“I’m encouraging young people to become social business entrepreneurs and contribute to the world, rather than just making money. Contributing to and changing the world is a lot more fun.” Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Prize
We serve the social enterprise community with effective and sustainable consulting services.
UpSpring, previously Social Enterprise Associates, was formed by a collaboration of consultants who recognized a need for market leveraging, mission based, and values driven expertise to generate ‘triple bottom line’ returns enhancing people, profit, and place. This certified HubZone small business became a ‘B Corporation’ in 2010, the first in New Mexico. Today, UpSpring – a networked, virtual learning organization – brings a circle of colleagues, seasoned experts covering many sectors to work with young professionals constituting the next generation of leaders – to affordably solve your problems.
Our mission is to ‘do well by doing good,’ leveraging the power of the marketplace for social, community, environmental and cultural benefit. Firm activities extend beyond the triple bottom line to the quadruple bottom line to advance people, profit, planet, and place.
We are a mission-driven business, whereby (from the B Corp Declaration of Interdependence): • We must be the change we seek in the world. • It is not enough to advise clients on social, environmental and economic responsibility. We practice what we preach.
We are a registered HubZone Small Business, certified as a socially responsible ‘B Corp’ for more than four years, recognized as ‘Best for the World Small Businesses’ in 2015, 2014, and 2011, and a ‘Sustainable Business of the Year Honoree’ in 2012.
Drew Tulchin, Founder, defines his career making new ideas reality. Drew brings more than two decades experience overcoming “The Doubting Thomases” to build lasting organizations and achieve successful results.
Drew’s professional experience spans the for-profit, non-profit, public & philanthropic sectors. He has helped launch more than 15 start-ups with numerous legal structures. His work has generated more than $100 million for triple bottom line efforts. Consulting has taken him across New Mexico, the U.S., to Native American nations, and more than 40 countries.
He has contributed to 100 + socially entrepreneurial business plans. Prisma Microfinance’s co-written plan was a Global Social Venture Competition award winner, published, and used to raise $1.2 million in private equity capital.
He was Director of a U.S. microfinance organization, the CDFI called ECDC/Enterprise Development Group, serving immigrants and low-income people in Greater Washington, DC. He served as Program Officer for Grameen Foundation as its founding staff person of the Capital Markets Group.
Previous experience includes a Bluetooth wireless firm, socially responsible businesses, and an environmental NGO. He began his career in National Community Service, as a VISTA (US domestic equivalent of the Peace Corps) and an AmeriCorps Team Leader in Oakland, California.
Drew completed his MBA from the University of Washington in Seattle. He finished his BA, Cum Laude, in History and International Relations from Washington University in St. Louis. His studies included a year abroad at Sussex University, UK.
Drew is currently VP of Investments for Meow Wolf, a B Corp start-up based in Santa Fe, NM that creates immersive arts experiences to wow. He also serves as Treasurer on the Board of Chimera, Meow Wolf’s educational non-profit. He is a Lifetime Member of Net Impact. In his free time, Drew plays ultimate Frisbee anywhere he can, hikes to get lost, eats food he doesn’t recognize, and enjoys bad puns more than he should.
Bryan Hill, Consultant, has extensive experience in financial consulting, data analysis, and investment research. He is passionate about impact investing and social entrepreneurship, and is excited to assist UpSpring’s clients to overcome challenges of all kinds.
Past projects include the quantitative analysis of grant request data for Enterprise Community Partners, the development of marketing materials for a South American impact venture capital fund, and the revision of Save the Children’s labor market assessment (LMA) guidebook.
Bryan obtained his master’s degree in international finance and economic policy from Columbia University and his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Maryland. He is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, and is currently pursuing his CFA designation. He lives in San Diego and enjoys hiking, listening to good jazz, and playing slightly lesser jazz.
Sheila Seclearr, Communications, is a writer with a strong business background, having mentored writers, film directors, business owners and artists. She has enjoyed two decades of creative communications and project development, including writing business plans and market studies.
She has worked with national print and broadcast media, trained spokespeople and authors, and developed social media networks for fundraising and awareness. Past clients include Crayola Inc., Hallmark Inc., Harper Collins, and Light Hearted Productions.
Sheila has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Loyola University Chicago. She enjoys Santa Fe’s high-altitude vistas, often on foot or bicycle.
Julian Rochlitz, Fellow, started his work with UpSpring in 2012. He has contributed to a dozen local and international economic development engagements. His project work spans evaluation, financial statements, case studies, and industry analysis. Previous experience includes market research, the development of an evaluation tool and consulting.
Julian lives in Frankfurt, Germany, where he is an MA candidate in Economic Geography at Goethe University. He specializes in international development geographies and on the role of Information and Communication Technologies. Julian is a Max Weber Scholar, awarded to excellent students to support international and interdisciplinary exchange.
In his free time, he enjoys hiking, traveling the world and tasting new food. He volunteers for Hamromaya Nepal, a German non-profit supporting children in and around Kathmandu and helping families cope after the earthquake in April 2015.
Adam Stepanovic, Fellow, has been affiliated with UpSpring since 2007. His professional background spans work in impact evaluation, strategic planning, donor stewardship, and organizational management. His current engagements include work with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, ARD, and Deaf/Blind International; programs with combined work reaching 250,000 individuals. He previously held a position designing and managing impact evaluation at Perkins School for the Blind, an organization reaching 50,000 blind children annually in 67 countries.
Adam is an MA candidate in Applied Economics at San Jose State University. He graduated from Colorado State University with a dual BA in Political Science and Economics, where he was a Monfort Scholar, awarded to excelling students who come from a ranching and agriculture background.
Adam is an award winning college ice hockey referee and avid ultra-marathoner, with numerous 100 mile run finishes, including the Leadville 100 ultra-marathon, the highest race in the U.S.