Spud Marshall is an avid connector, relentless optimist, and serial entrepreneur in the social innovation field. He is the CEO and Chief Catalyst for the co.space (www.thecospace.com), a global network of homes for world-changers. Under his leadership, AshokaU has listed the co.space as one of the top disruptive innovations to emerge in higher education. Spud also founded New Leaf Initiative (www.newleafinitiative.org), a community innovation hub in State College, PA that bridges the university, local government and community members.
In the past few years, he has served as a facilitator, coach and consultant for emerging social entrepreneurs and millennials. He has advised groups such as Penn State University, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation, and The Natural Step on how to build flourishing innovation ecosystems and organizations. He has been listed by Mobilize.org as one of the top millennial civic leaders in the country, and has been featured as one of the top green entrepreneurs in the world by Peace Child International. Spud is known for launching various social change initiatives around the country; most recently coordinating Educate 20/20, a cross-country road trip documentary to spotlight innovations in education. Spud holds an MS in Strategic Sustainability Leadership from Blekinge Institute of Technology, an Honors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University, and currently resides in State College, PA. For more information, visit www.iamspud.com.