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Chris (Kiff) Gallagher, Jr.

Senior Vice President, Growth & External Affairs

Kiff Gallagher is Senior Vice President for Growth and External Affairs, where he oversees corporate affairs and has launched new practice areas for brand and communications, corporate initiatives, blended finance and philanthropy. For over 20 years, Gallagher has mobilized leaders and resources for public benefit as an entrepreneur, executive, public servant and artist. He began his career as a policy and legislative aide in the White House Office of National Service and Social Innovation. He later co-designed and launched the $400-million, public-private “domestic Peace Corps” initiative. As an Americorps program officer, Gallagher led a $20-million portfolio of community impact projects. At Odwalla Inc. he managed supply-chain partnerships and strategic communications during a high-profile corporate crisis and turnaround, leading to the successful sale to the Coca-Cola Company. Then appointed president of Social Venture Network, Gallagher recruited women, youth and technology entrepreneurs to increase revenue by 45 percent and accelerate movements for sustainable business and impact investing in the United States. After a five-year stint as a composer and recording artist, Gallagher founded the acclaimed Music National Service Initiative. He has won awards and recognition for social innovation from the Aspen Institute, GQ Magazine, James Irvine Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, St. Paul’s School Alumni Association and elsewhere. Gallagher helped launch Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign in 1991, as one of its first employees, and served as a cultural policy adviser to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and transition. Gallagher has consulted internationally for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the U.S. Department of State and has served as a strategic adviser to media, technology and investment companies. He has been an active equity investor for 15 years.

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