Meet The Faculty

Peter Frumkin, PhD

Peter Frumkin is Professor of Social Policy & Practice and holds the Mindy and Andrew Heyer Chair in Social Policy. He is Faculty Director of the Center for Social Impact Strategy and Director of the Nonprofit Leadership Program. His research and teaching focus on philanthropy, nonprofit management, and social entrepreneurship.

Frumkin has written articles on all aspects of philanthropy, including the formulation of grantmaking strategy, the changing profile of major individual donors, theories of philanthropic leverage, the professionalization movement within foundations, and other topics. His book, Strategic Giving: The Art and Science of Philanthropy, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2006. It has been touted by reviewers as the “benchmark text for the field” and “the most penetrating exploration of contemporary philanthropy now available.” He has lectured on philanthropy at meetings of grantmakers in the U.S. and abroad, and served as a consultant to foundations and individual donors on strategy and evaluation.

Frumkin is the author of Building for the Arts (co-authored with Ana Kolendo; University of Chicago Press, 2014), which considers the management challenges associated with the recent cultural building boom in America. Frumkin’s On Being Nonprofit (Harvard University Press, 2002) won the best book award from the Academy of Management’s public and nonprofit section. This book considers the changing roles and responsibilities of nonprofit organizations in American democracy and the evolution of public policies shaping the sector’s growth. He has also authored numerous articles on topics related to nonprofit management, including ones focusing on compensation policies in nonprofit organizations, the effective deployment of volunteers, the impact of fundraising strategies on nonprofit revenue generation, nonprofit accountability systems, and the effects of public funding on nonprofit mission definition.

In 2010, two books by Frumkin were published: Serving Country and Community co-authored with JoAnn Jastrzab (Harvard, 2010), which examines the effectiveness of the national service programs AmeriCorps and VISTA, and The Essence of Strategic Giving: A Practical Guide for Donors and Fundraisers (University of Chicago Press, 2010), which provides a roadmap for how to improve the effectiveness of philanthropy. The Strategic Management of Charter Schools (Harvard 2011), which Frumkin co-authored with Bruno Manno and Nell Edgington, develops a systematic way of thinking about and handling the many management challenges associated with starting and sustaining a charter school.

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. Before academics, Frumkin worked as a foundation program officer, a nonprofit manager, and as a program evaluator in both nonprofit and public agencies. Frumkin received his PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago.

Ram Cnaan, MSW, PhD

Dr. Ram A. Cnaan is a Professor and Director, Program for Religion and Social Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice. He is the founder and Faculty Director the Goldring Reentry Initiative which works to reduce recidivism and help retuning citizens to better integrate in society. He is also a Global Eminent Scholar at Kyung Hee University Graduate Institute of Peace, South Korea. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social welfare.

He is the past president of ARNOVA (Association for Research on nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary action). He is the originator of the first practice doctoral degree in social work (DSW) which is now in its 10th year and is replicated by some 12 schools nationwide.

Processor Cnaan received his doctorate degree from the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, and his BSW and MSW (both cum laude) from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.

Professor Cnaan has published numerous articles in scientific journals on a variety of social issues (mainly faith-based organizations, volunteerism, criminal justice, social policy, and social development). He serves on the editorial boards of 11 academic journals. He is the author or editor of eight academic books including The Other Philadelphia Story: How Local Congregations Support Quality of Life in Urban America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006) and Cases in Innovative Nonprofits: Organizations That Make a Difference (Sage, 2014). Currently, professor Cnaan works on three new books: one on religious organization and society; one on community organizations; and one a family history project. In his spare time Professor Cnaan collects and publish books on antique obsolete tools. He also collects Inuit prints. Professor Cnaan 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.

Chao Guo, PhD

Chao Guo is Associate Professor of Nonprofit Management in the School of Social Policy and Practice, and Associate Faculty Director of Fox Leadership International, both at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his PhD in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and his BA in International Relations from Renmin University of China.

Chao’s research interests focus on the intersection between nonprofit and voluntary action and government. More specifically, he conducts research on the contributions of nonprofit organizations to democratic governance, collaboration within and across sectors, social entrepreneurship, and the role and effects of new media on nonprofit organizations. He has many published articles in highly respected and influential journals, and has published two books: Social Entrepreneurship: An Evidence-Based Approach to Creating Social Value (Wiley, 2014; co-authored with Wolfgang Bielefeld); and The Quest for Attention: Nonprofit Advocacy in a Social Media Age (Stanford University Press, 2020; co-authored with Gregory D. Saxton). His research has been recognized by his peers and won awards from multiple disciplines.

