Exec. Director, Coalfield Development Corp.
Brandon Dennison, born and raised in West Virginia, is the founder and current Chief Executive Officer of the Coalfield Development Corporation, a community housing and development organization (CHDO) working in rural southern West Virginia. Coalfield Development has incubated five social enterprises and professionally trained over 300 unemployed people, many of them laid-off coalminers. Dennison holds a Master of Public Affairs in Nonprofit Management from Indiana University. Social enterprise is his passion, as evidenced by his holding a certificate in Social Enterprise from the Indiana University Kelly School of Business. He recently completed the Community Progress Leadership Institute at Harvard University Law School, and is certified by National Development Council as an Economic Development Finance Professional. Dennison is a 2015 winner of the J.M. Kaplan Social Innovation Prize and the 2014 Diehl Family Social Enterprise Competition. He was recognized in 2016 by the Chronicle on Philanthropy's "40 under 40" leaders nationwide who are making their mark on the nonprofit world.