Ortmans Jonathan

Jonathan Ortmans
President, Global Entrepreneurship Week
Senior Fellow, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Washington, DC

Leading the development of Global Entrepreneurship Week on behalf of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Jonathan Ortmans has worked to align more than 120 countries to inspire, connect, mentor and engage the next generation of entrepreneurs. In doing so, he has helped assemble an informal coalition of more than 24,000 organizations dedicated to stimulating entrepreneurial activity. Entrepreneurship (hosted at www. entrepreneurship.org), a public policy initiative to focus attention on the importance of entrepreneurship to the economy and society. Based in Washington, DC, Ortmans serves as an interface between new research and initiatives to advance entrepreneurship at the Foundation and the questions and concerns that arise from policymakers in the nation's capital.

He started his first business at the age of 19 in his native United Kingdom and his second at 34 following a stint on Capitol Hill working for the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee focusing on trade policy. Previously, Ortmans served as executive director of the Columbia Institute for Political Research, concentrating on health care economic policy. Currently, he also serves as president of the Public Forum Institute, an independent not-for-profit organization that enjoys strong bi-partisan congressional support in fostering public discourse on major issues of the day.

Ortmans lives in Washington, DC and can be reached through his policy blog at http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum- Blog/Author/Jonathan-Ortmans.aspx or his Global Entrepreneurship Week blog at http://www.unleashingideas.org/blog/tags/ortmans.