Social Enterprise Greenhouse names Musa new CEO

PROVIDENCE – Hina Musa will take her experience as an experienced social impact partner from the nation’s capital to Rhode Island to lead a prominent business-support nonprofit.

Musa, who recently served as the senior program director of strategic partnerships at LIFT-DC in Washington, D.C., has been named the new CEO of Social Enterprise Greenhouse, the local nonprofit announced Thursday. Musa formally succeeds Kelly Ramirez, SEG’s former co-founder and CEO who left the organization last year to become Providence College’s inaugural Donald Ryan Incubator for Entrepreneurship in the Arts & Sciences.

Julie Owens had served as SEG’s interim CEO since the end of August before Musa officially took over the role.

According to SEG, Musa also served as the executive director of Houston-based government agency Greater Southeast Management District, which is tasked with boosting economic development and opportunity in the city’s low-income neighborhoods. Musa, SEG said, also worked on international initiatives, such as education and anti-poverty work, in Thailand, the Philippines and Bangladesh. In Bangladesh, Musa helped establish a microfinance organization that supported local business, SEG said.

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Now, Musa will lead an organization that supports more than 1,800 enterprises and more than 200 business committed to positive and social economic change. In a statement, Musa said she is “thrilled” to join the organization that supports making a difference through social entrepreneurship.

“As soon as I began my career, I knew I wanted to work with organizations making an impact in their communities. I’m eager to build on SEG’s strong foundation and look forward to strengthening our collaborations with thought leaders and business leaders throughout southern New England,” Musa said. “The depth of SEG’s impact since 2011 is incredible and we have a bright future ahead to build a more equitable and impactful business network.”

James Bessette is the PBN special projects editor, and also covers the nonprofit and education sectors. You may reach him at Bessette@PBN.com. You may also follow him on Twitter at @James_Bessette.