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Rasheda L. Weaver

Research Affiliate of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Rutgers University

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About Rasheda

Weaver is a global expert on social entrepreneurship. She conducted the first large-scale empirical study on the social, economic, and legal activities of social enterprises in the U.S. and is the Founder of Weaver's Social Enterprise Directory. In 2023, she joined the Global African Descent Social Entrepreneurship Network sponsored by the Biden-Harris Administration.

In the News

Opinion: "Investing in the Poor Through Social Enterprise Self-Employment Programs," Rasheda L. Weaver, Huffington Post, July 25, 2017.
Opinion: "What are Social Enterprises Doing to Address Racism in America?," Rasheda L. Weaver, Huffington Post, October 13, 2016.
Quoted by David Brodwin in "Building a Better Windy City," U.S. News & World Report, May 23, 2016.


"Insights for Measuring Social Value: Classification of Measures Related to the Capabilities Approach" (with Shoko Kato and Shena R. Ashley). VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations (2017): 1-12.

Introduces the theoretical framework and to present what some of the measures and instruments might look like, at least in part, based on applications in other contexts.

"Social Enterprise Self-Employment Programs: A Two-Dimensional Strategy for Human Capital Investment" Social Enterprise Journal 12, no. 1 (2016): 4-20.

Introduces and illustrates how social enterprise self-employment programs (SEPs) can foster human capital, a predictor of economic growth and development. Provides cases of human capital-oriented social enterprises that outline different business forms for social enterprise SEPs.