Rolfe Larson, President
Rolfe Larson has more than twenty years of experience managing and advising organizations in both the for-proﬁt and nonproﬁt sectors. Prior to starting RLA in 1995, Rolfe Larson was an executive for almost ten years at Minnesota Public Radio, where his responsibilities included identifying, researching, and launching new business ventures. Several of the ventures he helped launch generated signiﬁcant value to MPR. Business areas include music marketing, product licensing, mail order catalogs, publishing, and commercial broadcast media.
For more than a dozen years, Rolfe was a Professor of Marketing at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, at the College of Business, where he taught courses in marketing, business planning and social entrepreneurship. Rolfe served on the boards of the Social Enterprise Alliance, The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota, and Mississippi Market. Rolfe holds a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College and an MBA from Yale University, with an emphasis in marketing and ﬁnance
Jennifer Li Shen, Affiliate
Jennifer Li Shen holds an undying belief in our democracy, and cares most about making strategy real in the pursuit of lasting social change. She brings over 15 years of consulting experience to her role as Partner and Co-founder of Blue Garnet, a social purpose company that helps to transform organizations from good enough to truly great.
Jennifer brings a unique combination of expertise in business strategy and organizational change with experience across sectors. She is comfortable pushing for innovation and asking the tough questions, and channels her inner maximizer to realize the potential in others and help them succeed. She enjoys helping clients create clarity on answering "So What?" - defining tangible success and impact and the "secret sauce" of each client to deliver on mission. Previously, Jennifer served Fortune 500 clients as a strategy consultant at Boston Consulting Group, where she developed and implemented business and market strategies, and organizational change. She has also worked at TCC Group and The Fannie Mae Foundation.
Jennifer is a Founding Partner and former Board Director of Los Angeles Social Venture Partners, and was business advisor to the Los Angeles Social Enterprise Leadership Forum. She currently serves on the Social Impact Exchange Contributions Review Team and the Terry McAdams Book Award Committee. Jennifer holds an MBA from Yale University and a BA in Political Science with concentration in Public Policy from Swarthmore College. As wife and mother of three, she lives life to the fullest, and always strives to catalyze social change to create impact.