Adene Sacks
Networks and Leadership

Adene Sacks' best days at work are spent thinking with others about the role that design, networks and leadership play in scaling social change efforts. Adene was the first senior program officer at the Jim Joseph Foundation and was the founding Executive Director of a new social venture in Silicon Valley and Israel that supported social entrepreneurs. Adene currently works as a philanthropic advisor and social impact strategist, partnering with foundations, entrepreneurs, nonprofits and innovative social ventures to develop social impact strategies and achieve their vision for growth. Her published works center on enhancing funder sophistication around funding innovation, deploying data in philanthropic strategy and amplifying the systems-level capacities of social change leaders. Adene has been a Senior Advisor at DataKind and for the Fellows Program at the Stanford d.School. She is the Program Director of the Irvine New Leadership Network, proudly serves on the board of Girls Leadership and advises the Peleh Fund, a family fund focused on innovation and the arts.