Advisor Navigator Joe Padilla and Community Navigator Jenalyn Santos join RevHub to advance efforts in social enterprise growth.
Irvine, CA, July 2023 | Announcing two new hires tasked with increasing its reach and access, RevHub pushes forward on its mission to build the social enterprise ecosystem and illuminate pathways to entrepreneurship for under-represented and under-resourced communities throughout Orange County.
Appointed to the new position of advisor navigator, Joe Padilla offers over two decades of career experience in leadership and management, strategic planning, and program development. Padilla served in executive roles within some of Southern California’s largest non-profits, and he channels that expertise while advising new ventures.
As the new community navigator, Jenalyn Santos is one of the founding staff members of Chrysalis in Orange County, where she discovered her passion for strategic outreach and partnerships. In her new role, Santos ensures RevHub maintains a solid presence throughout the community while working closely with its partners.
RevHub President and CEO Stephan Erkelens is focused on utilizing positions like advisor and community navigators to shape the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Orange County, setting the precedent for the rest of the state, the nation, and eventually the world at large.
“OC is an emerging sector and economic driver, spawning new jobs where potential millions are being employed to benefit society, the environment, and other valuable causes,” says Erkelens. “Local foundations, churches, corporations, universities, and the OC public sector all encourage innovation here.”
Erkelens co-founded RevHub with the support of other seasoned professionals who have a proven track record in charitable giving, business, finance, and social enterprise. Compelled by a unified vision, the group strives to create a better mechanism to fund and sustain social enterprises both at home and around the world. With the mentorship of leaders like Karr, RevHub has become a collaborative ecosystem of like-minded individuals where both founders and funders are able to accelerate the impact of nascent social enterprises.
RevHub is coalescing Orange County’s social enterprise ecosystem for greater innovation and impact. Founded in 2019, RevHub is a community of investors, entrepreneurs, mentors, and partners which has incubated 23 social enterprises and established RevFund I, Orange County’s first social impact investment fund. In 2022, RevHub joined several partners in establishing the NorthSTAR (Systems To Access Resources) OC Collaborative to build the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Orange County. This ecosystem is designed to illuminate pathways and eliminate barriers to entrepreneurship for under-represented and under-resourced communities.