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Philip Gaskin

Vice President of Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship

Philip Gaskin is vice president of Entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he leads the strategic implementation and execution of the Kauffman entrepreneurship strategy across the new entrepreneurial learning, ecosystems, entrepreneur support organizations, policy, and knowledge creation and research programs and initiatives. Gaskin also oversees Kauffman’s inclusive entrepreneurship efforts charged with executing the Foundation’s Zero Barriers national strategy of removing systemic barriers to startup and success for entrepreneurs and their communities to increase rates of entrepreneurial activity. He is responsible for the strategic planning, grants process, budgeting, and operations of the Entrepreneurship department as a whole.

Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Gaskin was chief operating officer at MissionHub, which supports social entrepreneurs and impact investors in building sustainable businesses that drive long-term social and environmental change. There, he led organization-wide initiatives on process and product improvements for greater efficiency and differentiated value to ecosystems of entrepreneurs and innovators. He served as lead partner to Impact Hub’s global association to promote interorganizational alignment, shape global business strategy, and advance strategic development efforts in developing regions of the world including Africa and Latin America.

Earlier, Gaskin was a political campaign director for various candidates, including Cory Booker for U.S. Senate and President Barack Obama in Pennsylvania for Obama for America, where he built and scaled grassroots ecosystems of volunteers that delivered historic results, aligning community, city, and state leaders to support his initiatives.

Prior, Gaskin was senior vice president in global business strategy and solutions at BCD Group, a multinational conglomerate specializing in global travel management and strategic consulting to Fortune 500 companies, overseeing global operations, customer strategy, account and contract management, technology, finance, and business development for a 400-person multi-national business unit representing $1B in revenues. Of note, Gaskin led teams that created the industry’s first global service marketplace, an automated and interlinked ecosystem platform providing real-time service and solutions to corporate travelers in over 30 countries.

Gaskin graduated from California State University with a Bachelor of Science in marketing.