Karl Gentles lives his passionate for social entrepreneurship and philanthropy through his role as executive director of the nonprofit Back to School Clothing Drive (BTSCD) and as managing partner of Goode Wright Gentles, a brand strategy, event production and public relations agency. Celebrating its 50th year anniversary in 2017, BTSCD helps more than 25,000 students attending 265 Title I public elementary schools in 40 districts in Maricopa County and Northern Arizona. With more than 20 years of corporate, public relations and nonprofit experience, Karl leads the organization’s highly-acclaimed retail social enterprise that provides matching grants and sells school uniforms to partner schools in support their onsite clothing closets. Gentles was selected as a Piper Fellow in 2011 by Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. He holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership, and a certificate in Social Entrepreneurship from INSEAD School of Business. A two-time Sun Devil, Gentles earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication and later a MBA. He serves on the boards of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, Black Chamber of Arizona, Maricopa Integrated Health Systems Audit and Finance Committee, and Gamma Mu Educational Services.
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