Spud Marshall is an avid connector and social entrepreneur dedicated to cultivating changemaker communities and innovation ecosystems around the world.
Spud Marshall is an avid connector and social entrepreneur dedicated to cultivating changemaker communities and innovation ecosystems around the world. He is the CEO and Chief Catalyst for the co.space: residential intentional communities for young changemakers aged 18-30. 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, a community innovation hub in State College, PA that catalyzes connections between the university, local government and community members.
In addition to his work at the co.space, Spud leads Barefoot Consulting where he provides strategic support to foundations, communities, universities, and organizations interested in building innovation economies and training emerging leaders and social entrepreneurs. Through this role, he serves as the Student Engagement Director for the Sullivan Foundation, where he designs and develops programs, retreats, and scholarship opportunities for students at 70+ universities around the American Southeast. He has served as a facilitator, coach and consultant for emerging social innovations and has advised groups such as Penn State University, Teach for America, Johnson & Johnson, and The Natural Step.
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; such as 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. To view his most recent projects and ventures, please visit www.iamspud.com.