“I’m thrilled to join SEG and support a mission to make a difference through social entrepreneurship. Since its founding, SEG has proven entrepreneurs of all backgrounds can create innovative businesses to benefit their communities and the economy when they have inclusive support and the right tools,” Musa said. “As soon as I began my career, I knew I wanted to work with organizations making an impact in their communities. I’m eager to build on SEG’s strong foundation and look forward to strengthening our collaborations with thought leaders and business leaders throughout Southern New England. The depth of SEG’s impact since 2011 is incredible and we have a bright future ahead to build a more equitable and impactful business network.”
Musa brings extensive experience in international, government and social impact organizations, most recently serving as senior program director of strategic partnerships at LIFT-DC in Washington, DC, a nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of family poverty by focusing on investing in parents. Musa also served as the Executive Director of the Greater Southeast Management District in Houston, Tex., a government agency tasked with boosting economic development and business opportunities in a low-income section of Houston. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and a master’s degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
“Hina’s passion for social entrepreneurship, a more just business ecosystem and her superior team leadership skills make her an outstanding person for the role of SEG’s new chief executive. She represents the new wave of generational leadership in Rhode Island,” said MJ Kaplan, Co-Chair, SEG Board of Directors. “The Board is excited to partner with her on our joint vision of a diverse network of entrepreneurs creating social change through their ventures.”
Musa has worked with impact organizations in Thailand, the Philippines, and rural Bangladesh. Her international work focused on education and anti-poverty work. While in Bangladesh, she helped establish a microfinance organization that supported local business.
SEG has always been outcome and impact focused. Since launching, SEG’s network of ventures have grown to support more than 3,000 jobs. An estimated 80 percent of SEG Accelerator graduates are operational and employ on average five people. By comparison, the Small Business Association reports
roughly half of all startups close shop within five years of founding and only 30 percent are operational 10 years after launching. SEG’s ventures are firmly rooted in social impact and span a variety of industries, including health and wellness, food and agriculture, and environment. Combined, SEG’s ventures have reached more than 5 million people.
SEG will host a Pitch Night event next Thursday (January 12) at 6pm where the most recent cohort of the Impact Accelerator program will unveil their ventures to the SEG community. During that event, Musa will give remarks and introduce herself to SEG’s broad network of entrepreneurs and business leaders.
About Social Enterprise Greenhouse: Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) accelerates impact by providing inclusive support and networks for entrepreneurs and businesses committed to positive societal and economic change. SEG fosters an ecosystem of diverse stakeholders who work to enable a more just, equitable, and resilient economy. SEG is based in Rhode Island and operates statewide virtually and from sites in Providence, Newport, and Pawtucket/Central Falls. Its network of 1,800+ enterprises and 200+ business and community leaders contributes time, expertise, and funding to grow Rhode Island’s social impact ecosystem. To learn more, visit www.segreenhouse.org.