Chao is actively involved in professional and community service activities. At Penn, he serves as Faculty Director of Penn Restorative Entrepreneurship Program (PREP), an innovative program geared towards helping formerly incarcerated individuals become entrepreneurs, participate in civic engagement, and advocate for social justice. He is Editor-in-Chief of Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the premier journal in the field. He is also a co-editor of the Brill Nonprofit Sector Research Series and serves on the editorial boards of many other journals. He has served on the boards of directors of the Association of Research on Nonprofit Organizations & Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and the Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ), among others. Globally, he has helped ARNOVA create a regional conference series in Asia (ARNOVA-Asia), co-chairing its initial three conferences in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Taipei/Taichung, respectively (2017-2019). He has also served as founding co-director of the Institute for Philanthropy & Social Innovation at Renmin University of China.

In 2015, Guo accepted an invitation to become a Penn Fellow. In 2018, he received the Education Leadership Award from Rescue Mission of Trenton, an over-100-year-old nonprofit organization that acts as a field partner of PREP. In 2019, he was selected to receive the Distinguished Achievement and Service Award from ARNOVA.

Femida Handy, PhD

Femida Handy is Professor of Social Policy at the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania and the Director of the PhD program. Her research and teaching focus on the economics of the nonprofit sector, volunteering, philanthropy, nonprofit management, environmental issues entrepreneurship, and microfinance.

Dr. Handy served as the Editor-in-Chief of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly from 2010-2016, the premier journal in the field, and serves on the editorial board of several academic journals. Professor Handy has published widely in a variety scientific journals on a variety of nonprofit-related topics, and her work has garnered many awards. Her most recent co-authored book is Ethical–decision making for social impact and examines the ethical dilemmas arising in nonprofits One area of prominence is her scholarship on volunteering and philanthropy, in an international context. Her recent co-authored books on philanthropy are The Practice and Promise of Philanthropy in India (2016) and as well the award-winning book, The Palgrave Research Companion to Global Philanthropy (2015), which she co-edited. She has also written on environmental issues, including a children’s book that introduces the concept of ecological footprint.

Professor Handy‘s research projects include a BSF funded grant on intergenerational transmission of environmental motives and behaviors in a cross country comparison (US, Israel and Korea), a NIH funded research that investigates if and how autistic youth benefit by volunteering, social innovations in nonprofits, volunteering in sports organizations, if and how recent immigrants benefit by volunteering, and health wellbeing benefits of volunteering as well as examining  what happens to those who must retire out of volunteering

Before coming to Penn, Professor Handy was Associate Professor at Faculty of Environmental Studies, at York University in Toronto, Canada.

Kenwyn Smith, PhD

Dr. Kenwyn Smith, Professor of Organizational Behavior, teaches leadership, group and intergroup dynamics, organizational politics, and change management to students in multiple graduate programs at Penn. During his years on this campus, Kenwyn directed The Center of Workplace Studies, served as Faculty Master of Ware College House, (where he was responsible 24/7 for the well-being of 500 Penn undergraduate students), and created Penn’s Graduate Program in Nonprofit Leadership, a partnership among multiple schools and currently housed in the School of Social Policy and Practice. He served as its inaugural director until 2012.

Elizabeth Abel, MS

Elizabeth Abel

Elizabeth Abel is a Vice President at CCS Fundraising, an international fundraising consulting firm that partners with non-profits. Throughout her CCS tenure, Elizabeth has worked with organizations in the education, arts and culture, religion, and social services sectors to drive transformational fundraising campaigns. She has also directed feasibility and planning studies, development assessments, annual campaigns, and special fundraising events.

Elizabeth is an Instructor at the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also serves on the Board of the Nonprofit Leadership Program Alumni Association. She is also a Board Member of the American Jewish Committee ACCESS New York Region.

Elizabeth holds a Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University.

