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Spencer Ton

Managing Partner, Vitrum Group


Spencer Ton is Managing Partner of the Vitrum Group, a strategy and investment firm focused on disruptive solutions and technologies that address supply chain innovation, workforce development, and education in emerging markets.

Prior to this role, Spencer was the first Executive Director of the Cordes Foundation, a private, family foundation based in New York & San Francisco. In this role, Spencer was charged with overseeing the foundation’s strategy in building out a more safe and secure world though the advancement of the foundation’s philanthropic, impact investing, and field building work around women and girls empowerment and poverty alleviation through social enterprise. The scope for the Cordes Foundation’s work is global and impact driven with partnerships across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and North America. Prior to this role, Spencer was a Director at the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of the Pacific, a pioneer in social entrepreneurship education and hosted the U.S. China Social Enterprise, which convened and engaged 50 leaders from Mainland China in social entrepreneurship. Spencer served as a Teach in Asia Fellow in Hue, Vietnam and worked at the Friends of Hue Foundation to build out a microfinance strategy for rural farmers in Central Vietnam. Spencer also co-founded Design Capital, a social enterprise and design incubator that creates products and processes that sustain alternative supply chains to prevent environmental and labor exploitation in the fashion industry. He is deeply committed to transparency in retail supply chains and building initiatives that enhance workers rights and conscious consumerism globally. He is passionate about travel, convening, fashion, and global education reform. Spencer is a member of the United Nations Global Accelerator and serves on the board of Ashesi University, Educate!, Design Capital, and the Millennium Campus Network.

Regional Focus

Eastern Asia, North America, Southeast Asia, Eastern and Southern Africa