Jane Leu

About Jane Leu

An Ashoka Fellow, the Founder of Upwardly Global and Smarter Good, and four other social sector start-ups, Jane Leu is intrigued by problems and their solutions. Known for both strong vision and execution, Jane has more than twenty years of entrepreneurial leadership of migration-related organizations. The common theme across her ventures is that they leverage the private sector to ensure that migration creates economic benefit for individuals, families, companies and countries.

As the Founder and CEO of Upwardly Global, Jane built a national organization that has advanced the integration of thousands of skilled immigrant professionals into the workforce, turning the brain drain into brain gain for the US. Funded by venture philanthropy, Upwardly Global works closely with the private sector to connect employers, from multinational corporations to small businesses, to the benefits of a globally diverse workforce.

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This year Jane has advised companies, foundations, start-ups and organizations in Europe and Canada on refugee integration. As a director for a national voluntary agency, she worked between the federal government and local agencies to ensure successful refugee resettlement, and trained and advised organizations across the volag network on refugee labor market integration. As the Founder and CEO of Smarter Good she is preventing brain drain through a BPO-model that leverages the talents of global professionals in their home countries, including in the Philippines.

She is a Lecturer in Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Venture Partner, and has been on the advisory boards of Ashoka U, Joshua Venture, the Peery Foundation and the Migration Policy Institute, among others.

Jane's contributions and leadership have been recognized by BYU Social Innovator of the Year Award, John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and the Manhattan Institute Social Entrepreneur Award, among others. She holds a MA from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a BA from Tufts University.

Lesser-known facts about Jane include: she spends a lot of time talking to her dog, she's learned many key life and career lessons from Tyra Banks and her America’s Next Top Model series (eg smizing), and she would eat entire meals comprised only of corn-on-the-cob if it was deemed as a socially-acceptable thing to do.