Meet The Faculty

Peter Frumkin

Peter Frumkin is the Mindy and Andrew Heyer Chair in Social Policy, Director of the Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership Program, and Faculty Director of the Center for Social Impact Strategy, all at the University of Pennsylvania. His research and teaching focus on nonprofit strategy, philanthropy, and social entrepreneurship. Frumkin is the author of On Being Nonprofit (Harvard University Press, 2002), Strategic Giving: The Art and Science of Philanthropy (University of Chicago Press, 2006), and The Essence of Strategic Giving: A Practical Guide for Donors and Fundraisers (University of Chicago Press, 2010). He is co-author of Building for the Arts: The Strategic Design of Cultural Facilities (University of Chicago Press, 2014), Serving Country and Community (Harvard University Press, 2010) and The Strategic Management of Charter Schools (Harvard Education Press, 2011). Prior to coming to Penn, Frumkin was Professor of Public Affairs and Director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin. He has taught at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and served as a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. Frumkin received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago.

Ram Cnaan

Ram Cnaan is Professor and Director, Program for Religion and Social Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice. He is the Faculty Director the Goldring Reentry Initiative which works to reduce recidivism. He is also a Global Eminent Scholar at Kyung Hee University Graduate Institute of Peace, South Korea. Professor Cnaan is the past president of ARNOVA (Association for Research on nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary action). He received his doctorate degree from the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, and his B.S.W. and M.S.W. from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. Professor Cnaan has published numerous articles in scientific journals on a variety of social issues and serves on the editorial boards of eleven academic journals. He is the author or editor of eight books including: The Other Philadelphia Story: How Local Congregations Support Quality of Life in Urban America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006). He is considered an international expert in the areas of faith-based social care, volunteering, prisoners’ reentry, and social policy. He lectures widely and teaches regularly in four countries. Currently, professor Cnaan works on three new books: one on religious organization and society; one on innovative nonprofit organizations; and one family history.

Chao Guo

Chao Guo is Associate Professor of Nonprofit Management at SP2. Guo’s research interests focus on the intersection between nonprofit and voluntary action and government. He has many published articles in highly respected and influential journals, and is publishing a book on social entrepreneurship with Jossey-Bass Publishers (in press, spring 2014). His research has been recognized by his peers and won awards from multiple disciplines. He currently serves on the boards of directors of the Association of Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action and the Nonprofit Quarterly. He also serves on the editorial boards of leading journals of nonprofit studies such as Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly and Nonprofit Management and Leadership.

Femida Handy

Femida Handy is Professor of Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research and teaching focus on the economics of the nonprofit sector, volunteering, philanthropy, nonprofit entrepreneurship and micro-finance.

Professor Handy has written articles on all aspects of the nonprofit sector including international comparative scholarship on volunteering. Her books include Grass-roots NGOs by Women for Women: The driving force of development in India and From Seva to Cyberspace: The changing face of volunteering in India. She is currently finishing her third book on India: The Practice and Promise of Philanthropy in India andas well as editing The Palgrave Research Companion to Global Philanthropy.  In addition, she has written on environmental issues, authoring Sense and sustainability: Integrating knowledge in environmental studies and Sandy’s Incredible Shrinking Footprint, a children’s book that introduces the concept of ecological footprint. Professor Handy has published many articles in scientific journals on a variety of nonprofit-related topics including award-winning research. Prior to being appointed as Editor-in-Chief of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the premier journal in the field,she served on the editorial board of several academic journals. Before coming to Penn in 2003, Professor Handy was Associate Professor at the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University Toronto, Canada.

Kenwyn Smith

Dr. Kenwyn Smith, Professor of Organizational Behavior teaches leadership, group and intergroup dynamics, organizational politics, change management to students in multiple graduate programs at Penn.  During his time on this campus Kenwyn directed the Center for Workplace Studies, functioned as Faculty Master of Ware College House, created Penn’s Graduate Program in Nonprofit Leadership (a partnership among multiple schools) and until 2012 served as its inaugural director. Dr. Smith had conducted research in a wide range of organizations and communities: from prisons to schools, from businesses to health care institutions, from state enterprises to social entrepreneurial activities, from oppressed black townships in South Africa to agencies creating sustainable livelihoods in rural India, from pharmaceuticals in Belgium to financial services in urban America, from the World Bank to a community in Philadelphia wrestling with the anguish of people living with HIV/AIDS.  During his professional life he has help found a number of volunteer-based, nonprofit organizations, has worked on six continents and has been involved in the education of students from over 100 countries, both at Penn and around the world. His best known books are Paradoxes of Group Life (co-authored with David N. Berg), MANNA in the Wilderness of AIDS: Ten Lessons in AbundanceYearning for Home in Troubled Times and Groups in Conflict: Prisons in Disguise. Approaching the end of his years in academia, Kenwyn is working on three books to be titled The Heart of Leadership: Lessons from Lincoln, Gandhi and MandelaThe Abundance Chronicles, and Healing Economics.

