CivX was created and is run by Will Gossin, Assistant Dean of Students in the Division of Social Sciences. Will has extensive experience helping social sector organizations research and design new capabilities. Prior to his role at the university, Will cofounded two startup companies—one an innovation consultancy for nonprofits and the other an angel-funded technology company connecting donors to causes.

Prior to those leadership roles, he developed a corporate venturing model at a large research institution and conducted policy analysis for the U.S. Department of Education. At the university, Will has worked to make the university's educational experience more student-centered. Through the lens of inclusive design, Will has led a comprehensive rethinking of the Division's core student services, recruitment journeys, as well as developed new partnership models with alumni and community organizations.

He holds an A.M. in Social Science from the University of Chicago, an M.A. in Mental Health Counseling, and a B.A. in Economics. Follow him @willgossin.