Doug Bauer

Doug Bauer is the Executive Director of the Clark Foundation which focuses on helping people out of poverty and assisting individuals to lead independent and productive lives and supports nonprofits and programs in New York City and Cooperstown, NY. Doug Bauer is also executive director of The Scriven and Fernleigh Foundations and Senior Vice President with The Clark Estates, Inc. Prior to Clark, Doug was a Senior Vice President with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) from 2002 to 2009. Prior to joining RPA, Doug held management positions at Goldman, Sachs and Co., SmithKlineBeecham (now GlaxoSmithKline), and The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Doug’s opinions and ideas on philanthropy have been featured in the Associated Press, Bloomberg, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Wall Street Journal and on CNBC, NPR and PBS. Doug co-authored, with Steven Godeke, Philanthropy’s New Passing Gear: Mission Related Investing, A Policy and Implementation Guide for Foundation Trustees. Doug serves on boards for The Leatherstocking Corporation, The Melalucca Foundation, The National Council on Nonprofits, Partners for Health Foundation, The Rockefeller Institute of Government, and is a past chair of Philanthropy New York. He is also a member of the Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania and the Columbia Business School where he teaches about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.

Doug is a graduate of Michigan State University. He also has an MJ from Temple University and an MS from Penn.

Rosemary Clark-Parsons, PhD

Rosemary Clark-Parsons, PhD

Rosemary Clark-Parsons received her PhD from the Annenberg School for Communication in 2018, where she currently serves as the Associate Director for the Center on Digital Culture and Society (CDCS). She also holds an appointment as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Annenberg and is a Research Affiliate with Penn’s Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality & Women. Starting September 1, 2020, Clark-Parsons will join the Center for Social Impact Strategy at SP2 as a Program Manager.

Clark-Parsons is a researcher, teacher, and activist working at the intersection of technology and gender justice. Her research agenda centers on questions of how digital platforms and their users are reconfiguring the face and reach of contemporary feminist social movements in the United States. Her book project, Doing it Ourselves: The Networked Practices of Feminist Media Activism, is based on her dissertation project, which won ICA’s Activism, Communication, and Social Justice Interest Group’s Outstanding Dissertation Award and focuses on feminists’ turn toward the digital. At the same time that emerging media platforms enable activists to quickly reach wide audiences at little or no expense, digitally networked movements face online harassment, commercial cooptation, and activist burnout. Drawing on interviews and ethnographic fieldwork, Clark-Parsons demonstrates how activists are taking up networked media to pursue a do-it-ourselves-style feminism, building movements and communities from the ground up, all while juggling the affordances and limitations of their media tools. Key pieces of her analysis have been published in leading journals, including New Media & Society, Communication, Culture & Critique, and Feminist Media Studies. Her research and commentary have also been featured in Wired, Bitch Media, The Inquirer, Quartz, and on Good Morning America.

In the classroom, Clark-Parsons has worked with a diverse range of students, from high schoolers to undergraduates to continuing adult learners, to develop media and communication strategies for social justice. She has also been involved in a number of activist projects, both inside and outside the academy, always with an eye toward merging communication scholarship and social justice work. Prior to CDCS, she helped found the Media Activism Research Collective at Penn and the ICA’s Activism, Communication, and Social Justice Interest Group. In Philadelphia, she has collaborated with grassroots feminist collective Permanent Wave Philly to explore media-based practices of empowerment and has helped organize the city’s annual March to End Rape Culture. In addition to her research and teaching, Clark-Parsons offers consulting for social justice and higher education organizations on media strategies for community outreach.

Clark-Parsons is a lifelong resident of the Philadelphia area. Prior to Penn, she attended Ursinus College, where she received her BA in Media and Communication Studies, English, and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies. She currently lives in Wallingford with her partner, Ryan, and their daughter, Robyn.

Lauren Graham, MS

Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham has a background that spans environment and sustainability, social innovation and entrepreneurship, and creative media (film, music, games, and virtual reality) for public engagement.

She is a Senior Associate at The Cadmus Group, an environmental consulting firm, where she co-leads their sustainability team and works with nonprofit, NGO, and philanthropic clients. She is also the founder of Velvet Frame, a social impact strategy and communications consultancy based in New York. She works with nonprofits, startups, and social enterprises across the environmental-social impact spectrum on their capacity-building and change management challenges using an ecosystems approach. Prior to starting her own practice, Lauren worked in social impact strategy for documentary film and green building consulting doing certification and project management.

Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and a master’s in sociology from Stanford University, a master’s in environmental management from Yale School of the Environment, and a master’s in nonprofit leadership from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice.

Greg Hagin, MBA

Greg Hagin

Greg is a Partner and Managing Director at CCS, the leading strategic consulting and fundraising management firm to nonprofit and social impact organizations worldwide. Greg has designed, advised, and directed more than 100 resource development initiatives and capital campaigns that have raised collectively over $10 billion, positively impacting tens of millions of lives.

Greg leads CCS’s offices in Philadelphia, Toronto, and Sydney as well as key global networks, teams, and initiatives. Greg teaches “Management Communication” and “Advanced Persuasion for Entrepreneurs” at The Wharton School and “Raising Philanthropic Capital” at the School of Social Policy & Practice of the University of Pennsylvania. He also presents regularly on “Data-Driven Strategy” and “Philanthropic Investment.” An accomplished instructor and facilitator, Greg has been invited to speak at inter/national nonprofit organizations, industry conferences, universities, and corporations. In 2018, The Philadelphia Business Journal recognized Greg as a Top 40 Under 40 Leader and named CCS in 2019 and 2020 as a Top 25 Management Consultancy. In 2020, Greg joined the World Economic Forum in Davos. In addition to consulting and teaching, Greg advises social entrepreneurs, including Recap Investing, Red Fox Coffee Merchants, and Philanthropos. He has also served on nonprofit boards, including Habitat for Humanity, Fairmount Park Conservancy, and The Gunston School.

Greg earned his MBA from The Wharton School and BA from Boston College. He began his career in sports broadcasting with NBC Olympics in Sydney and Salt Lake City, then ABC Sports in Japan and South Korea for the FIFA World Cup. With a passion for global engagement, Greg has visited, studied, and worked in 40+ countries, including 6 continents.

Tine Hansen-Turton, MGA, JD

Tine Hansen-Turton

Tine Hansen-Turton is President and Chief Executive Officer of Woods. Ms. Hansen-Turton is an Executive with more than 20 years of experience in health and human services senior management, executive leadership and consulting. She has founded and led several nationally recognized organizations and trade associations. A proven results-oriented strategic leader, Ms. Hansen-Turton is known for being an effective organizational change agent and policy and health and human services systems reform advocate. Woods is a $350 million leading nonprofit population health management organization that provides innovative, comprehensive and integrated health-and-behavior, education, workforce, and care management services to children and adults in the intellectual/developmental disability, child welfare, behavioral and acquired brain injury public health sectors. Woods has over 6000 staff that serves more than 22,000 individuals primarily from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, but also has national reach given its expertise in serving people who are medically and behavioral frail and vulnerable. Ms. Hansen-Turton also oversees Woods’ four subsidiary corporations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey (Brian’s House and Tabor Services in Pennsylvania and Legacy Treatment Services, Allies and Archway Programs in New Jersey). Ms. Hansen-Turton also serves as the founding Executive Director and Administrator for the Convenient Care Association (CCA), the national trade association of over 3000 private-sector retail clinic industry, serving 50 million people with basic health care services across the country.

Previously, Ms. Hansen-Turton served as the Chief Operating Officer at Public Health Management Corporation, a large public health nonprofit institute, where she oversaw and led corporate strategy, operations, business development, and M&A. Additionally, she served as the founding CEO of the National Nurse-led Care Consortium, a non-profit organization supporting the growth and development of over 500 nurse-managed and school health clinics, serving more than 5 million vulnerable people across the country in urban and rural locations. For the past two decades she has also been instrumental in positioning Nurse Practitioners as primary health care providers globally.

Ms. Hansen-Turton is founder and publisher of a social impact/innovation journal (Social Innovations Journal) and have co-published nine books in the health and human services field. She is known as a serial social entrepreneur who has started several national social and public innovations in the health and human services sector.

She has received several advocacy and leadership awards, the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship, the Business Journal 40 under 40 Leadership and Women of Distinction Awards. She was named one of the 101 emerging Philadelphia connectors by Leadership, Inc. and American Express NextGen Independent Sector Fellow.

