San Francisco, CA / October 2017

Hundreds of transformational leaders from across the social impact spectrum gathered to question, inform, and strategize.

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Echoing Green has been ahead of the curve for 30 years, supporting nearly 800 visionaries around the world who are transforming their communities. The Echoing Green Summit is a biannual initiative to convene our unparalleled community of talent with the social impact sector at large.

Go deep.

Dig in with social entrepreneurs addressing racial equity, health, and workforce development on uncovering the challenges and opportunities facing their work.


Collaborate with experts and practitioners to determine what our work and our field must do next to stay committed, relevant, and ahead of the curve.

Think big.

Hear from industry leaders in impact investing, funding, and philanthropy about the key issues and trends across social innovation and social change.


2017 Speakers

Josefina Alvarado Mena

CEO of Safe Passages, 1996 Echoing Green Fellow

Rev. Jasmine Beach‑Ferrara

Executive Director of the Campaign for Southern Equality

Governor Jerry Brown

State of California

Amit Chandra

Managing Director of Bain Capital Private Equity

Cathy Clark

Faculty Director of CASE and CASE i3: Initiative on Impact Investing, Duke Fuqua School of Business

Steve Denning

Chairman of General Atlantic

Jonathan Greenblatt

CEO and National Director of the Anti-Defamation League

Alan Khazei

Founder and CEO of Be the Change, 1991 Echoing Green Fellow

Amanda Ravenhill

Executive Director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute

Sonal Shah

Executive Director for the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University

Justin Steele

Principal at

Kat Taylor

Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Beneficial State Bank

Honoring Chuck Feeney

Chuck Feeney has devoted his life and fortune to creating impact through philanthropy. His legacy is incredible and far-reaching, including his initial funding of Echoing Green in his role at General Atlantic 30 years ago, and his unique and impactful philosophy of “Giving While Living” that inspired so many philanthropists to follow in his footsteps.

We were honored to have Mr. Feeney join us on October 9th to receive Echoing Green’s first-ever Echoing Impact Award, an award that highlights the commitment of life-long social innovators working at the intersection of social justice, and the echoing effect and impact that this work has had across generations, countries, and the world.


Founding Sponsor

General Atlantic Foundation

Summit Sponsors

Bain CapitalBlackrockCBMAGoogle.orgThe Rise FundUnion Square AdvisorsWSGRRobert F. Smith and FamilyKathleen Kelly Janus

Field Building Partners

Conveners.orgDraper Richards Kaplan FoundationRippleWorksSilicon ClimateSSIR

Summit Leadership

Josefina Alvarado Mena   Steve Denning   Carter McClelland   Bill McGlashan   Laura Weidman Powers   Larry Sonsini   Kathleen Kelly Janus


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