Noah Isserman

Office: 2109

(217) 333‐3625

Educational Background

Noah comes to Illinois from the University of Cambridge (UK), where he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar and member of Gonville and Caius College.  Noah has worked with dozens of organizations on strategy, sustainability, process, and messaging, generally at the board level. This work, undertaken both independently and as a consultant with Washington, DC-based Common Ground Consulting, has taken place on five continents.

As an entrepreneur and CEO, Noah has helped build and sell two profitable enterprises, WholeData LLC and MAStorage, Inc, both of which deliberately generated social as well as commercial value. He now supports entrepreneurship by advising several fantastic startups and serving on the Council of LAUNCH, an initiative of USAID, Nike, the US State Department, and NASA.

Noah joins his professional experience with broader theory in academic teaching and research. He has designed and delivered courses at the Universities of Cambridge and Illinois at the undergraduate, MBA, MSt, and MTech levels. Noah’s work and research in entrepreneurship and civil society has been funded by the Aga Khan Foundation, NASA, the US State Department, and others, and has been recognized by numerous awards and fellowships. He holds degrees from Cambridge (economic geography) and Amherst (cognitive neuroscience).

Research and Practice Interests

Noah is focused on the financing and future of social goods.  In addition to his dual appointments in Social Work and Business Administration, he is facilitating and directing the university-wide Social Innovation at Illinois initiative. His research focuses on 1) emerging models of financing and delivering social services across all three sectors of social and economic life, 2) the practices and ecosystem of support for entrepreneurial activity, and 3) supporting entrepreneurship and its role in the future of education.  These interests are manifested with research that, for example 1) examines emerging models of multi-sector philanthropy in Britain, funded by the Henry Steele Commager and Gates Cambridge Trusts, 2) explores potential structures to fund and manage planetary defense against asteroids, funded by NASA.

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