Causeartist is a global community of conscious consumers, social entrepreneurs, business leaders, and the individuals who support them, who believe social enterprise can positively impact the world. Meet incredible brands and find resources to help you build your own amazing venture.
Your Discovery Hub for Social Enterprise and Impact Entrepreneurship
What is a Causeartist?
causeartist – [cause-artist] noun. a person who uses their talents and skills to impact the world.
Everyone — from shoppers and workers to entrepreneurs and investors — can change the world by making decisions that benefit the people and places around them. Armed with the determination to discover, learn and grow, you already have what it takes to be a Causeartist.
Welcome to our community of game changers.
In November 2013, Causeartist was created to tell the stories of creative brands, startups, and social entrepreneurs impacting the world through social enterprise. Causeartist’s own story, however, began years earlier.
Causeartist’s founder, Grant Trahant, grew up in New Orleans, where he was introduced to social issues at an early age. New Orleans was, and continues to be, deeply racially segregated. Embedded in largely black neighborhoods and sports teams, racism and racial dynamics played a large part in the lives and opportunities of Grant’s peers.
The weight of Grant’s early experiences of social inequality didn’t fully register until he began attending college at 24. His education opened his eyes to systems of oppression, and when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, he watched with frustration as the systems his friends and family had relied upon for survival collapsed.
With President Obama’s campaign and election, Grant found inspiration in the possibility of a new paradigm — a political system that served everybody, regardless of race, gender, or geography. He switched his major from digital technology to political science. But the more he learned about political systems, the more frustrated Grant became with their failings.
Grant became fascinated by the idea that businesses could solve societal challenges — skipping over the need for political intervention — when brands like Warby Parker hit the scene. He began seeking out social entrepreneurs to learn more about what they were doing and how he could be involved, and uncovered a bustling world of enterprises determined to make the world better through business. From LSTN Sound headphones and Ethnotek backpacks to Indosole shoes and MADI Apparel clothing, the businesses Grant learned about were finding ways to solve social issues, and they were also creating products he was excited about.
At the time Grant was learning more about impact businesses, few resources existed for others to discover and become involved in business as a force for good. He launched Causeartist to provide a discovery hub, telling the stories of the incredible people and brands he was learning about.
Today, Causeartist has told the stories of hundreds of brands and business leaders to people in more than 200 countries. Grant operates Causeartist with a growing team of media experts, writers, and editors, all of whom are passionate about improving systems and lives through the power of social enterprise.
Grant Trahant | Founder and President
Grant is the founder of Causeartist, one of the most influential impact business platforms in the world. Since 2013, Causeartist has been read in over 200 countries. Grant has personally interviewed over 600 impact entrepreneurs from around the world, highlighting innovations in ethical fashion, climate change, ethical technology, impact investing, and sustainable travel.
James Duft | CEO
With 15 years of experience in the world of national event and magazine media, James is a whiz at networking, partnership development, and operations and logistics. Among his greatest hits: creating the multimillion-dollar event series, Mother Earth News Fairs; partnering with UC Berkeley to host a beneficial business gala with speakers including Deval Patrick, former governor of Massachusetts, and Jostein Solheim, CEO of Ben & Jerry’s; and helping produce large-scale music events.
Jessica Kellner | CMO
Jessica has more than a decade of experience in content creation and brand management, attracting vast audiences of enthusiastic print, online and social media readers in an array of niches. Most recently, she was the founding editor of Mother Earth Living, a national natural wellness magazine that’s amassed hundreds of thousands of print readers and a social media universe that includes more than 2 million fans. She’s also the author of Housing Reclaimed: Sustainable Homes for Next to Nothing.
Jennifer Kongs | COO
Jennifer has spent a decade leading the editorial processes for national magazines. She was managing editor of Mother Earth News magazine, helping take the 30-year-old brand to record levels of print and digital readership. She was tapped to execute the editorial vision for a small media startup about conscientious businesses founded in conjunction with the nonprofit B Lab, and has since lent her skills to multiple mission-driven clients.
Lindsey Siegele | CCO
With a formal education in journalism and mass communications, Lindsey has spent her professional life helping national brands and publications hone their voices and grow their digital audiences. Lindsey has developed and directed entire departments dedicated to pumping out high-quality, effectively optimized web content for multiple media companies and brands, driving audiences of more than 5 million people.
Jenny Sands | Managing Editor
An East Coast native, Jenny joins Causeartist after more than a decade in New York City where she managed robust advertising campaigns for Hearst Magazines Digital Media. She is well versed in project management, client relations, and all things content — from branded content creation to custom photo and video production to social media. Throughout her career, Jenny’s focus has been helping clients identify creative, data-driven opportunities to drive brand awareness and generate growth.