CEO & Co-Founder of New Story
Brett is the CEO, Co-Founder of New Story, an innovative nonprofit founded in 2015 that pioneers solutions to end global homelessness. Brett’s a Y Combinator alum, 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur, author, speaker and cancer survivor. Fast Company recognized New Story as one of “The World’s Most Innovative Companies” in 2017 and 2019 as a Top 10 nonprofit, and Brett was named one of the Top 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs in 2018.
Before founding New Story, Brett lived a self-consuming lifestyle that led to unfulfillment in his early twenties. Longing for a bigger purpose and a more meaningful life, he made a complete 180 through a revived Christian faith that completely changed his heart and values.
This change led to a trip to Haiti in 2013 where he met families living in tent slums because hundreds of thousands of homes were destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. Although his heart was broken seeing kids growing up in life-threatening tents without life’s most basic human needs, he still did not think he’d start a nonprofit because so many already exist.
Brett found the cause to champion, and searched for nonprofits that were innovating, being radically transparent and accountable, using technology, taking risks to achieve breakthroughs, and pushing to challenge traditional methods. He couldn’t find organizations with those principles.
Seeing an entrepreneurial opportunity to create a different kind of nonprofit, New Story was founded shortly after my 25th birthday. In four years, New Story has funded 2,300+ homes, building 16 communities, raised over $25M, and is on track to 3D print the first community in history in 2019. New Story is an entrepreneurial example that proves a small group of millennials with extraordinary effort and a unique approach can build an organization that disrupts the status quo and changes thousands of lives.
Brett is passionate about speaking on leadership, creating a team culture of innovation, helping other social entrepreneurs, and partnering with companies to give their team members the opportunity to make a direct life-changing impact through New Story.
The status quo holds companies back from realizing their full potential and the impact they can have on social needs. Brett challenges audiences to throw the status quo out the window and embrace new ideas, methods, and technology.
Brett co-founded New Story dedicated to building communities to bring breakthrough housing, solutions such as 3D-printed homes, to those who need them most. His story inspires others to think outside of the box to impact more lives.
Brett has led an all millennial team to build one of the “World’s Most Innovative Nonprofits” by creating a culture of humility and excellence. Learn to attract this high-achieving talent and strengthen your company culture through a culture of love and care for one another.