Jonathan Coleman, ASSETS Lancaster’s Program Director, was selected as one of the “20 under 35: Young Professionals Changing the World” winners by the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA). For over 60 years MEDA has created business solutions to poverty around the world through unleashing entrepreneurship. With this award, MEDA honors North American individuals who “embody an entrepreneurial spirit and embrace a desire to make a difference in the world.”
An entrepreneur at heart, Jonathan has a passion for finding and developing innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems and a strong belief in the power of business to help facilitate positive societal change on a local, national, and global scale. He has been involved in economic and community development activities for 8 years, including projects in Latin America, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the United States. Prior to ASSETS, some of his work included launching and managing a successful education-based pilot project in Zambia, overseeing growth within a child sponsorship program in the Dominican Republic, and aiding in the job placement of recently arrived refugees and asylum seekers in the United States. As Program Director at ASSETS, Jonathan has helped create and launch several new programs, including the Lending Circles Microloan Program and a Social Enterprise Accelerator and Pitch Competition. Jonathan holds an MBA in Economic Development and is fluent in Spanish.