Founder, Open Books
Co-Founder, Chicago Literacy Alliance
Chicago, IL, USA
Stacy Ratner is a serial social entrepreneur focused on literacy in Chicago, where her current work includes Open Books (Founder: nonprofit social venture providing literacy programs to 5,000 K-12 students every year and giving more than 130,000 books to students, educators, and nonprofit partners annually, all supported by book sales in two award-winning stores) and the Chicago Literacy Alliance (Co-Founder: literacy coalition of 120+ organizations serving more than 18 million readers of all ages each year, headquartered in the country’s first shared workspace dedicated to literacy). Recent recognition for her work includes the Library of Congress’s Best Practices in Literacy Award, Chicago Magazine’s Chicagoan of the Year award, and the Social Enterprise Alliance’s Innovation Award. Prior to her nonprofit career, Stacy served in founding roles at three venture-backed tech startups, taking them from idea through national rollout and a combined total of $30 million in committed funding. She holds a BA from Brandeis University and a JD from Boston College Law School, and will receive her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management/Northwestern University in 2018.
I have more than a decade of experience in founding and expanding nonprofit organizations, and am excited to share my experiences to help BCH grow well and wisely.