Asha Curran

Beck Visiting Social Innovator

Asha Curran is CEO of GivingTuesday, which works to inspire generosity in communities around the world through its distributed leadership network. She was formerly Chief Innovation Officer and director of the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at 92nd Street Y, one of New York’s most prestigious cultural institutions. At the 92Y, she spearheaded initiatives including the launch of #GivingTuesday; the NYC Venture Fellows, an innovative fellowship for CEOs of NYC start-ups; the Women inPower Fellowship, for rising women leaders; the Social Good Summit; and the annual 7 Days of Genius festival. Asha is an advocate for women’s health, domestic and global maternal health issues. She serves as Chair of the board of directors of, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing civil discourse and issues-driven journalism at The Guardian and elsewhere, and she is a Fellow at Stanford University’s Digital Civil Society Lab within the Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society. She was named to the Nonprofit Times’  Top Fifty Power and Influence list in 2019, 2020, and 2021.