Anke Wessels has served as the Executive Director of the Center for Transformative Action (CTA) since 1997. CTA is an independent, education-based 501(c)3 affiliated with Cornell University that provides fiscal sponsorship for social entrepreneurs with innovative nonprofit ventures. CTA’s services support these changemakers with a well-established back office infrastructure, business services, and mentorship so they can focus on building the capacity and programs to realize their social missions. CTA also offers educational programs — courses, conferences, and workshops — to support a diverse group of new or experienced social entrepreneurs in transforming the economy so that it works for everyone.
Dr. Wessels is also a visiting lecturer in Cornell’s Dyson School for Applied Economics and Management, where she teaches a practicum in Social Entrepreneurship focused on Anabel’s Grocery, a student-run nonprofit grocery store.