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Jill Johnson

Jill is the co-founder and CEO of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership (IFEL), based in Newark, NJ. IFEL, founded in 2002, is an independent, nonprofit organization that supports economic development through entrepreneurship. As a 30 year champion for black businesses, Jill is a pioneering voice for inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems and is creating a new paradigm for the access to capital conversation. She is the driving force behind a new initiative, the Making of Black Angels, to drive diversity and inclusion within the investor ecosystem. Jill is a member of the Women’s Forum of New York and serves on the Innovation, Science, Entrepreneurship Task Force of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, the Excelsior Growth Fund Advisory Board, and the NJ Restart & Recovery Advisory Council Main Street Committee. Jill has a B.A. in economics from Harvard and is married with four amazing sons.

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