Sunday, March 29, 2020 from 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.



Social Entrepreneurship

in Baltimore, Boston and Beyond

Keynote Talk by Professor Brian Trelstad

Followed by Panel Forum

Please join us for lunch and learning about social entrepreneurship on

Sunday March 29, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. at the

The Johns Hopkins Club

3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore MD


We are delighted to announce that Harvard Business School Faculty

member, Professor Brian L. Trelstad, will be our keynote speaker.

Brian’s topic will be Social Entrepreneurship in Baltimore, Boston and

Beyond: Strategies for Developing, Funding and Implementing

Solutions to Social, Cultural and Environmental Issues.


Professor Trelstad’s talk will include examples of successful social

entrepreneurship in Baltimore (e.g., Jim Rouse’s Enterprise Community Partners), in Boston

(Last Mile Health) and beyond. Following his talk, Prof. Trelstad will moderate a panel

comprised of local social entrepreneurs, including some with Harvard connections.


Panelists are as follows:

Beth Bafford, Ours to Own Baltimore (Initiative by Calvert Impact Capital)

Donald Manekin, Seawall Development Company

Sarah Norman, Sheppard Pratt

Tyrell Dixon, Project Own


Please see below for bios of the keynote speaker and panelists.


The Luncheon is open to all Harvard-Radcliffe alumni/alumnae and their guests.

Luncheon price is $50 per person plus transactional fees. The tickets to the luncheon are nonrefundable

as we have to pay for your attendance in advance.

Please register using the link below.


The payment must be made by March 20, 2020, so we can let the John Hopkins Club how many

people will be attending.


For further information, please e-mail the Harvard Club of Maryland at



The Johns Hopkins Club is located on the grounds of The Johns Hopkins University Homewood

Campus at 3400 North Charles Street in Baltimore, Maryland. The Club’s parking lot,

conveniently located adjacent to the Club, is available at no charge to Club members and their

guests when they are visiting the Club.



Brian L. Trelstad

Senior Lecturer of Business Administration

Brian Trelstad is a partner and board member in the New York offices of Bridges Fund

Management, a global impact investment firm based in London and New York. Brian has over

15 years of impact investing experience, having served until 2012 as the Chief Investment

Officer of Acumen, where he oversaw investments into companies that were delivering health,

water, energy, and agriculture services to the economic base of the pyramid in South Asia and

Sub-Saharan Africa. As CIO, he was a member of Acumen’s management team and helped build

out the network of country operations that worked closely with the entrepreneurs.

Brian was also a co-founding board member of the Aspen Network of Development

Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and was one of the principal architects of the Impact Reporting and

Investment Standards (IRIS). Prior to Acumen Fund, Brian worked as a consultant at McKinsey

& Company, was a lead environmental staff person at the Corporation for National Service, and

has been involved in a range of non-profit and for-profit startups. Brian serves on the board of

VisionSpring, Guidestar, and New Jersey Future and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen



Beth Bafford

Vice President of Syndications and Strategy, Calvert Impact Capital

Beth leads Calvert Impact Capital's new business development efforts, including our services to

accelerate capital flows into communities through loan structuring and syndications. She also

oversees the organization's strategy, communications, and impact measurement functions.

Prior to joining Calvert Impact Capital, Beth was a consultant in McKinsey & Company's D.C.

office where she focused on U.S. Health Reform strategy. She has also worked as a Special

Assistant at the White House Office of Management and Budget during the drafting and passage

of the Affordable Care Act, as a Regional Field Director for the 2008 Obama for America

campaign, and as a Senior Associate at UBS Financial Services.


Beth received both her BA in Public Policy and MBA in Social Entrepreneurship at Duke’s

Fuqua School of Business. She helped launch Duke’s CASE Initiative on Impact Investing

(CASE i3), for which she currently serves on the Advisory Board. She also serves on the Board

of Nonprofit Finance Fund, the Investment Committee for the Aaron and Lillie Straus

Foundation, and the Advisory Board of Higher Ground Labs. She lives in Washington, DC with

her husband and son.


Donald Manekin

Co-Founder, Seawall Development Company

For more than four decades, Donald Manekin has worked on community-focused real estate

development, civic leadership and philanthropic missions in the Baltimore-Washington

region. In 2006, after a six-year hiatus from real estate development, he returned to co-found

Seawall Development Company with his son Thibault.

Seawall Development Company’s projects are focused on redeveloping functionally

obsolescent, generally long vacant historical buildings into mixed use projects that provide

great affordable housing for teachers and cost effective, efficient and collaborative office

space for non-profit organizations. They have completed two projects in Baltimore, Miller’s

Court ( www.millerscourt.com ) and Union Mill ( www.theunionmill.com ) and a recently

completed project in Philadelphia Oxford Mills ( www.theoxfordmills.com ) replicating the

Baltimore model.


Donald Manekin learned the real estate business from his father, Harold Manekin, cofounder

of the Manekin Corporation, whose company he joined in 1975. By 1979, Donald

had developed the skills to open a satellite office for the company in fast-growing Howard

County. This branch eventually employed 30 and developed 2.5 million square feet of

space used for offices, industry, flex and build to suit.


At Donald’s direction as partner and senior vice president of Manekin, the company

developed a team-oriented approach to real estate management. Each team was fully

responsible for the entire real estate process from development and construction through

leasing and on-going management.


Donald brought the same emphasis on long-term goals to his professional, civic and

philanthropic work. As regional president of the National Association of Industrial and

Office Properties and a member of its national board, he traveled to speak on the

importance of a long-term orientation for those in the development business. He also

shared his expertise while teaching graduate students at Johns Hopkins University, M.I.T

and Loyola University-Maryland. He served on a number of boards, including United Way of

central Maryland, Leadership Howard County, Columbia Foundation, Teach for

America and Open Society Institute-Baltimore.


Upon retiring from Manekin in 2000, he served as chief operating officer of the Baltimore

City Schools for two years and managed an $850 million budget, streamlined its financial

systems and oversaw its blueprint for high school reform.


Sarah Norman

Chief of Community Development, Sheppard Pratt Health System

Sarah Norman is Chief of Community Development at Sheppard Pratt Health System, working

to expand housing and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Previously,

she led a national initiative to connect health, housing and community development at

NeighborWorks America. She's also served as a Director and Senior Advisor in the U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services, as Bureau Chief and Senior Advisor in the Baltimore

City Health Department, and as Senior Advisor to a U.S. Member of Congress. With two degrees

from Harvard, she's a former President of the Harvard Club of Maryland. She lives in Baltimore

City with her husband and five-year old son.


Tyrell Dixon

Co-Founder and CEO, Project Own

As the Co-founder and CEO of Project Own, Tyrell is proud to invest his passion for affordable

homeownership into building strong, diverse communities in his native city. Prior to joining

Project Own, Tyrell served at the Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community

Development, working in the Housing Commissioners Office as well as in the Office of Policy

and Partnerships. In addition to his leadership of Project Own, Tyrell works as a developer at

SAA|EVI, a leader in affordable real estate development and investment. Tyrell began his career

in public service as an educator, teaching middle school math in an underserved school district in

Lawrence, MA. He also worked as an instructional designer for New Classrooms, an education

nonprofit in New York City. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Tyrell holds a Masters of

Education from Boston University, and a B.A. from Harvard University.


11:30AM - 4:00PM Sun 29 Mar 2020, Eastern timezone


The Johns Hopkins Club
3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD

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