Jerry Hildebrand

Founder/Executive Director of the Center for Social Impact Learning at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey, CA

Prior to the Center start-up in Monterey, Jerry was the founder and Executive Director of the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of the Pacific, one of the pioneering university centers of social entrepreneurship. In eight years at Pacific, Jerry created a whole new generation of hands-on solution-minded pragmatists that crafted practical, inventive, and sustainable approaches that address the world’s most pressing social issues.

Previously, Jerry was the CEO for 17 years with the Katalysis Bootstrap Fund, a microfinance organization that provides training, technical assistance, and credit to non-governmental microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Central America (Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador). The Katalysis Network of 25 MFIs provides microloans to over 290,000 clients (70% women, 98% repayment).

Prior to Katalysis, Jerry was the Caribbean regional field director for International Voluntary Services, based on the island of Antigua for six years, where he directed a socio-economic development program on ten newly independent island-nations in the Eastern Caribbean.  His work in grassroots economic development started in Appalachia (West Virginia coal mining region) where he worked for 10 years to develop and direct the first rural Economic Development Corporation in the U.S. to finance community-based business enterprises in a chronically depressed region of the U.S.  Jerry was one of the pioneering Peace Corps volunteers in the early 60’s where he worked for two years in the Andes Mountains of Peru with Aymara Indians on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

He has spoken at numerous conferences (Ashoka Changemaker Campus Exchange, Think Impact Huddle, Opportunity Collaboration, DELL Challenge, Middlebury Symposium, Millennium Campus Network Annual Meeting, Northwestern Buffett Center) and individual universities on the Pacific Experience “Creating a University Center of Social Entrepreneurship from Scratch: Land Mines and Lessons Learned.”  Most recently, he has given workshops on the “Top Ten Kickass Low Cost Experiential Learning Opportunities” for University Social Entrepreneurship Programs.

Jerry presently serves on the board of directors of the Cordes Foundation, Fair Trade University USA, Opportunity Collaboration, Stockton Impact Corps (Community Microfinance Fund), Community Capital/Monterey, Semester At Sea Corporate Advisory Board, and is Co-Chair of the Millennium Campus Network Global Education Council.

Highlight Project: The Center for Social Impact Learning at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies

The Center for Social Impact Learning at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies was established in 2014 and provides experiential learning opportunities for Millennials on the frontlines of the fast emerging fields of Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing.  The Center is structured as a model Social Enterprise “start-up” and serves as an innovation hub for undergraduate and graduate students as well as young professionals.  

The Center operates a portfolio of ten programs will a lean mean staff of 3:  Frontier Market Scouts (training and placement for graduate students and young professionals in Impact Investing and Social Enterprise Management), Ambassador Corps International Internship Program (undergraduate student interns working with social enterprise start-ups in developing countries), B Corp Certification Lab, Domestic Microfinance (Salinas), M Force (student action arm of the Center), Consultancy Group for Impact Investing Funds, Impact Pioneers Speakers Series, Action Research Unit, Fair Trade University, Mentorship and Career Coaching, and technical assistance to university start-up centers of Social Entrepreneurship.