Jay Coen Gilbert

Co-Founder, B Lab

Skoll Awardee


Jay Coen Gilbert is the co-founder of B Lab, a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. B Lab supports a new type of corporation called “B Corporations”, which, unlike traditional businesses, meet the most rigorous standards of social and environmental performance and transparency, and legally expand their fiduciary duties to include consideration of stakeholder interests. As of November 2015, there are more than 1,450 Certified B Corporations from 130 industries and 42 countries. Prior to this, Jay co-founded and sold AND 1, a $250M basketball footwear and apparel company based outside Philadelphia. Jay led AND 1's product and marketing and was its CEO during the period of its most rapid growth. Between AND 1 and B Lab, Jay enjoyed a sabbatical Down Under and in Monteverde, Costa Rica with his wife Randi and their two children. Prior to AND 1, Jay worked for McKinsey & Co and several organizations in NYC’s public and non-profit world. Jay is President of the Board of the Philadelphia chapter of KIPP Philadelphia Schools, a growing cluster of high performing public charter schools, and a former Board member of Investors’s Circle, a national angel network dedicated to “Patient Capital for a Sustainable Future”, and Social Venture Network, leading national networks of social entrepreneurs and early stage social investors. He is a 2005 Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Jay graduated from Stanford University with a degree in East Asian Studies in 1989.