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Will von Geldern (he/him)

Advocacy Consultant

Will joined the Ventures team in 2017.

As Advocacy Consultant, Will is responsible for leading Ventures’ policy and advocacy work. This includes developing curriculum and implementing Ventures’ advocacy training programs, working with clients and other stakeholders to develop a policy vision for the organization, and leading advocacy campaigns to increase awareness of entrepreneurship and small business development as effective anti-poverty strategies.

Will comes to Ventures after working as a field organizer for One America Votes in Seattle. Prior to that, Will led advocacy campaigns in environmental and transportation policy in New York City. Earlier in his career, Will spent a year in Hyderabad, India as a consultant to low-income entrepreneurs through the IDEX Global Fellowship.

If Will could start any business, he would start a club soccer team that provided educational and professional opportunities for at-risk youth and the formerly incarcerated.