The Earth Minders

The Nonprofit Prophet

Even the most vociferous critics of genetic engineering would have to concede: we need more Ken Saxons in the world. Equal parts entrepreneur, social visionary, pragmatic analyst, and leadership matchmaker, Saxon has been serving the Santa Barbara community for nearly 25 years as a guiding force behind some of the most progressive nonprofit and philanthropic programs in the country.  “I love to create organizations, grow teams, and create something that makes a difference,” he says. “That’s my orientation. I like to be creative and nimble.” He is that, and more. As founder of the Courage To Lead Program for nonprofit [...more...]

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