Santa Clara University

Dan Crisafulli

Senior Program Officer, The Skoll Foundation

 Dan Crisafulli created Potrero Impact Advisors in October 2010, building on a long career as an early stage investor focused on emerging markets. Previously, he served as director of investments at the Skoll Foundation, which he joined in 2007. A leader in ?new philanthropy? and social investing, the Skoll Foundation was created by eBay founding president Jeff Skoll with the goal of driving large-scale change through entrepreneurial approaches. Dan led Skoll?s work in impact investing, including direct and fund investments, and played a key role in creating partnerships to advance the field of social entrepreneurship. In 2000, Dan cofounded the technology venture capital group at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), where he invested in technology companies with social impact. He led investments including a pioneering Indian digital animation company now listed on London’s AIM, an Indian semiconductor design company NewPath, and TRG, a leading Pakistan-based technology service company. He also served on the boards of IFC investees in Russia, Mexico, and Vietnam.

Dan managed the Development Marketplace (DM), the World Bank’s social entrepreneurship and innovation program. He led the expansion of the DM from a $3.5 million to a $10 million annual program by mobilizing 80 percent of the funding from external partners in the private sector and government. The DM was designated a “best practice” in corporate innovation by the Harvard Business Review.

Dan began his career with the London-based consultancy L|E|K Partnership, advising on mergers and acquisitions in advertising, consumer products and other industries. Dan earned a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a Kennedy Scholar. 

He serves as director of Root Capital, a social investment fund based in Cambridge, MA and has served in leadership roles in community organizations in San Francisco and Washington, DC.