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Senior Fellow in Social Innovation
Nate Garvis has operated at the crossroads of Fortune 100 business, government, academic institutions, health systems, media, non-profits and non-governmental organizations for the past twenty years. From those experiences, he has built the skills and relationships that help institutions navigate for success by earning influential reputations in addition to asserting their brands.
Prior to joining Babson and setting up his innovative public affairs practice, Naked Civics LLC, Garvis served as V.P. Government Affairs and Senior Public Affairs Officer for Target Corporation, one of the world's largest retail concerns. He serves on a number of academic, think-tank, business and non-profit boards throughout the country, including Allina Hospitals and Clinics, Rational Energy, the College of Arts and Sciences at St. Thomas University and the Public Affairs Council, which he formerly chaired. He is one of the co-founders of Dotopia, a social enterprise that is creating lifestyle philanthropy for all. Nate is a frequent lecturer and public speaker on the subject of cross-sector approaches to reengineering communities for better prosperity.
As Design Counsel at the Social Innovation Lab, Nate is partnering with Babson’s talent in designing multi-sector approaches to creating common good outcomes for communities. By maturing the corporate social responsibility community within businesses into a new form, corporate social relevance, businesses can mature from largely defensive activities into market creating social good while adding to their bottom line financial health.
Nate has a B.A. in history from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from the University of Oregon. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two young daughters.