Bart Houlahan

Co-Founder, B Lab

Skoll Awardee


Bart Houlahan co-founded B Lab, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems, in 2006. B Lab drives systemic change through three interrelated initiatives: building a community of certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between good companies and those with good marketing; accelerating the growth of the impact investing asset class through use of B Analytics, and promoting legislation in creating a new corporate form: the Benefit Corporation. B Lab won the 2014 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. Prior to B Lab, Bart was CFO, COO, and president of AND 1, a $250 million basketball footwear and apparel company with distribution in 80 countries. Before AND 1, Bart was an investment banker with Stonebridge Associates, BNY Associates, and Prudential-Bache Securities and was specifically focused on providing corporate finance and merger and acquisition services to small-cap businesses. Bart serves on several business and civic boards, including Hives for Lives, a kid-run charitable business which educates high school students about the power of social entrepreneurship. Hives for Lives, started by Bart’s two daughters, raises bees, sells the honey, and donates all the profits to cancer research (the honey can now be found nationwide in Whole Foods Market). Bart is a graduate of Stanford University with a BS in human biology. He is a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.