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Edward Skloot’s career has spanned more than 40 years in public and civic service. He was the founding CEO of the Surdna Foundation in New York City, where he worked for 18 years, retiring in 2008. There, he helped build its endowment to more than $1 billion and make grants in excess of $400 million. After his retirement he was recruited to Duke University to become Professor of the Practice of Public Policy and to set up the Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society, where he served for five years. Today he is a part-time consultant and volunteer in the nonprofit field.
Ed was an early proponent of social entrepreneurship and in 1984 wrote the first major article about it (“Should Not-for-Profits Go Into Business?”), published by the Harvard Business Review. He has edited three books and written more than 20 articles about the the social sector and philanthropy. Before coming to Surdna, he established and ran a nonprofit consulting firm (New Ventures). Earlier in his career he held senior positions in the governments of New York City and New York State.
Ed serves on the board of Repair the World and has served on numerous others, including Consumers Union (Consumer Reports), Citizen Schools, Partners for Palliative Care and Venture Philanthropy Partners.
He lives in New York City.