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Alumni Profile

Ray Leach

Ray Leach SF ’02

Founder and CEO, JumpStart Inc.

  • Advises President Barack Obama and assists communities across the United States in jumpstarting their economies through innovation
  • Served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for CommonAngels, Boston’s largest angel investor organization
  • Raised $60 million in charitable gifts to support JumpStart Inc.

Although Ray Leach enrolled at MIT Sloan to become savvier in business, the School transformed him into a community leader. Since 2003, he has helped restore the technology industry in the Midwest through his nonprofit JumpStart Inc. Recognized by President Obama for his expertise, Leach now assists communities nationwide as a member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Leach founded four thriving enterprises by the time he enrolled at MIT Sloan. Coupled with his increased involvement in the Boston community during the aftermath of 9/11, he was amazed at how his education changed his outlook on his career.

“I initially came to MIT Sloan to pivot my career direction and create new venture capital connections,” he shares. “I’d never done anything with nonprofits, but learning from the work of Senior Lecturer Peter Senge and the Leadership Center, my eyes were opened to a broader set of firms and facets of leadership. I saw ways to use my education to do things other than just maximize my personal wealth.”

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