Kevin Jones

Co Founder, Neighborhood Economics

A serial entrepreneur successful (with his wife Rosa Lee Harden as business partner) eight out of eight times. (His one business failure happens to be the one he did without her). Kevin co created SOCAP, the worlds largest impact investing and social enterprise gathering. He led an unsuccessful malaria project in Mozambique and is a founding general partner of Good Capital’s Social Enterprise Expansion Fund (SEEF), which invested in fair trade and literacy. That fund recently had the first successful exit from a wholly fair trade company. He is interested in being part of an investment vehicle that will compensate the producers like the investors are compensated. He lives on a farm on a river with two dogs near Asheville, NC.

Kevin is speaking at

May 22, 2019
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Public Works Main Hall



Introducing the Field Guide to Transformation
- Regina Connell

Transformation Lab Facilitators

- Christian Peele Executive Minister of Institutional Advancement, Riverside Church, NYC
- Tim Soerens, Parish Collective

Transformation Lab #1
Creating a marketplace where refugees and immigrant are seen as investable and not needy recipients of charity

- John Kluge, Refugee Investment Network
- Said Sheikh Abdi, community leader, Somali immigrants in Minneapolis
- Matt Bauer and Amy Tucker, Sparrow Mobile
- Jeffrey Ashe, expert on immigrant-led savings circles
- Kevin Rowell, consultant to the UN High Commission on Refugees

Introduction of Lab #2
Moving regenerative agriculture from farm-to-table to farm-to-hospital food system in Peoria, Illinois

- Carol Hays, System Entrepreneur
- Erin Meyer, Mother Hen

Introduction of Lab #3
Creating a center of gravity to move donor advised funds from a tax strategy to their potential for world changing

- Tim Freundlich, Impact Assets


May 23, 2019
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Public Works Main Hall



A welcome from Nora Bateson followed by Carol Sanford in conversation with Kevin Jones, wrapped up with a panel discussion between all three.

May 23, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Public Works Main Hall


May 23, 2019
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Public Works Upstairs Session Room


May 23, 2019
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Public Works Main Hall


  • Allen Woods (Speaker) Managing Partner & Creative Director, MORTAR
  • Tim Soerens (Speaker) Co-Founding Director, Parish Collective
  • Rosa Lee Harden (Speaker) Executive Producer , Faith+Finance
  • Kevin Jones (Speaker) Co Founder, Neighborhood Economics
  • Christian Peele (Speaker) Executive Minister of Institutional Advancement, The Riverside Church


Join this group to hear more about how to use  the Field Guide for Transformation. The Field Guide grew out of Neighborhood Economics working with an African American-led accelerator and a church creating community wealth through entrepreneurship in Cincinnati. The original actors in the development of this model will walk through their experiences and reflect on how to use and continue to expand this model. Join them for this deeper dive into using the Field Guide.

May 24, 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
HUB Main Space


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