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Stephanie Cornell

Managing Director at Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation


Stephanie Dodson Cornell became a Managing Director at Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation in September 2014.  Draper Richards Kaplan believes that with early funding and rigorous support, exceptional social entrepreneurs, tackling some of the world’s most complex problems, can make the world a better place.  

In her role at DRK, she has served on the boards for and worked in close partnership with leadership of DRK portfolio organizations in the U.S., India, Colombia and Africa.  These organizations address a range of issues from mental health to homelessness to economic empowerment to education and more.  She also serves on the boards of RefugePoint, Year Up-Boston, the Partners In Health advisory board and Share Our Strength’s leadership council.  

Stephanie co-founded, and remains involved with, three social ventures.  Strategic Grant Partners, a venture capital model of consulting and philanthropic investing, works to create positive futures for children and families in Massachusetts and nationally.  Project Healthy Children partners with developing countries to save lives through sustainable and measurable methods of food fortification and supplementation.  The Maranyundo Initiative is a boarding school for girls achieving the highest academic performance in the country and a teacher enrichment program in Rwanda.  Stephanie also worked in the computer industry at Tandem Computers.  

She holds a BA in English and Environmental Studies from Oberlin College and an MBA from Stanford University, and completed the Harvard Advanced Fellowship Initiative. Stephanie lives in Boston.