Sidney R. Hargro

Sidney Hargro became the first executive director of Community Foundation of South Jersey in November 2009. Under his leadership, the Foundation has grown from $400,000 in assets to over 30 donor funds and $15 million in assets today. The foundation works with donors, businesses, and others to create charitable giving funds that collectively improve South Jersey communities. Prior to CFSJ, he was the Senior Officer of Strategy and Organizational Learning at The Columbus Foundation where he led the business and innovation strategy, and served as the philanthropic advisor to the Siemer Family Foundation, Paul G. Duke Foundation, NetJets Corporation Fund, and Central Benefits Healthcare Foundation.

Mr. Hargro is a Lecturer in the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, and actively services on regional and national boards including, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, Rutgers School of Nursing Community Advisors, and Creating the Future. He is the author of “Lessons Learned,” a chapter in the Foundation Center’s fundraising guide titled, After the Grant: A Nonprofit’s Guide to good Stewardship, serves as a guest blogger for the Council on Foundations.

Now in his second career, Mr. Hargro has a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in mechanical engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, NC, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and a Master of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

Eileen R. Heisman, ACFRE

President and CEO of the National Philanthropic Trust (NPT) based in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. She is a nationally recognized expert on charitable and planned giving. Ms. Heisman has been interviewed about philanthropy and donor-advised funds on CNBC, PBS, NPR, CNN International and BloombergTV, and by nearly every national newspaper and major trade publication, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Bloomberg, CBS MarketWatch, Financial Advisor, and Investment News. She was among the first fundraising professionals to earn the distinguished ACFRE certification. In 2011, she was named by NonProfit Times as one of their Power and Influence Top 50, an annual listing of the 50 most influential executives in the philanthropic sector. In 2013, she was invited by the Chinese government to speak to their emerging nonprofit sector about philanthropy. She is a 2013 recipient of the American Association of Ben Gurion University of the Negev Mid-Atlantic Chapter’s Women of Distinction Award.

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Jeff Klein

Executive Director of the Wharton Leadership Program and a Lecturer at The Wharton School and the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.  As Executive Director, Jeff is responsible for the portfolio of curricular and co-curricular leadership development programs available to Wharton undergraduate and MBA students and for directing the School’s efforts to create the Wharton Global Leadership Institute.   He also teaches an interdisciplinary graduate level course in the Non Profit Leadership Program at the School of Social Policy Practice, and multiple Field Application Project courses at the Wharton School.  In addition, Jeff designs and delivers leadership workshops and courses for executive clients through Wharton Executive Education.  As a Learning Director, Jeff leads two weeklong executive courses, Creating and Leading High Performing Teams and The Leadership Edge.  Jeff serves as a Strategic Advisor to the Global Partnerships Forum, a Board Member for Summer Search Philadelphia, and on the Leadership Development Committee of the Pig Iron Theatre Company.

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Andrew Lamas

Lamas has just begun his twenty-fifth year of teaching at the University of Pennsylvania. With a longstanding commitment to the study and development of alternative institutions promoting social justice and economic democracy, he teaches courses on critical theory, liberation theology, community economic development, and cooperative ownership. He serves as the academic director of Penn’s Social Justice Research Academy, and he is on the editorial advisory board of the Radical Philosophy Review. Currently, he serves on the board of directors of the International Herbert Marcuse Society as well as the Bread & Roses Community Fund, whose first grant back in the 1970s was to the Black Panther Party. He has conducted and directed research in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa on alternative currencies, community development finance, cooperatives, and social movements. In the Nonprofit Leadership Program, his course on social finance facilitates the development of critical sensibilities and analytical skills for responsible and effective organizational leadership.

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David Rhode

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David Rhode, MBA has his branding roots in Consumer Packaged Goods marketing from Procter and Gamble and HJ Heinz.  In 2005, he launched Pitch In For Baseball (www.pifb.org) a 501 c 3 organization that gives children in under resourced communities the equipment they need to play.  Since inception, Pitch In For Baseball (PIFB) has donated over $4 million worth of gear to kids in 90 countries around the world and in all 50 states.

