Please join me in welcoming Jennifer DaSilva, Executive Director of Start Small Think Big, for a Cake Panel! A bit about Jennifer: Jennifer is an attorney whose professional background has been in community development. Jennifer began her career in the Bronx in the late 1990s as the Director of the East Side House Settlement Youth Leadership Program, working closely with South Bronx families and community groups, and building partnerships between East Side House and private funders, nonprofit and government institutions, and private businesses. After graduating from law school in 2001, Jennifer clerked on the District of Columbia District Court for the Honorable Gladys Kessler, and worked as a Litigation Associate at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York. Jennifer then worked for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, where she helped to coordinate their 2008 west coast Election Protection effort by opening three national hotline call centers in California, building mobile legal field programs in Nevada and Washington, and recruiting and training 1500+ legal volunteers. Prior to founding Start Small Think Big in 2010, Jennifer worked at Angkor Microfinance Kampuchea, a licensed Cambodian Microfinance Institution in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she helped to design a new microinsurance product for the Cambodian market. She is the chair of the San Francisco Economic Development Alliance , a collaborative of 18 non-profit organizations in San Francisco that provide support services to small businesses. Jennifer holds a BA in Political Science from Yale University, and a JD from Cornell Law School.
A bit about Start Small Think Big: Start Small is a 501c3 organization founded in 2010. We are headquartered in New York City and have successfully expanded our model to San Francisco and Oakland. We serve 1,100+ entrepreneurs annually. 95 percent of our small businesses are minority- or women-owned (close to 80 percent are women). Most live in 2-person households making less than $30k a year. Without equal access to critical resources, the businesses that we support, and the entrepreneurs behind those efforts, must work doubly hard to build better futures for themselves and their communities. Entrepreneurship results in increased innovation and sustained economic growth for everyone, particularly those most marginalized. By investing in the underserved, we create jobs and value for our society. Our mission is to help under-resourced entrepreneurs create thriving businesses in underserved areas so owners can build wealth for themselves, their families and communities. We do this by activating and engaging a top-tier network of professional volunteers who provide high-quality legal, financial and marketing services, at no cost.