Kelly is the CEO of Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG), and grew the organization from a small informal group of engaged philanthropists with a annual budget of $25K to a $1 Million + organization with 8 staff, and a community of 200+ volunteers that serves a portfolio of 220 companies in just six years. Kelly is also the founder of the SEEED Summit, a national social enterprise conference that is run in collaboration between SEG, Brown University, the City of Providence and the State of Rhode Island. Kelly has taught/teaches Social Enterprise at RISD, Salve Regina, Providence College and in Brown University’s Leadership Institute.
Previously, Kelly directed the Social Enterprise Initiative at the William Davidson Institute (WDI) and was an adjunct lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. She has consulting and project management experience with organizations including Aid to Artisans, the Ford Foundation, the European Commission, USAID, the State Department, and Roche. Kelly also worked as a political analyst for the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service, an election monitor for the OSCE, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Slovakia. Kelly received MA Degrees in Public Policy and Urban Planning and a BA in political science from the University of Michigan, completed a leadership certificate program at the Ross School of Business, and received a scholarship to attend the Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. She was named a Woman to Watch by the Providence Business News, is a 2014 BALLE Fellow, and was recently appointed to the Rhode Island Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors.
Kelly is the proud mother of three amazing children, runs marathons, likes to cook, garden and play the piano. She loves design and is an avid collector of mid-century chairs.
Antonieta Falconi is an experienced business professional committed to supporting social enterprise. Her work has spanned a variety of industries in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Her experience includes a position as Small Business Coach for the Latino Economic Development Center in Washington DC, assisting entrepreneurs to start businesses and develop management skills, as well as a role as Finance Support Specialist at the Belafonte TACOLCY (youth center) in Miami, FL, helping meet grant financial reporting requirements. These roles followed her initial career in management consulting with Accenture in Boston and five years as General Manager of Ocean Rodeo, a Canadian company that designs and distributes kiteboarding equipment. Antonieta’s education includes a BS in Engineering, an MBA with specialization in Entrepreneurship and she is currently pursuing a Certificate in Accounting from UC Berkeley.
Director of Development & Communications
Billy Kepner is a communicator with over 16 years experience working in public relations, communications, and fundraising. He started his professional career in 1999 as an Americorps/VISTA representative, where he worked as the director of marketing and public relations at a non-profit in rural Pennsylvania. Over the past 16 years, Billy has worked in both the public and private sectors doing communications, marketing, and fundraising. His most recent role was at Cornell University where he coordinated the marketing and public relations for Cornell Plantations (the university’s botanic gardens). Over the past six years Billy helped to build brand awareness, increase visitorship to Plantations’ many holdings, and worked to increase memberships and fundraising at Cornell Plantations through communications. Billy is excited to work with SE Greenhouse, its partners and ventures, and the board of directors to help increase awareness and to help create and implement a development strategy that will lead SE Greenhouse into the future.
Director of Programs
Emily believes in creating social equality through business. Before joining SEG, Emily pursued four of her own entrepreneurial social ventures including a Spanish language/cultural exchange program for dyslexic elementary school children, a nanny cooperative in the Dominican Republic and an SME-to-micro-social enterprise lending platform. In 2014, Emily came to SEG to manage the Accelerator re-launch. Now, Emily serves as the Director of Programs at SEG, and enjoys working closely with the SEG Venture Development Team as well as social entrepreneurs in the Accelerator program. Emily holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, minor in Business from University of Oregon. You can find Emily’s publications on global market-driven solutions on NextBillion.org and Global Envision.org.
In her personal life, Emily loves to try new things such as eating live termites out of a tree in Nicaragua and hiking around old forests with her pup, Pico Duarte!
Impacts and Metrics Strategist
Emily is excited to join the Social Enterprise Greenhouse team as an AmeriCorps VISTA. She recently earned a B.A. in Psychology, Business, and Women and Gender Studies from Franklin & Marshall College, where she also served as a captain of its equestrian team. Her interest in social enterprise stems from coursework in business and women and gender studies, as well as her former role as a research assistant in F&M’s business department, where she worked to increase awareness and knowledge about gender based discrimination and harassment in service based industries. Through her work at Social Enterprise Greenhouse, Emily is excited to contribute to the growth of the Rhode Island social enterprise ecosystem, as well as to support her particular interest in empowering women through enterprise and access to opportunity.
Food Initiatives Director
A true “foodie” with a love of cooking, eating, and sharing food, Isabella credits her move to Rhode Island for her desire to explore food as part of a larger system and as a social enterprise catalyst. Isabella is thrilled that SEG prioritizes local, healthy food business development through this industry specific initiative and loves working with all stakeholders in RI and the region.
