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Spud Marshall

CEO of Barefoot Consulting


Communities thrive when we provide equitable access to connections and resources for all kids to pursue their dreams.

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 residential intentional communities for young changemakers aged 18-30. Under his leadership, AshokaU has listed the 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, 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.