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Alan Landis

Advisor Washington D.C. Metro Area, US

Chief Operating Officer, Polaris (formerly Polaris Project). Georgetown grad.

Chief Operating Officer, Polaris (formerly Polaris Project). Georgetown grad.

4 vouches

Involved In


StreetWise Partners
Rosslyn BID


Chief Operating Officer Polaris (formerly Polaris Project) February 2015 - present
Leader, Strategic Partnerships, Global Marketing & AshokaHub Ashoka April 2010 - August 2014
Board Member StreetWise Partners December 2008 - January 2012
Board Member Rosslyn BID March 2007 - February 2011
Executive Director, CEB Philanthropy Corporate Executive Board June 2007 - March 2010
Executive Director, Corporate Strategy and Development Corporate Executive Board January 2003 - March 2010
Executive Director 2007 - 2010
Practice Manager Corporate Executive Board September 2000 - January 2003
Project Manager Advisory Board Company January 1998 - January 2000
Analyst/Consultant, Research Advisory Board Company March 1995 - January 1999


Georgetown University International Trade, Finance and Business 1994 - 1996
University of Scranton International Relations, Spanish and Philosophy 1989 - 1993

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Education
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Financial Services
  • • Green
  • • Local
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Social Impact
  • • Edutainment
  • • Teacher training
  • • Higher Education

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Fundraising • Non-profit • Philanthropy • Strategy

Key Accomplishments

Not completed yet

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Caren Gordon Cohen
We worked together
Alan has a sharp sense of how things work and how to make them better. It is a combination of instinctive understanding of the economics o ... f a business combined with excellent process and project management skills. I would choose to go into a business that he started.
Alyssa Boente
We worked together at Ashoka
Alan is the person you want to go to not only for taking a business concept to the next level, (he's worked with companies in many industrie ... s and of many sizes and generates incredibly big yet high-quality and feasible ideas based on this experience) but he's also tremendously resourceful. He'll do whatever it takes to accomplish what you want to get done, from strategic planning to stuffing envelopes (literally, I've seen it). He does big picture and little details equally well, brings a wealth of knowledge to the table (he knows something about everything!), and beyond all that is a ton of fun to be around. For all of those reasons (and many more) I count myself very lucky to have him as a mentor and friend, and I couldn't recommend him more highly as a partner or advisor to anyone founding a company.
Caren Gordon Cohen
We worked together
Demonstrated ability to run strategic planning initiatives and launch new businesses in different terrain areas with strong performance resu ... lts. Alan has the capability to bring talented individuals together, motivate them to perform at high levels, and inspire innovation.
Joy Angela Shanaberger
We worked together  •  Business Strategy and Management Expert
Being an entrepreneur is not a descriptor for a 'type of person' -- it is a culture and way of approaching problem solving. Alan is one of ... the sharpest -- and most creative -- execs I've come across. He continuously pumps the entrepreneurial culture into every organization he's a part of. He empowers others and brings new ideas to implementation every single day.