Founder & CEO

Venn Foundation

Jeff Ochs is the founding CEO of Venn Foundation, which is a nonprofit public charity on a mission to unleash the full power of Program-Related Investments to advance charitable impact. Jeff has made a career as a successful cross-sector entrepreneur. He first founded and directed Breakthrough Twin Cities, a nonprofit college access and teacher training program. He then invented and commercialized Snake Oil, a hit educational party game that won the prestigious Mensa Select award and was licensed by Hasbro.

Before founding Venn Foundation, Jeff worked in various early-stage investment management roles throughout the Twin Cities and consulted for foundations making program-related investments into social enterprises. Jeff has a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota, and he played a leadership role in drafting and advocating for Minnesota’s Public Benefit Corporation statute. He was recognized with the “40 Under 40” award by the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal in 2015.