Sean Kline

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Associate Director, Stanford Basic Income Lab

For more than two decades Sean has designed and expanded financial innovations to address poverty, economic insecurity and exclusion. He is former Director of the San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment, where he was a leading voice for municipal innovation and equity-driven policies that improve people’s lives and inspire replication. This included co-designing Stanford Basic Income Lab’s first-in-the-nation gathering of mayors and researchers in 2017 with the National League of Cities, and co-authoring the subsequent toolkit, Basic Income in Cities: A Guide to City Experiments and Pilot Projects.

Prior to government, Sean designed and tested frontier social business models, including Reach Global, a first-of-its-kind social franchise that delivered health, livelihood and family finance education with financial services to more than two million women and adolescent girls in Asia, Africa and Latin America. He was also founding CEO of Prizma, a social enterprise in post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina that grew from a small refugee assistance project to become one of the largest microfinance institutions in Central & Eastern Europe and among the 50 strongest globally. Drawing on this experience, Sean helped shape policies and practices of the microfinance field, demonstrating ways financial institutions and impact investors could balance social and financial performance.

Sean holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics & Political Science.