Gordon Bloom

Lecturer on Health Policy and Management

Department of Health Policy and Management

Gordon Bloom is founder of the Social Entrepreneurship Collaboratory (SE Lab) at Stanford, Harvard, and Princeton. He teaches about the design, development and leadership of innovative social ventures in global health, development, and the environment. Gordon teaches on the faculty of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Harvard Kennedy School, and is an Expert-in-Residence at the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-Lab).

At Harvard, Gordon teaches Social Entrepreneurship & Global Innovation in a new model delivered in a collaboration between the i-Lab, the Harvard Chan School, and the Harvard Kennedy School. He has also taught on the Faculty of Arts and Sciences/Sociology, at the Harvard Kennedy School on the Leadership and Management faculty, and as a principal of the Hauser Center for Non-Profit Organizations. Gordon served as one of the founding faculty of the $10 million Reynolds Fellows Program in Social Entrepreneurship at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership.

At Princeton, Gordon served as Dean’s Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship in 2009- 2010, and working together with the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, launched a new set of programs and prizes in social innovation and entrepreneurship in collaboration with students, faculty, and alumni.

At Stanford, Gordon created the SE Lab, a Silicon Valley and technology–influenced incubator for social ventures, which takes an interdisciplinary approach to global problem solving. It launched in 2001-2002, while Gordon taught on Stanford’s Public Policy Program faculty, and served as a faculty affiliate at the Center for Social Innovation at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a Program Officer at Stanford’s Institute for International Studies.

Many of the talented students and fellows in Gordon’s SE Labs have won the top awards of prestigious idea and business plan competitions, including those at Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, and MIT.

Gordon is an author in the edited volume Social Entrepreneurship: New Models of Sustainable Social Change (A. Nicholls, ed., Oxford University Press, 2006/2008) and served as a founding member of the Oxford/Ashoka led University Network for Social Entrepreneurship.

Gordon’s interest in entrepreneurship is informed by work in both private and nonprofit sectors in the U.S. (New York, Cambridge, Palo Alto), Europe (London, Paris) and Asia (Hong Kong), as well as by his role as CEO of a medical technology company, and experience in international strategy consulting.

He holds degrees from Harvard (AB), magna cum laude in History & Science; from Stanford (MBA), where he received an award in Public Management; and Columbia (MFA), where he held a Shubert Fellowship. Gordon’s wife, Sara Singer, MBA, PhD, is a member of the Faculty in the Health Policy and Management Department at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, and Massachusetts General Hospital. They live with their children Audrey (17) and Jason (13) in Newton, Massachusetts.