Andrew Kassoy is cofounder of B Lab, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create a new sector of the economy that harnesses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. It certifies B Corporations, creates standards for measuring the social and environmental impact of business and for transforming corporate accountability, and promotes public policy and capital markets innovations that will accelerate the growth of beneficial business. B Corporations meet higher standards of accountability, transparency, and social and environmental performance. There are over 250 certified B Corporations in 31 industries, alleviating poverty, improving the environment, creating great places to work, and building local living economies.
Previously, Kassoy spent 16 years in the private equity business as a partner at MSD Real Estate Capital, an affiliate of MSD Capital, the $12 billion investment vehicle for Michael Dell, and as managing director in Credit Suisse First Bostonís private equity department. He was also a founding partner of DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners and president of its international business.
He is a board member of the Freelancers Union and the Freelancers Insurance Company, a board member of Echoing Green, a member of the investment committee of the Patient Capital Collaborative, and an advisor to the New York University Reynolds Fellows Program. He grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and graduated from Stanford University, where he was a Truman Scholar and Presidentís Award winner. Kassoy is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He lives in New York City with his two sons, the Emperor Maximilian, 6, and the Boy King Jedidiah, 3.