Tony Wells is a business veteran recognized as a successful business entrepreneur, community philanthropist, family foundation, and board director.
The Wells Foundation was created in 2001 by Tony and Dana Wells to provide technology and social entrepreneurship grants to nonprofit organizations. Their mission statement is “Create value for the community by developing stronger nonprofit leaders and investing in the next generation of social innovations”. In 2007, the foundation expanded its programs to Leadership Development including developing the first national executive education program for social impact investing. The foundation offered its first impact investment in 2005 and is recognize as one of the largest funders of Social Entrepreneurship and Social Impact Investing in the Central Ohio area.
Wells has an International MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. Wells is also an alumnus of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Wells is a lecturer at The Ohio State University on the subjects of social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, and social impact investing. Wells was awarded an Honorary Doctoral degree in Public Service by Otterbein University in 2015. He and his wife, Dana, and their two children reside in Lewis Center, Ohio.