Under David’s leadership, PIFB has been featured in the New York Times, NBC Nightly News and numerous other publications for their work, especially following a natural disaster.

Pitch In For Baseball is considered a best in class organization whose strategic partners include Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players’ Association, Little League International, the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wilson Sporting Goods and State Farm Insurance.

David is married and has three children.  He lives in New York City.

Nadya Shmavonian

Nadya Shmavonian is an independent consultant who most recently served as president of Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) from January 2010 – July 2012, where she presided over the closure of the organization. She provides strategic direction and counsel to private foundations and a broad array of local, national and international nonprofit organizations. She has extensive foundation management experience, having served as vice president for strategy at the Rockefeller Foundation, and executive vice president at The Pew Charitable Trusts where she also worked as director of administration and as a program officer in health and human services. Ms. Shmavonian serves on the Boards of the Center for Effective Philanthropy; the Partners for Seed in Africa Fund, an initiative for South Sudan supported by Howard Buffet; and the Lenfest Foundation. She helped found and served on the board of The Alliance for A Green Revolution in Africa (a joint partnership of the Rockefeller and Bill and Melinda Gates foundations). She has served on the Advisory Boards of the National Philanthropic Trust and the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She was one of the first two non-family members of the Surdna Foundation Board, where she served for six years.

Ms. Shmavonian holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago, and an M.B.A. in healthcare management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She was awarded the Kathleen McDonald Distinguished Alumna Award from Wharton Women in Business in 2011.

Flora Taylor

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Dr. Flora Taylor passionately advocates for the benefits of experiential learning. She has taught group dynamics, including the dynamics of  leadership, power, authority, and group development in many institutions, including the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, Teachers College of Columbia University, Ashoka University, the William Alanson White Institute, Rutgers University, the Wharton School, and Seton Hall University. Her publications, “Anatomy of a Casualty,” “Building a Multiculturally Competent Practice,” and “Multicultural Competence in Dermatologic Practice” may be obtained upon request.

In addition, Dr. Taylor designs, directs, and staffs many experiential conferences, simulations, and retreats for executives on the dynamics of organizational life using Social Systems (Power Lab), and Group Relations methodologies. She is an organizational development consultant, executive coach and group dynamics specialist. She has worked with clients to achieve quantifiable results in their organizations for over 20 years. She brings varied types of experience to her consulting work. She leverages her Psychology background along with her group expertise to determine the intervention that best meets the client’s individual and organizational needs. Her approach involves utilizing her considerable diagnostic skills to develop an accurate working hypothesis of her clients’ organizational issues and then designing a customized intervention to meet the identified need. Her practice areas include organizational diagnosis, team development, executive coaching, meeting effectiveness, applied and focus group research, diversity, large group facilitation, and facilitator training. Dr. Taylor’s work history includes the Wharton Center for Applied Research (now CFAR), and she currently works independently and in association with Praxis, a boutique consulting firm specializing in psychodynamic approaches to organizational development.

Dr. Taylor earned her A.B. Cum Laude from Harvard University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Licensed Psychologist with a specialty adult practice in issues related to work and interpersonal relationships.

James Thompson

Dr. Thompson is coauthor of The Social Entrepreneur’s Playbook and co-founder and director of the Wharton Social Entrepreneurship Program.

His current research is focused on social entrepreneurship, future market growth, and investment under conditions of high uncertainty. He teaches in Wharton Executive Education programs and works with management teams around the world to design and execute entrepreneurially-minded organic growth strategies that increase the value of their firms. He, along with Ian MacMillan and Peter Frumkin, presented an interdisciplinary Coursera MOOC on social entrepreneurship in the fall of 2014.

Prior to joining the academic world, James was a divisional director of a public company, responsible for new market development, brand marketing and development, and business unit turnarounds. He currently serves on the executive board of a venture capital–funded technology and entertainment company in Philadelphia.

James holds a PhD from The Federal Swiss Institute of Technology (EPFL) and is published in the Harvard Business Review, Journal of Management, Long Range Planning, Management Science, Organization Science, and the Research-Technology Management Journal. He is a recipient of Best Paper Awards in the Entrepreneurship Division of the U.S. Academy of Management, the Innovation category of the European Business School, and the 2013 Gerald E. Hills Award (AMA EMSIG) of the American Marketing Association.

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