Faith Knutsen is the Director of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership & Public Service, where she is employed since 2008. She directs the Social Enterprise Ecosystem program, bringing venture development services and capital access to social enterprises in rural SE Ohio and contiguous states. She lectures at the University and to community and civic organizations on social enterprise, entrepreneurial ecosystem development, venture development toolkits, and grantwriting. Previously, she held an executive administrative role at Sunpower, Inc., an engineering R&D firm. Ms. Knutsen began her professional career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in central Africa and has served as a periodic consultant in multiple nations on the African continent. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and a master’s degree from Ohio University. Ms. Knutsen is a proud member of Stuart’s since 2019. She also serves on several other social enterprise Boards, is a periodic playwright for local non-profits, and is the parent of two young adults.