrepreneur; Management consultant
Leadership, Policy, and Communications
Public Affairs and Public Policy
Bill Drayton is the Founder and CEO of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, a non-profit that finds social entrepreneurs around the world. Out of Yale Law School, Drayton became a manager and managing consultant at McKinsey and Company. He then joined the Carter Administration and served as an Assistant Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency while dually serving as a professor at Harvard and Stanford. In 1981, Drayton founded Ashoka and has worked with the organization since while also chairing Community Greens, the Ashoka: Innovators for the Public Youth Venture, and Get America Working!. His work and dedication to his non-profit work has led to awards such as the National Public Service Award, John W. Gardner Leadership Award, World Entrepreneurship Forum's Social Entrepreneur Award, Prince of Asturias Awards, and Middlebury College's Center for Social Entrepreneurship Vision Award.
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