Name: Jeff Furman - aka Super Guy
Current Residence: Ithaca, NY
Birth Place: Troy, NY
Ben & Jerry's Flavor: Cherry Garcia Frozen Yogurt
Music: Old Rock & Roll, and anything that makes you want to dance
Places/Country to Visit: Anywhere that I don't speak the language, which is just about everywhere. I have a preference for third and fourth world countries.
Quote: "If we had justice we wouldn't need charity!"
NPO or Social/Environmental Cause: For many years, my work has been focused on social justice for those who are marginalized in our society. For example, I've led campaigns in schools to demand high quality programs for students faced with racism and/or class discrimination. I've actively supported livable wage and other campaigns for low income workers. Recently I've been engaged with the social forum movement.
BEN & JERRY'S BIO
A little background...
I got to know Ben and Jerry when Ben and I worked at a small residential school in upstate New York. I helped write the first business plan for the original store at the gas station in Burlington, and have been involved in almost all aspects of the business.
How long have I been on the BOD: Since 1980
Why am I passionate about Ben & Jerry's?:
I remain a strong advocate for running our company by leading with progressive values. I believe in the importance of honoring all our stakeholders - which includes those who work at the company, the farmers who supply our milk, our franchisees, and those in our supply chain. I'm proud of our unique history and business model, and I've seen how Ben & Jerry's has inspired many other people to adopt more socially responsible business practices. The exciting challenge is to keep that vision alive, operational, growing and real into the future.
What is my role/purpose on the BOD:
I chair the board and provide some historical memory, and along with my fellow board members have a deep connection to NGO groups dedicated to creating a more just world. I am honored to serve with my fellow board members. I believe we compliment and push each other to fulfill the dreams and aspirations of the founders. I try my best to insure that workers and all of our partners are considered when options are discussed.
What unique capabilities do I bring to Ben & Jerry's and the BOD?:
My long-term history stands out, and the fact that I've been around while our understanding of how to run a values-led company evolved over time. I helped craft the mission and progressive values statement and try to maintain those ideals as guiding principles, with a focus on linked prosperity. Lastly, I'm the only board member who's also worked full time for the company. All in all, I'm at thirty years and counting. That's a lot of ice cream.
A degree in Business with a major in accounting-1965-NYU
A law degree 1968-NYU
Member New York State Bar
Current boards and organizations:
Ben & Jerry's
Ben & Jerry's' Foundation
Funders Network on Transforming the Global Economy
Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency
Equity and Inclusion Committee
I currently run a not for profit called Social Ventures, Inc. which I started about 10 years ago. We work with almost 20 programs in Tompkins County from a free health clinic to Sustainable Tompkins (an environmental group) to work on race and class issues in public schools.
I am happily married to Sara and have 2 terrific kids, Emily and Zach.
I recently organized a bike trip to Detroit to attend the United States Social Forum.