Isabella graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Psychology and a Business Essentials Certification from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013. After graduation, Isabella moved back up to her native New England to begin working in research at The Miriam Hospital/Alpert Medical School’s Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center. In 2014, she became the RI Statewide Coordinator for Food Day, giving her experience in organizing and event planning around the goal of increasing local, sustainable, nutritious, and affordable food for all. While in this position, she organized a large Providence event with multiple food organizations and businesses, as well as notable speakers. Isabella has also served as a Council Member for Urban Greens, and currently represents SEG on Congressman Langevin’s Food First Advisory Council.
Isabella loves eating and cooking (of course!), exploring and hiking, trying new types of exercise, traveling to new places, and meeting passionate, interesting people!
University Initiative Manager
Jenny is committed to helping youth access opportunities that will help them succeed. Jenny volunteers her time mentoring a number of talented youth and young adults and provides ongoing leadership training to youth team leaders. Jenny is always seeking opportunities to help underprivileged children and youth access education. Most recently, she spearheaded a project called Equipped to Learn School Supply Drive which aimed to get organizations and businesses involved in donating school supplies to benefit a school in a low-income community in the Dominican Republic. This commitment and passion led Jenny to the University Initiative Program at Social Enterprise Greenhouse. Jenny previously worked in the non-profit industry for 6 years where she launched and managed a child care referral and education service for families.
Jenny holds a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Management and Marketing and is currently pursuing an MPA from Roger Williams University. Jenny is a former Emerging Leaders participant, a program of the Rhode Island Foundation that provides training and mentoring to nonprofit emerging leaders.
Jenny loves exploring the many things RI has to offer with her husband and her beautiful baby girl.
Health and Wellness Initiative Manager
Hailey graduated from Roger Williams University in May of 2016 with a B.S. in Political Science and Legal Studies. In the fall, Hailey moved to Providence and began interning with Isabella Cassell on the Food Cluster. After about six months, Hailey moved into the position as the Health and Wellness Initiative Manager. Hailey is familiar with non profits due to her experience as a field manager, trainer, and canvasser for Clean Water Action throughout college. Hailey’s passions for policy stem from her collegiate focus of sustainable international development, namely food sustainability and trade in developing countries. She hopes to continue these studies in the future. Hailey is thrilled to work for Social Enterprise Greenhouse and learn about the intersection of economic development and socially focused business. Hailey’s passion for health and wellness stems from her lifestyle focus.
Hailey enjoys all outdoor activities such as rock climbing, hiking, and running. She also loves local, healthy food and cooking!
Inclusive Enterprise Development Manager
Paula is a passionate social justice advocate. Her commitment to social enterprise stems from her undergrad years at College of the Holy Cross, which fostered a passion for social impact and love of the arts. She graduated with a degree in sociology, peace and conflict studies, and visual arts. Realizing her passion to take the theories from her studies into a more practiced reality, Paula found herself involved with service programs from Kentucky to Jamaica and back. Born in the Philippines, but raised in Rhode Island, Paula is happy to be back in Little Rhody working with Social Enterprise Greenhouse and the Providence Granola Project. Her love for travelling led her to study in Beijing, China and volunteering at different organic farms in Europe, but in her downtime Paula is either in the kitchen baking, taking photographs while on one of her adventures, or doodling on a sketchbook.
Communications & Hub Manager
Crystal Rosatti, a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida native, graduated from Brown University in May 2015 with a B.A. in Economics and also Computer Music & Multimedia (MEME). Crystal’s experience in social venture and non-profit work began at 95.5 WBRU FM, a non-profit educational workshop, where she interned as a Production Engineer and later became Production Director in 2013. This experience shaped Crystal’s understanding of businesses and how they can be vehicles for social good, which ignited her desire to dedicate herself to work that has meaningful social impact. This led her to an internship in the summer of 2015 at The Providence Granola Project, where she took on roles in operations, sales, marketing, communications, and event planning. Crystal joined the SEG team in September 2015 as Communications and Hub Manager. It has been an immense learning opportunity for Crystal, and further solidified her desire to lead a life that positively contributes to the community and to the world.
Venture Development Assistant
Traci Picard is a VISTA serving as Venture Development assistant here at SEG. She comes from the world of alternative health, running a small herbal business and teaching classes like Critical Thinking for Herbalists and Asking Better Questions. Traci is also a writer pursuing a Journalism degree, a mother of 3 and a passionate fan of books and the Public Library. Born in Providence, she has lived all over but continues to return home.