a former software entrepreneur, is chairman of the Morino Institute,
chairman of Venture Philanthropy Partners, and a special partner
at the private equity
investment firm General Atlantic Partners.
Marioís leadership, the Morino Institute works to enhance the
lives of children of low-income families by helping to foster
innovation in the nonprofit and philanthropic organizations that
serve their needs. Founded in 1994, the Morino Institute
operates as a catalyst organization, launching entrepreneurial
nonprofit organizations to put ideas into action.
organizations created and incubated by the Morino Institute
Philanthropy Partners, which provides sustained financial and
management assistance to boost the strength and impact of
youth-focused organizations; the Netpreneur program, a learning
community dedicated to supporting entrepreneurship in the
National Capital region; the YouthLearn Initiative, which
provides tools and resources to strengthen technology-enriched
learning programs and is now run by the Massachusetts-based
Education Development Center, Inc.; the
Youth Development Collaborative Pilot, which helped
create networked learning centers in low-income neighborhoods of
the District of Columbia; and the
an organization that worked in the mid-1990ís to build the
National Capital regionís potential as a technology power in
the global economy.
establishing the Morino Institute, Mario enjoyed a 30-year
career in the information technology industry during its
developing years. In 1973, he co-founded Morino Associates, a
software firm that merged with another firm in 1989 to become
LEGENT Corporation. LEGENT
was acquired in 1995 in what was then the largest transaction in
the computer software and services industry.
serves as a trustee of Case Western
Reserve University, The Brookings Institution, and The Community
Foundation for the National Capital Region; and as a
commissioner of the National Commission on Entrepreneurship.
honors and awards include: induction into the Washington
Business Hall of Fame (2001), National Ernst and Young Supporter
of Entrepreneurship (2000), Washingtonian magazineís
Washingtonian of the Year (1999), American Academy of
Achievementís Golden Plate Award (1999), Greater Washington
Area Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year (1998), and KPMG
High Tech Entrepreneur of the Year (1993).