Ms. Hansen-Turton received her BA from Slippery Rock University, her Master of Government/Public Administration from University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute, and her Juris Doctor from Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Sidney R. Hargro, MSME, MDiv

Sidney Hargro is the Executive Director of the Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia. In that role, he leads and advances a powerful force of nearly 150 diverse grantmaking organizations that invest more than $500 million annually to enhance the quality of life throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. Prior to joining Philanthropy Network, he was the first executive director of Community Foundation of South Jersey. Under his leadership, the Foundation grew from $400,000 in assets to over 30 donor funds and $15 million in assets. 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

Eileen Heisman

Eileen R. Heisman, ACFRE, is the President and CEO of NPT. 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 Bloomberg TV, 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 has been named six times 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, most recently in 2019. She is currently listed as one of ONE HUNDRED’s top influencers in philanthropy and, earlier this year, she was the recipient of a 2019 Carnegie Mellon University Alumni Achievement Award. At the invitation of the Chinese government, Ms. Heisman spoke to their emerging nonprofit sector about American philanthropy. She was the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)’s 2014 Outstanding Fundraising Professional, the highest award granted by AFP to recognize effective, creative and stimulating leadership, and the practice and promotion of ethical fundraising. She was also among the first fundraising professionals to earn the distinguished ACFRE certification.

Ms. Heisman currently teaches a graduate course in philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice and is also a member of the faculty at LEADERSHIP Philadelphia. She is on the Governance Committee for the Nonprofit Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice. She is a periodic lecturer for the Nonprofit Board Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Ms. Heisman is both a lecturer and member of the National Advisory Board at the University of Michigan School of Social Work and serves on Carnegie Mellon University’s Dietrich College Board of Advisors (formerly College of Humanities and Social Science). She served as founding chair of Culture Works Philadelphia for seven years and now serves on the national Social Impact Commons Board.

Ms. Heisman received a bachelor’s degree with honors in psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and a master’s in social work with a major in social program evaluation from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the third Wharton Fellows Class at the University of Pennsylvania and completed the Executive Program for Philanthropy Leaders at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Charu Juneja, MBA

Charu Juneja

Charu Juneja is the founder of Righteous Design (a social impact design consultancy), the Interim Design Director for Sutter Health’s Design and Innovation team, and a City Innovation Coach for Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Charu has spent most of her career leading interdisciplinary teams, conducting research, and designing, prototyping and implementing health care experiences and communications. She was most recently an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture (teaching design research in the context of physical space) and a Design Director at the Design Institute for Health at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, at IDEO, she led design teams across the life span – from Planned Parenthood to Zen Hospice Center. She spent four months in Peru, leading an international team in designing and prototyping quality, affordable and scaleable health care services for the emerging middle class.

Charu holds a BA in Mathematics and Economics from Miami University and an MBA from Harvard University. She calls San Francisco home and can often be found singing or on a mountain (sometimes both).

Dana Kaminstein, PhD

Dana Kaminstein, PhD is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania. He is Co-Academic Director of the CLO Evidence Block, along with Sharon Ravitch, PhD, at the Graduate School of Education. He is also the Co-Academic Director of the Educational Research Block of the Penn MedEd Program at the Graduate School of Education. He is an Affiliated Faculty Member in Organizational Dynamics, Liberal and Professional Studies, School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Qualitative Research Specialist at the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs in Philadelphia. He teaches courses in Qualitative Research Methods, Organizational Diagnosis, and Group Dynamics. He has taught adult graduate students for over 30 years at the University of Pennsylvania. He consults to organizations at the system level and for 25 years designed and taught in leadership development programs all over the world for Wharton Executive Education. His current research interests are the psychodynamics of organizational life, moral injury, and group dynamics involved in community advisory boards.

Ethan Kay, PhD

Ethan Kay

Dr. Ethan Kay is Managing Director of Emerging Markets at BioLite. BioLite is a clean energy company that develops and manufactures breakthrough technologies to cook, charge, and light life beyond the grid. BioLite has delivered off-grid energy to over one million people in sub-Saharan Africa, and is ranked #1 in impact in the off-grid energy sector among 49 companies, per a global study by 60 Decibels.

