Joe Waters

Co-Founder and CEO of Capita

Joe Waters is the co-founder and CEO of Capita. A nonprofit ideas lab, Capita works at the intersections of research, policy, social innovation, design, and the arts to explore how the great cultural and social transformations of our day affect children and their families, and to foster a future in which all people flourish. Joe also serves as a Senior Advisor to Openfields, a Greenville, South Carolina-based consulting firm. Prior to starting Capita, Joe was the Executive Vice President of the Institute for Child Success.

His commentary on issues facing America’s families has been published by Investor’s Business Daily, The Hill, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The State, The Charlotte Observer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and other outlets, and he has moderated public dialogues with diverse figures including National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds, Washington Post columnist Arthur Brooks, and architect Itai Palti. Joe has been an invited speaker at the White House’s first forum on social impact finance, the Aspen Forum on Children and Families, the Lego Idea Conference, Think Future, and the World Forum on Early Care and Education.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Felician Center, which helps those who struggle to meet their basic needs in South Carolina’s rural Pee Dee region and the Greenville Chorale. He also chairs the South Carolina Advisory Board for Nurse-Family Partnership, an evidence-based home visiting program that serves first-time mothers across the state. He graduated from Furman University (BA, history) and earned a master’s degree in divinity from Duke University.

He and his wife Molly Benedum, a family physician, live with their dog Agnes in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.