Meet Your 2018 Executive Program Teaching Team!

Jed Emerson

Faculty, Impact Management

Originator of the concept of Blended Value, Jed has extensive experience leading, staffing, and advising funds, social ventures, and foundations pursuing financial performance with social & environmental impact.



Femida Handy

Faculty, Ethics and Social Impact

Dr Femida Handy is Professor of Nonprofit Studies at the School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania. She  currently completed her six-year term as the Editor-in-chief of the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the leading journal in the field. Dr. Handy obtained her PhD in 1995 from York University, Toronto. She is also a four-time award (1996, 2007, 2008, 2010) recipient from three different journals for ‘best research paper of the year’ award. More recently her co-edited book The Palgrave Handbook of Global Philanthropy was selected for the Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Book Prize. Recent contributions to the area of philanthropy also include a co-authored book Philanthropy in India: Promise to Practice (2016), and she is currently co-authoring a book on Ethics for Social Impact Her research is collaborative and interdisciplinary by nature with colleagues from disciplines ranging from sociology to business and medicine to engineering. Dr. Handy has published on wide range of topics that focus on the nonprofit sector including philanthropy and volunteering.

Dr. Peter Frumkin

Founder & Faculty, CSIS

Peter Frumkin is 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. He is the author or co- author of six books, including Strategic Giving: The Art and Science of Philanthropy, On Being Nonprofit, and Serving Country and Community.

Eileen R. Heisman, ACFRE

Faculty, Nonprofit Fundraising

President and CEO of National Philanthropic Trust, Eileen is a nationally recognized expert on charitable and planned giving. She was named in 2011 and 2014 by Nonprofit Times among the Power and Influence  Top 50, an annual listing of the 50 most influential executives in the philanthropic sector




Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson

Faculty, Community & Collaboration

Senior Advisor to the Kresge Foundation, consultant to national and regional foundations and government agencies, and Obama appointee (2013) to the National Council on the Arts, Maria is an expert in the fields of urban planning, comprehensive community revitalization, and arts and culture.


Dr. Sherrie A. Madia

Faculty, Social Media Strategies

Associate Vice President, Communications at New Jersey City University, and former Executive Director of Communications, External Affairs at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and Lecturer at Wharton and Drexel, Sherrie’s most recent book is The Social Media Survival Guide for Nonpro􀀁 ts and Charitable Institutions (2011).


Sara Olsen

Faculty, Impact Management

Founder and CEO of SVT Group, an “impact accounting” whose systems have been used to account for the social and environmental value of some $9B in assets since 2001. Sara was recognized twice by Bloomberg BusinessWeek as one of America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs. Sara holds professorships at Hult International Business School and the Monterey Institute of International Studies, where she teaches social impact assessment and management for entrepreneurs and investors.


Jim Rosenberg

Faculty, Marketing for Social Impact

Founder of Workbench Services, Jim works with mission-driven organizations on innovation, strategy, and new ventures for nonprofit and commercial organizations, including startups, mission-driven nonprofits and Fortune 500 corporations.



Nadya Shmavonian

Faculty, Nonprofit Governance

An independent consultant who served as president of Public/Private Ventures (P/PV), vice president for strategy at the Rockefeller Foundation, and executive vice president and director of administration at The Pew Charitable Trusts, Nadya provides strategic direction and counsel to private foundations and nonpro. t organizations. She was awarded the Kathleen McDonald Distinguished Alumna Award from Wharton Women in Business in 2011.


Suzi Sosa

Faculty, Business Models for Social Enterprise

Co-founder and CEO of Verb, Suzi has been involved in the social entrepreneurship space for more than 10 years. She has advised hundreds of start-ups, nonprofit and for-profit companies, led the Dell Social Innovation Challenge, taught courses in social entrepreneurship, and has been Founder and President of MPOWR.


Ezekial Dixon Román, PhD.

Dr. Dixon-Román’s research rethinks and reconceptualizes the technologies of quantification from a critical theoretical lens (broadly conceived). He’s particularly interested in how power and inequality are reproduced, especially in human learning and development, and the ways in which sociotechnical systems of quantification are working on, with, and in the body to generatively form and shape the movement and flow of power, difference, and inequality. At the same time, he’s deeply interested in philosophically and methodologically developing alternative modes of inquiry and practices of quantification that might enable the potentialities of reconstituting sociopolitical relations and the movement and flow of social life



Anthony Allen

Teaching Fellow

Anthony Allen is Partner and Chief Impact Officer at Formata, a social impact action tank which is part social impact strategy firm and part launchpad for mission-driven  companies. In October of 2015 he co-founded ARTTN Gallery, an online-only visual arts gallery which curates exhibits to tell the most important stories of our time and harness the emotional energy they evoke in order to generate tangible positive impact. Anthony has more passions and interests than he knows what to do with, and his Amazon wish list is ever-expanding (currently around 150 titles). As an avid backpacker and cyclist, he draws inspiration from the natural world and is an advocate of living simply. He believes that questions are more important than answers and listening is more important than talking, and he thinks humility is the most understated and overlooked marker of great leadership. Anthony’s current projects involve circular economies and impact economic development.

Ana Cavazos 

Teaching Fellow

Ana is a dreamer, a writer, teacher and instructional designer. She has volunteered for several NGO’s and social movements in which she discovered this passion that drives her to create a social impact in her community-and in the world. She’s devoted her life to help women rise, empower them and make them responsible for their success. Her purpose is to live a life of service, social change, and impact future generations. She studied a major in Educational Sciences at Universidad de Monterrey, she’s a certified English Instructor from Tec de Monterrey.

