The Mission Center L3C was founded in 2010 as the nation’s first hybrid, for-profit social enterprise incubator and accelerator focused on providing education and capacity building for social entrepreneurs.
The brainchild of community organizer and professor of social entrepreneurship at Washington University in St. Louis, Chris Miller, TMC L3C has been a pioneer in both developing internally, as well as fostering in the community, innovative new approaches to social change.
Director of Health Innovation
Jamie’s brings expertise in non-profit management and rural community and economic development to the TMC family.
At TMC, Jamie leads the Healthcare Reform Accelerator and provides technical assistance and healthcare consulting to nonprofits across Missouri. Jamie is also an Associate at Community Initiatives. At CI, she assists with curation, group development, and peer learning on Community Commons and also served as the central administrator to several technical assistance grants, including the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work and Community Transformation Grants . Prior to CI and TMC, Jamie worked as a Community Development Specialist for the Illinois Coalition for Community services where she served nine rural counties in Eastern Illinois and provided technical assistance and capacity development to non-profit organizations, community groups, and government agencies.
Jamie received her Masters in Rural Sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Western Illinois University, and is a licensed insurance producer in Missouri.
Jamie lives in Jefferson City with her husband, Dan, and their miniature schnauzer, Otto.
Executive Vice President
Christy Maxfield, CFRE brings more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit management, fund development, board relations and communications to her work at The Mission Center. As President she is responsible for business development, client relations, strategy and communications for the Mission Center’s Nonprofit Services (accounting, HR, insurance and consulting). In her role as Executive Vice President of The Mission Center L3C, she works on projects related to the social enterprise incubation and acceleration.
Most recently, Christy served as director of development for CID – Central Institute for the Deaf. Before moving to St. Louis in 2005, she held a number of fundraising positions at nonprofit organizations in New York and New Jersey, including Thirteen/WNET, The Ad Council, The Women’s Fund of New Jersey and George Street Playhouse.
Christy is an alum of the Leadership St. Louis program (2009-2010) and the Coro Women in Leadership Program (Class 48). She a former member of the board of the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis and a current member of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s board development and strategic learning committees. She joined the board of GO! Network in December 2012. She also maintains active membership in the St. Louis chapters of the Social Enterprise Alliance and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Christy earned her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credential in September 2007. She is a licensed insurance producer in Missouri and Illinois. Her Bachelor’s degree is in political science from Montclair State University.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Chris is the Founder and CEO of The Mission Center L3C, Founder and Managing Member of The Mission Center Management Services LLC, Founder of The Missouri Community Healthcare Co-Op Inc. and serves as Senior Lecturer of Social Entrepreneurship at Washington University in St. Louis.
After receiving his undergraduate degree from Truman State University and his Masters from the University of Illinois, Chris was a community organizer for the Illinois Coalition for Community Services (ICCS). Through this role, he assisted hundreds of low-income social entrepreneurs start, scale and sustain non-profit organizations that were organized to address issues of common concern in their communities.
In 2007, Chris joined Washington University in St. Louis’ Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. There, he helped develop the community based social entrepreneurship education program and oversaw the University’s Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Competition (SEIC) which awards over $155,000 a year in social venture capital to startup social enterprises. As a direct extension of his work at the University, he began to develop the concept of The Mission Center, L3C in early 2007 with his colleague from the Brown School of Social Work, Barbara Levin.
On his path toward fulfilling the vision of The Mission Center L3C, Chris left Washington University in the summer of 2009 to join Yurbuds and worked with the rest of the management team to get through the initial product launch that ultimately resulted in the company being named Forbes Magazine’s “9th Most Promising Company in America” for 2009.
After helping to launch and scale Yurbuds, Chris went full time at The Mission Center L3C in April of 2010 and, among other innovations, is currently transitioning its existing statewide health insurance consortium of 74 nonprofits into a new form of tax-exempt health insurance carrier created under the Affordable Care Act that will be able both to provide healthcare coverage to small group employers as well as individual citizens and entrepreneurs.