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Anna DausmanAnna.Dausman.Photo

Director of Operations

Anna is a systems thinker and facilitator managing operations at the Center for Social Impact Strategy. A linguist by training, Anna is interested in finding simple and elegant solutions for complex problems.

Prior to joining the Center, Anna worked with the national organization Break Away to train universities how to nurture active citizenship through service-learning programs. She traveled across the US to train over 1,000 students and staff members in the fundamentals of civic action and community engagement, pausing to enjoy National and State Parks along the way.

Anna earned her BA in English and Linguistics from the College of William & Mary, and is pursuing an MS in Public Administration from Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. Anna is a proud bike commuter.

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Ariel SchwartzAriel.Headshot

Postdoctoral Fellow, Director of Distance Learning

At CSIS, Ariel is devoted to making sure that students get the most out of the Center for Social Impact Strategy’s Executive Program. She works on curriculum development for the Executive Program and the Center’s Coursera courses, and is a research mentor for Penn Impact Lab. Ariel’s research focuses on how grassroots social sector organizations can make good use of donor-funded computing technology. During her dissertation data collection in 2013 Ariel was based at the Technology for Emerging Markets Group at Microsoft Research, India, to study ten Indian deployments of a mobile application to groups of female community health workers. Previously, Ariel was Research Development Specialist at the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP), and Program Manager at the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, both at Columbia University. In 2008 Ariel co-founded Maria’s Libraries, a US-based not-for-profit organization striving in Kenya for information access and social, political, economic, and cultural development through community libraries. Ariel received her BA and MPA from Cornell University, and her PhD from the University of Texas.

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Cosmo FujiyamaCosmo_Photo_1

Managing Director

Cosmo Fujiyama is a social entrepreneur and educator passionate about helping people learn, think and act on the change they want to see in the world. At her core, she is a community builder, experience builder, brand maker and design thinker.

Currently, she is the Managing Director of the Center for Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania where she directs online and residential training programs for social entrepreneurs, non-profit professionals business leaders around the world to transform their personal leadership, teams and organizations. She also leads partnerships with institutional partners such as Columbia University, IDEO U and National Arts Strategy.

Previously, Cosmo worked for Ashoka, the world’s largest association of social innovators, identifying social entrepreneurs, and leading Ashoka Youth Venture’s partnership with New York University’s Stern School of Business. She also served as a Fellow at The Governance Lab at New York University, an organization funded the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. She led The GovLab Academy, a free, online community for those interested in teaching and learning how to open their institutions and work more collaboratively to solve public problems that improve people’s lives. While an undergraduate student, Cosmo co-founded and led a Students Helping Honduras, a nonprofit organization improving access to quality education for children across northern Honduras.

As an independent consultant and speaker, Cosmo has moderated conferences and designed experiences for organization such as NYU’s Reynolds Changemakers Challenge, Iceland’s Saga Summit, Ashoka Changemakers & American Express Emerging Innovators Bootcamp, Dell Social Innovation Challenge, Hive Global Leaders Programs and the Unreasonable Institute’s Girl Effect Accelerator. She was selected as St. Gallen’s 46th Symposium “Leader of Tomorrow” and a World Organizing Committee Member for Education Without Borders in the U.A.E. She tweets @cosmofujiyama.

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Kaveh SadeghianKaveh-Sadeghian

Creative Director

Kaveh is a communication designer and creative strategist with experience in corporate and social enterprise marketing. With a background in ethnographic research, he integrates data and design to create campaigns and brand experiences that evoke social engagement and human connections.

He is currently the Creative Director at University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Social Impact Strategy. He designs interactive learning collateral for the University of Pennsylvania. He also directs collaborations with several partner organizations, including IDEO U, National Arts Strategy, and Columbia University.

As an independent consultant, Kaveh also designs creative campaigns and facilitates experiences for high-impact organizations, including the World Bank, the New School, University of Maryland, and AIG. His work has garnered significant media attention and featured in several new sources, including CNN, Bloomberg Businessweek, Huffington Post, and Mashable.

Previously, Kaveh was a Change Manager at Ashoka’s Youth Venture, a leading pioneer in introducing social innovation and empathy education in K-12 schools across the globe. There, he designed and implemented a nationwide accelerator for outstanding high school social entrepreneurs in partnership with the University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, and Stanford University. Before working in social impact, Kaveh was a Creative Director in the pharmaceutical industry, overseeing a team that produced national sales meetings and product launches at Celgene and Novartis. He first began working in sales and strategy at IBM, where he was a key member in executing the strategic realignment of IBM’s North American consulting arm.

Kaveh has a BBA in Marketing & Global Public Health from the College of William & Mary. His favorite word, since the age of 3, has always been “why”.

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Lindsay LitowitzLitowitz PSIH

Director of Global Partnerships

Lindsay has 12+ years experience directing organizations focused on social innovation. She earned a Masters of International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University with a focus on Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development.

She is an active member of the ROI Community for Global Innovators, a​n Ashoka-American Express​ Emerging Innovator and an active member of the TEDx community having produced events in Jerusalem, at the United Nations and at Columbia University. Previously, she was the Director of Strategic Communications for Jerusalem Venture Partners and built the first NEXT office in South Florida, working with young adults to create sustainable micro-communities.

Lindsay co-founded Terranga, a social enterprise connecting travelers to locals for unique, off-the-beaten path experiences – supporting dreams along the way. She is currently working with CSIS to bring their innovative models of convening and social impact education to the world. She is an alumna of the Center’s programs, as the first Penn Social Impact Fellow from Columbia. She facilitated the partnership between Penn and Columbia while serving as a Social Enterprise Special Advisor at her alma mater for the successful Penn-Columbia Social Impact House.

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Peter FrumkinPeter Frumkin

Faculty Director

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 Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago.

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