Michael Kieschnick, an SVN member since 1992, is CEO, president and co-founder of CREDO/Working Assets, a company dedicated to changing the world through progressive philanthropy and political activism. Working Assets was founded in 1985 to give people an easy way to make a difference in the world, just by doing the things they do every day. Each time their members use one of their services — CREDO Mobile, CREDO Long Distance and the Working Assets credit card — they automatically send a donation to nonprofit groups working for peace, human rights and the environment. To date they’ve raised over $65 million for groups like Greenpeace, Doctors Without Borders, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. But they’re not just raising donations for progressive causes, they’re making change. The CREDO Action website plugs you into a network of like-minded citizen activists and provides easy and effective ways to take action on the issues you care about.
Michael teaches a course on social innovation at Stanford University, and previously taught a graduate seminar on financial innovation at the University of California, Berkeley. Michael has a Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University, and earned bachelor’s degrees in biology and economics at Stanford University. He currently serves as a board member for several nonprofits — the League of Conservation Voters, the OneCalifornia Bank Foundation and the Beatitudes Society. In his spare time, he helps run the Secretary of State Project, which works to elect reform candidates to the critical position of chief election officer at the state level.