Non-Resident Fellow, Impact Investing
Michael Chodos is a serial entrepreneur and experienced operational leader. He has advised and accelerated startups, social enterprises and growth-stage companies nationwide and internationally, and is deeply engaged in influencing public policy to boost impact investing, social entrepreneurship and government innovation. Currently, Michael is a Senior Fellow at the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University and leads the Center’s impact investing work.
Michael is also the Senior Advisor to the US National Advisory Board on Impact Investing, the US’s arm of the Global Task Force on Impact Investing. In that role, Michael pursues policy initiatives and coalition-building to foster greater policy support for catalyzing growth in the impact investing ecosystem, and he helped lay the foundation for the NAB’s ground-breaking report: “Private Capital, Public Good” (nabimpactinvesting.org). Recently, Michael was a Senior Fellow at Encore.org, working to develop social innovation and entrepreneurship strategy and engagement as well as policies and strategic partnerships supporting sustainability of the “encore” social enterprise. Michael is also principal of Monolith Strategic, which supports and accelerates startups in the media and technology sectors in market analysis, product focus and strategic partnerships.
Previously, Michael served as the Associate Administrator for the Office of Entrepreneurial Development in the US Small Business Administration, where he was responsible for overseeing the Agency’s nationwide counseling and training resources and programs for America’s entrepreneurs, as well as the Agency’s Regional Innovation Clusters program. The Agency counsels and trains over a million small businesses a year, helping provide a pipeline to billions of dollars in capital and helping start tens of thousands of job-creating new businesses each year. In that role, Michael supervised creation of the first nationwide entrepreneurship training program for returning veterans, as well as innovative training programs for encore entrepreneurs, young entrepreneurs and inner-city and urban entrepreneurs. Michael also served as the Small Business Administration’s Deputy General Counsel and Chief Negotiator, shepherding numerous regulatory, administrative and labor issues to successful outcomes. Before joining the Agency, Michael was the principal of a law practice which represented a diverse range of small business entrepreneurs, private equity investors, technology developers and content creators.
Education: Swarthmore College, B.A. in English Literature and American History; Stanford University Law School, J.D.
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Favorite Quote: “We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.” John W. Gardner.
What I’m Reading Now: “Endurance, Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage,” by Alfred Lansing