Ethan has spent the last 15 years commercializing market-based solutions to poverty in India and Sub-Saharan Africa, including 10 years running BioLite’s emerging markets business. He holds a PhD and MPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Fulbright Scholar and Sauvé Scholar. His doctoral research examined the cultural complexities of retailing clean cookstoves in rural India. He also holds a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Lindsay Kijewski, MS

Lindsay Kijewski

Lindsay is an instructor in the Nonprofit Leadership program, teaching governance. She works with the New York-based SeaChange Capital Partners, managing the SeaChange-Lodestar Fund for Nonprofit Collaboration, as well as supporting the Greater Philadelphia Nonprofit Repositioning Fund and national nonprofit sustained collaboration field-building initiatives. Before joining SeaChange, she held positions as a Social Impact Fellow with the University of Pennsylvania Center for High Impact Philanthropy and as Program Coordinator for Penn’s MS in Nonprofit Leadership. During her time at Penn, Lindsay focused on strategic planning, design and delivery of leadership development curriculum, and program expansion. Lindsay began her career at the University of Virginia Alumni Association, managing a portfolio of alumni affinity groups and their volunteer boards. In her free time, she is a co-chair of the Penn Nonprofit Leadership Alumni Association, and enjoys hiking and running.

Lindsay holds a Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership from University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction from University of Virginia.

Jeff Klein, MBA

Jeff Klein is the 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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Don Kramer, LLB

Don Kramer

Donald W. Kramer is chair of the Nonprofit Law Group at the Philadelphia law firm of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP. Mr. Kramer has more than 40 years of experience dealing with the concerns of nonprofit organizations, not only as a lawyer, but also as a teacher, writer, publisher, and board member. Mr. Kramer is editor and publisher of Don Kramer’s Nonprofit Issues®, a national electronic newsletter of “Nonprofit Law You Need to Know” (, which he started at Montgomery, McCracken in 1989. He writes and lectures frequently on nonprofit legal issues, and has taught courses on nonprofit organization law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, and Eastern University. He has worked with nonprofit organizations of all types and sizes, helping structure start-up situations and restructure multi-organizational social service, health and educational systems. He counsels on a wide range of corporate, governance, tax, real estate, charitable giving and other nonprofit issues. Mr. Kramer also serves on the Boards of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations, the Philadelphia Council for Community Advancement and the Philadelphia Fire Department Historical Corporation. He served as Deputy Development Coordinator and Assistant to the Mayor of Philadelphia before joining Montgomery, McCracken in 1972. A graduate of Princeton University, he earned an LLB degree from Harvard Law School.

Andrew Lamas, JD

Andrew Lamas

Andrew Lamas, JD, joined the faculty in Urban Studies in 1990, and the longstanding focus of his critical pedagogy, research, and writing is poverty, inequality, and alternative economy. He is Core Faculty in Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies (GSWS) and the Alice Paul Center, he participates in the GSWS Global Gender Group, and he is Faculty Affiliate of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center. His courses are cross-listed with numerous departments, including Africana Studies.

He serves on the board of the Bread & Roses Community Fund (which has distributed more than $11 million to organizations in the Philadelphia area working for access to health care, economic justice, a clean, safe environment, civil and human rights, racial and economic justice, and peace). He is on the editorial board of the Radical Philosophy Review—the journal of the Radical Philosophy Association. He is the website editor and a founding board member of the International Herbert Marcuse Society.

He founded and directed (from 2012-2015) Penn’s Social Justice Research Academy. He is the recipient of the Katz Award for Teaching Excellence in Urban Studies (2000), the School of Arts & Science’s CGS Distinguished Teaching Award (2005), and the School of Social Policy & Practice’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2015).

He received the BA (Humanities / Political Science) from Davidson College (Phi Beta Kappa), the MA (Economic Development/Africa) from the University of London’s School of Oriental & African Studies, and the JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Michael Lehmann, JD, LLM

Michael Lehmann

Mr. Michael Lehmann has practiced primarily in the area of the law of nonprofit organizations since 1987.

He has represented many hundreds of organizations ranging from PTAs, churches, and local sports clubs to some of the country’s largest foundations. His practice encompasses incorporation and formation matters (articles of incorporation, application for tax-exempt status, bylaws, conflicts of interest, whistleblower policies, document retention policies, and the like); operational issues (matters of fiduciary duty, taxation of unrelated businesses, employment agreements, executive compensation, lending – including tax-exempt bonds); government relations (audits and controversies involving charities regulators, the Internal Revenue Service and various state tax authorities); and cross-border philanthropy.

