The Program on Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law was founded in July 2011 by Kavita Ramdas who served as the program's inaugural executive director until fall 2012. Ramdas is now based in New Delhi as the Ford Foundation's representative in South Asia serving India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Ramdas continues her engagement in the program as the chair of the program's Global Practitioner Council providing strategic support and guidance to the program.
The program is led by Faculty Director Deborah L. Rhode, the Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law and director of the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession at the Stanford Law School. A lawyer and long time advocate for gender equality, Rhode's prominent voice as a researcher and academic successfully led the effort to create Stanford’s Center on Ethics. Rhode is also an affiliated faculty member at CDDRL and has been involved in the program from its inception serving as a faculty primary investigator jointly with CDDRL Deputy Director Kathryn Stoner-Weiss. Rhode is teaching the fall 2012 course "Law, Social Entrepreneurship and Social Change" at the Stanford Law School, which prominently features the work of the program's second cohort of social entrepreneurs working to advance change through legal systems.
The program is managed by Sarina A. Beges who also serves as CDDRL's central program manager working to support the center's growing practitioner-based programming, which includes the Draper Hills Summer Fellows program. Beges comes to CDDRL from the Synergos Institute in New York where she identified and supported a network of social entrepreneurs across the Arab world.
The Program on Social Entrepreneurship benefits tremendously from a founding cross-disciplinary faculty advisory committee who help shape and more fully develop close working relationships with partners across campus, including:
- The Center for Social Innovation at the Graduate School of Business (GSB)
- The Haas Center for Public Service
- The Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS)
- The Clayman Institute for Gender Research
- The Center for the Legal Professions at Stanford Law School
- The Medical School’s Global Health Initiative