Molly Day is a committed believer in the power of social entrepreneurship and has spent the last several years supporting social entrepreneurs and testing out the role firsthand.
In 2007, Day cofounded campusCATALYST (cC) and served as its executive director until August 2009. cC engages college students in pro-bono consulting projects with nonprofits, catalyzing community growth and the development of future leaders. With Day as executive director, cC grew to two campuses and contributed over 26,000 hours of pro-bono service to the Chicago community, a total value of over a half-million dollars. For this work, Day was named a finalist for Chicago’s 2009 Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year Award, and she also was awarded a Northwestern Public Interest Program Fellowship.
Day studied social policy, international studies, and Spanish at Northwestern University. She explored the intersection of public health and economic development in rural Malawi, where she spent five weeks conducting independent research for her honors thesis on microfinance models that integrated HIV/AIDS education. She has worked for the U.S. Department of State, Senator Barack Obama, and the nationally recognized nonprofit, LIFT (formerly National Student Partnerships).
Currently, Day is a portfolio analyst at New Profit, Inc., a Boston-based venture philanthropy fund that exists to help innovative social entrepreneurs and their organizations bring about widespread and transformative impacts on critical social problems.