He is a regular speaker and writer on nonprofit legal issues.

Joe McCannon

Joe McCannon

Joe McCannon is Executive in Residence at the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He was previously co-founder and CEO of the Billions Institute, an organization that supports leaders of large-scale systems change in governments, foundations, and nonprofits. Before that, he was an appointee in the Obama Administration, working at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), serving as Senior Adviser to the Administrator at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and acting as a member of the founding team at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). As Vice President at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), where he worked from 2001-2009, he directed the 100,000 Lives Campaign, a national initiative to improve patient safety that mobilized 3,100 American hospitals to improve patient safety. He also started the organization’s work in Africa.

Joe has supported social movements, health systems transformation, and quality improvement through work for governments in several nations, including England, Denmark, Canada, Japan, and South Africa, and has consulted on the topic for organizations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation and Community Solutions. He speaks often on the science of dissemination and teaches two graduate-level courses on system change and large-scale social movements. He serves on the Board of the Nonprofit Finance Fund and has served on committees of the National Academy of Medicine and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He graduated from Harvard College.

Meredith Myers, PhD

Meredith Myers, PhD

Dr. Meredith Myers is a Senior Fellow in the Wharton School’s Center for Leadership & Change Management. She has served as faculty at the University of Pennsylvania since 2009, working within the Wharton School, the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2), and the Positive Psychology Center. Meredith has won excellence in teaching awards in the Wharton School and SP2’s MS in Nonprofit Leadership program.

Meredith is also the Executive Director of Job Crafting LLC, an organization that helps people bring more purpose and engagement to their work. In her research and consulting, she has coached international leaders, executives and board members in corporations, non-profits, government and mission-critical teams. Key subject areas include: optimal human performance, leadership, collaborating in contentious contexts, training the trainer, bias in decision-making, and the science of emotions.

Meredith holds a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University. She is also a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Huntsman Program in International Studies & Business, earning a BS in Economics from the Wharton School and a BA in International Studies from the College of Arts & Sciences.

David Rhode

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David Rhode, MBA studied undergraduate business and graduated Magma Cum Laude from Georgetown University. He furthered his education studying International Marketing at Brasenose College in Oxford and non-profit fundraising at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated with Honors with an MBA from The Wharton School.

David is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania instructing graduate students in Non Profit Branding. He is married with 3 children and is an avid Philadelphia sports fan. He and his family now live in New York City where he recently completed his first New York City Marathon.

David’s professional career began with blue chip Consumer Packaged Goods marketing experience with Procter & Gamble and H.J. Heinz. He then moved into a more entrepreneurial track running a multi-location automotive repair business in Philadelphia for 12 years. In 2005, David founded Pitch In For Baseball and Softball (PIFBS). Pitch In For Baseball & Softball gives the gift of play and contributes to positive youth development by providing equipment to kids here in the US and around the world. After leaving PIFBS late in 2019, David is providing consulting services to both for profit and non-for-profit companies seeking to scale their operations as well as navigate the challenges currently being faced due to the virus and related economic impact.

Jim Rosenberg, MBA

Jim Rosenberg

At the Haslam College of Business, Jim Rosenberg works with healthcare leaders who are transforming access, affordability, equity, and excellence in healthcare. Jim designs and delivers degree and non-degree executive education programs, and supports leaders through personalized consulting, teaching, facilitation, and coaching. Jim also works with a diverse mix of mission-driven leaders on strategy, innovation, and growth projects through Workbench, his consulting business. His background includes experience in both nonprofit and commercial organizations, including venture-backed startups, mission-driven nonprofits, and Fortune 500 corporations. Jim holds an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and a BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. You can learn more about Jim’s work at and his career at

Allison Russell, PhD, MPA

Allison Russell

Allison R. Russell is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Social Impact Strategy (CSIS). Her work at SP2 includes curricular review and development for both the Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy and the MS in Nonprofit Leadership (NPL), as well as online and in-person teaching in the NPL program. This role reflects Allison’s interest in online teaching and pedagogy for nonprofit management curricula and professional education more broadly.

