Bulbul Gupta, MPP
President & CEO
Bulbul Gupta, MPP is President & CEO of Pacific Community Ventures, where she previously served as a Board member, coming in to support our first Good Jobs strategy. Bulbul is a mission-driven leader, passionate about making markets and technology work for social equity, and the future of workers. She has 20 years of experience in funding and advising entrepreneurs, advancing quality jobs, and growing the field of impact investing for equity and inclusion. Under Bulbul’s leadership, PCV has doubled their community investing and business advising portfolios empowering small business entrepreneurs across the country, and re-committed our mission to addressing racial wealth gaps through a good jobs agenda. Bulbul also serves as a Lecturer in Impact Investing at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and in 2021 was named one of the Most Influential Women in the Bay Area by the SF Business Times.
She recently served as an outside policy advisor to the Biden-Harris campaign on small business, racial equity, and good job creation; and was an Entrepreneurship Policy Advisor to the Clinton Campaign in 2016. Previously, she was the Managing Director of Socos Labs, an artificial intelligence think tank innovating the future of work to make work and economies more inclusive and human-centric; an adjunct lecturer in Social Innovation & Impact Investing at Hult International Business School and NYU; and a speaker/coach at Singularity Ventures, 500 Startups, and Village Capital. Bulbul founded and ran her own small business consultancy for several years, supporting BCorps and impact entrepreneurs to practice DEI, maximize for community impact, worker empowerment, including Greyston Bakery in Yonkers, NY – the first employer in the country to practice open hiring for formerly incarcerated individuals.
Bulbul formerly led Entrepreneurship & Impact Investing at the Clinton Global Initiative, where she led their revised impact metrics effort, and alignment with the launch of the SDGs, including on building out indicators and targets for Decent Work and Jobs – a top priority for President Clinton. She served on the Board, and as Board Chair, of Upaya Social Ventures – an impact fund investing in bottom-of-the-pyramid entrepreneurs in India to create dignified good jobs for the ultra-poor. She led private sector partnerships at The Asia Foundation, coordinated strategy and budget for fragile states economic recovery, and public-private partnerships at USAID; and started her career on and off Capitol Hill on social safety nets and women’s human rights. Bulbul has served on MacArthur Foundation’s Place-Based Investing and the Global Social Good/G8 Impact Investing task forces, advised the Open Road Alliance family office, and helped launch the White House National Advisory Board on Impact Investing in 2013.
She has a Masters in Public Policy & Economics from the University of Michigan, and completed her undergraduate thesis on micro-lending and women’s economic empowerment at George Washington University. An immigrant daughter of Indian entrepreneurs, she lives in Palo Alto, CA with her Jedi daughters.