|Born||1961 (age 59–60)|
|Alma mater||University of Virginia|
Stanford Graduate School of Business
|Known for||Founder and CEO, Acumen|
|Relatives||Michael Novogratz (brother)|
Robert Novogratz (brother)
Jacqueline Novogratz (born 1961) is an American entrepreneur and author. She is the founder and CEO of Acumen, a non-profit global venture capital fund whose goal is to use entrepreneurial approaches to address global poverty.
She attended Fort Hunt High School in Alexandria, VA, and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia, where she studied economics and international relations. She earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
She worked throughout Africa as a consultant for the World Bank and for UNICEF. As a UNICEF consultant in Rwanda in the late 1980s, she helped found Duterimbere, Rwanda's first microfinance institution.
Novogratz founded and directed The Philanthropy Workshop and The Next Generation Leadership programs at the Rockefeller Foundation before founding Acumen in 2001. Acumen invests patient capital in businesses that provide critical goods and services to people living in poverty. It estimates that it has impacted more than 260 million people through its investments.  Novogratz oversaw the development of Acumen's Fellowship program, which develop leaders for the social sector.
Novogratz serves on the advisory boards of NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, and UNICEF. She also serves on the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees, the Pakistan Business Council Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business (CERB)], is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, appointed Novogratz to the State Department's Foreign Affairs Policy Board.
The Blue Sweater
In 2009, Novogratz published The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World. The book is a firsthand account of her journey from international banker to social entrepreneur and founder of Acumen. Since its publication, the book has been selected by the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Peace College as common reading for all incoming freshmen.
The title of her book, The Blue Sweater, refers to an encounter she had in Kigali, Rwanda. Novogratz spotted a boy wearing a blue sweater. She recognized it as a sweater she had owned and given to Goodwill a decade earlier; it was hers, with her name on the tag. The encounter was an epiphany for Novogratz; her sense of the interconnectedness of our world has continued to influence her current work.
- Forbes magazine's 100 Greatest Living Business Minds, 2017
- Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Entrepreneurship, 2016
- The Resolution Project Champions Circle Award, 2016
- Asia Society Game Changer, 2014
- Bloomberg Markets 50 Most Influential in Global Finance, 2014
- 25 Most Successful Stanford Business School Graduates of All time
- University of Virginia Distinguished Alumna Award, 2013
- Middlebury College CSE Vision Award and honorary doctorate, 2013
- Notre Dame Award for International Human Development, 2013
- Women of Concern Humanitarian Award, 2012
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 2010
- Wofford College’s Sandor Teszler Award for Moral Courage and Service to Humankind in Spartanburg, SC, 2010
- Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers, 2009
- Daily Beast's 25 Smartest People of the Decade, 2009
- AWNY's Changing the Game Award, 2009
- Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2008
- Rockefeller Foundation Warren Weaver Fellow
- Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow
- Doctor of Humane Letters New England College, 2017
- Doctor of Laws, University of Toronto, 2015
- Doctor of Humane Letters, Bard College, 2014
- Doctorate of Humane Letters, Middlebury College, 2013
- Doctor of Humane Letters, Fordham University, 2012
- Doctor of Laws, University of Notre Dame, 2011
- Doctor of Humanities, Wofford College, 2010
- The blue sweater : bridging the gap between rich and poor in an interconnected world, New York Rodale 2010. ISBN 9781586489564
- Manifesto for a moral revolution : Practices to Build a Better World, New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2020. ISBN 9781250222879
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