In addition to her teaching interests, Allison’s research centers on the nonprofit and voluntary sector, including volunteerism, nonprofit HRM, ethical decision-making, and the role of nonprofits in social welfare and policy. Her dissertation examined the role of transitioning in and out of volunteering on older adults’ well-being. She is also involved in several research projects on civil society development around the world, including volunteering in Vietnam and microfinance and ancillary employment generation in India.

Allison is a 2017 recipient of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action Emerging Scholars Award. She also received the 2019 Penn Prize for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, for which she was nominated by NPL students. She is a co-author (with Femida Handy) of the book, Ethics for Social Impact (2018). Allison holds a PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Ariel Schwartz, MPA, PhD

Ariel Schwartz

Ariel Schwartz is Managing Director at the Center for Social Impact Strategy in the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her current position, Ariel was Postdoctoral Fellow at SP2, developing CSIS’s social innovation curriculum. As a social researcher, Ariel studies how members of grassroots social sector organizations can make good use of donor-funded computing technology. In 2008, Ariel co-founded Maria’s Libraries, a US-based nonprofit striving in Kenya for information access and social, economic, and cultural development through community libraries. Ariel received her BA and MPA from Cornell University, and her PhD from the University of Texas. Ariel also enjoys riding her bike, cultivating plants, and enjoying forested and other outdoor spaces. In Penn’s Nonprofit Leadership Master’s Program, Ariel has taught Social Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation, Penn Social Impact Lab, and International Development.

Savita Shankar, PhD

Savita Shankar

Savita Shankar is a PhD from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. She also holds an MBA and a BA in Economics from the University of Delhi.

Her research interests include issues related to micro, small, and medium enterprises, financial inclusion, and social entrepreneurship. She has published several book chapters, articles in peer reviewed journals, and newspaper op-eds on these topics.

Savita has previously taught at the Keio Business School, Japan; the Asian Institute of Management, Philippines; and the Institute for Financial Management and Research, Chennai, India. Prior to her academic career, she worked with financial institutions in India for ten years (Export Import Bank of India and ICICI Bank) focusing on project appraisals and stress asset management. She has consulted for the Asian Development Bank as well as for Habitat for Humanity (Cambodia and Philippines.

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.

Christian Talbot, MA

Christian Talbot

Christian Talbot, MA, is the founder of Basecamp, a strategy and design consultancy serving non-profits. He serves on the Board of Trustees at Regis High School (NY) and Fordham Preparatory School (NY).

Previously he was the Head of School at Malvern Prep (PA) and an administrator and teacher at Regis (NY), REACH (NY), Chaminade (NY), and Banneker (DC).

He has shared his experiences in change strategy, strategic planning and design, and social entrepreneurship at national and regional conferences such as NAIS, CASE-NAIS, ADVIS, and others. He leads Basecamp consulting projects and Expeditions, and authors the Basecamp blog, Ed:Future. He is also a past mentor in UPenn’s Educational Entrepreneurship Program.

Flora Taylor, PhD

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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. James Thompson is coauthor of The Social Entrepreneur’s Playbook and was 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.

Nicholas Torres, MEd

Nicholas Torres

Nicholas Torres, MEd, has over 20 years of experience in executive management. Nicholas serves in the capacity of the executive director of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) an official non state actor of WHO. He is also Co-Founder and CEO of Social Innovations Partners which publishes the Social Innovations Journal, manages the Social Innovations Institute & Lab, and incubates and launches high impact social sector models and enterprises. He teaches Nonprofit Leadership, Social Policy, and Social Entrepreneurship at University of Pennsylvania. He serves on many regional boards including the Free Library of Philadelphia and Springboard Health National Advisory Board.

Nicholas works at the cross section between the private sector, government, and not-for-profits and aligns them toward collective social impact goals and public policy. He has led and founded multiple for-profit and not-for-profit social ventures that are driven both by social impact and financial sustainability measures. Some of his launched social ventures include charter schools, an early literacy technology platform; school-based health centers; and community-based satellite college sites.

Leila Vaughan, JD, LLM

Leila Vaughan is a tax attorney at Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld LLC specializing in nonprofit and business tax issues. Leila is also a founder of the nonprofit organization Peace Advocacy Network and currently serves as its President.

Leila is a 2006 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and subsequently received her LLM in taxation from New York University.

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