Originally conceived and incubated in 2015 by the fine folks at Etsy.com, GWI spent its first year as etsy.org. However, as we are independent entities, we decided that the shared name was causing some unnecessary confusion for both parties. So, with great love and respect between our two organizations, etsy.org officially became Good Work Institute in September of 2016. Meet the Team:
Erica Dorn is Managing Director at the Good Work Institute, where she choreographs experiential and participatory business leadership programs. Erica champions 'deep scale' in business - she believes we can all contribute to building inclusive, compassionate economies that improve our collective future by uplifting diverse and locally-owned businesses. Erica's led a mission-driven career working in U.S. microfinance, community economic development, and small business education. Erica ran business development and lending for Accion NY, the leading micro-lender in the US. As a new economy consultant, she built programs advocating for inclusive ownership and heart-led decision making for the Queens Public Library, Department of Small Business Services, Fare Resources, and Bernoulli Finance. Erica is an adjunct lecturer at Baruch College in Community Economic Development, Slow Money NY board member, and Coro alumni.
Director of Operations
As Director of Operations, Caitlin dots the i’s and crosses the t’s throughout all areas of our work. Her passion for process is born from her work supporting and organizing local business owners to build a better, more compassionate economy. In her 15 years as a New York City resident, her career has flowed from the hallowed halls of city government to the mean streets of local economic development. As the Director of Planning and Community Development at Evergreen, a north Brooklyn industrial development non-profit, she built a network of food businesses focused on building the skills and relationships necessary to power a renaissance in NYC local food production. Caitlin holds a B.A. in Political Science and a M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University.
Grace joined the Good Work Institute team in 2015 after working in the fashion industry as Production Manager for a small NYC based brand. Having dedicated much of her time to working with social enterprises in the U.S. and abroad, Grace sees value and great opportunity in the creation of a new approach to business education that cultivates an inclusive and compassionate economy that works for all. Grace graduated from the University of Colorado, Leeds School of Business in 2013. As Community Manager, she focuses on connecting and maintaining the greater community of fellows, program logistics, and communications. She loves working with fellows and finds joy in working toward more just and regenerative business strategies and implementation. Grace grew up moving from NYC to Tokyo to Basalt, Colorado and now lives in Newburgh, NY.
Before heading up the Good Work Institute, Matt was the VP, Values, and Impact at Etsy.com. In that role he oversaw the stewardship of the company's mission, and worked to give all employees the means and the desire to maximize the benefit their work has on people and the planet. In 2013, he was named a GOOD Magazine 'Figure of Progress'. The next year he was named as one of the Purpose Economy 100. Matt also serves on the Board of Directors for the Schumacher Center for New Economics, the Center for a New American Dream, and Naropa University. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, Benedikta, and their sons, Francis and Lewie.