Ian Capstick 

Teaching Fellow

Ian is passionate about creating social change through communications. An experienced media coach, political tactician and engaging speaker, he is quoted widely in Canada’s media. He is a regular on CBC News Channel’s Power & Politics and is a go-to source for comment on the changing world of communications.He is the founder of MediaStyle, a social enterprise pubic affairs firm. As a Certified B Corporation, the company meet the highest standards of accountability, environmental and social performance. He has worked with leaders in the social innovation and social enterprise space in Canada.

Susan Grossman

Teaching Fellow

For the past twenty years Susan has worked closely with university faculty, students, community organizations, government, and business leader to launch and sustain university-community partnership initiatives. She is a professional educator, community engagement specialist, and strategic leader. Susan is currently Director of the Centre for Community Engaged Learning at the University of British Columbia. Prior to UBC she worked at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland Law School, and Reed College. She holds a Bachelors in History from Kenyon College, a Masters in Education from the University of Michigan, and a Certificate in Social Impact Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania.


Stephanie Fenniri 

Teaching Fellow

Stephanie Fenniri is a nonprofit professional committed to improving the quality of life of underserved populations through increased levels of capacity building, social change and public service. Her passion for public service stems from her experience as an AmeriCorps member which informed her commitment to the nonprofit sector. Stephanie is currently the Senior Community Partnerships Manager for the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation where she is developing a network of local, regional and national community-based organizations for participation in the Dallas Information Exchange Portal project. Her responsibilities extend to serving as the project manager for the Data Across Sectors for Health Food for Health grant which aims to alleviate hypertension, diabetes and food insecurity in North Texas. As a McNair Scholar and AmeriCorps Alumna, Stephanie recognizes the increasing need for supporting vulnerable populations and developing a pipeline of future leaders who can leverage their personal and cultural experiences for professional growth. In her free time, Stephanie volunteers for nonprofit organizations, assists at a local yoga studio, and researches future trips to UNESCO World Heritage sites.


Sissi Rodriguez

Teaching Fellow

Sissi serves as the Executive Director for Roots of Hope, a Miami based nonprofit organization focused on empowering and connecting Cuban youth on and off the island. She is responsible for setting and executing the strategic vision for the organization. Sissi graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Religion and Spanish Literature, before attending law school at Michigan State University College of Law. She’s excited to learn alongside other social entrepreneurs and apply these skills to the Cuba context.


Matrika Bailey-Turner

Teaching Fellow

Matrika Bailey-Turner is part of the Corporate Social Responsibility Team at Comcast NBCUniversal where she manages partnerships with startups, social entrepreneurs, and innovative nonprofits that use media and technology as catalysts for social change. Matrika currently serves on the New York Regional Board for the Jefferson Awards Foundation and the Associate Board for The LAMP (Learning About Media Project). Prior to joining Comcast NBCUniversal, Matrika worked in the Global Partnerships Team at the United Nations Foundation, building partnerships with entrepreneurs and private sector champions uniquely positioned to help find innovative solutions to global problems. From her earlier work at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation to serving as an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow, Matrika’s career has often connected the corporate and nonprofit sectors to drive cities and communities forward. Originally from New Hampshire, Matrika received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Justice and Women’s Studies from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Jen Macapagal

Teaching Fellow

Jen is a communications and programme management professional by day, and an avid sports enthusiast. She is the founder of Race2Share, a cause-driven sports organization connecting athletes and individuals in the use of sports as a tool to reach out to communities and disadvantaged groups. She is interested in immersing into the space of social entrepreneurship as a venue to translate collaborations and ideas, in order to make a difference in the lives of other people and therefore create a positive impact to society.

Ken Chua

Teaching Fellow

Ken Chua is the Founder & Director of (these)abilities, an Inclusive Design & Technology company that works with companies to build and/or redesign  products, services, environments and campaigns that don’t just drive inclusive social change, but product innovation as well. He believes that the next wave of social inclusion comes not from Sympathy or Charity, but from Empathy and Value Creation. His passion is in redefining the way society views Disability, through Technology & Design. He is a TEDx speaker (on The Future of Disability), an Ashoka Changemaker, World Economic Forum Global Shaper & a proud member of the CSIS tribe. Speak to him about: Disability, Inclusion, Driving Empathy, Community & Culture, Corporate Shared Value, Organisational Behavior, Product Design, Inclusive Design, Design Thinking, Technology.


Jordana M. De Leon 

Teaching Fellow

Jordana De Leon is originally from Manila, Philippines, calls Washington, DC home, but for the past four years has lived and worked in Tanzania and now, the Philippines. She has  a background in global health, working for 10 years in HIV/AIDS programs through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in the US and Africa. Jordana is now based in Asia wearing two hats: 1) as President and co-founder of SoutheastAgri Ventures, an agricultural enterprise in Pampanga, Philippines; and 2) as Principal/Owner of Pearl Consulting, LLC, a consulting business focused on global health, international development, metrics, and social impact strategy, serving clients in the government, non-profit, and social enterprise sector in the Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam. Jordana has a Master of Public Health from The George Washington University and is a graduate of the 2017 University of Pennsylvania Center for Social Impact Strategy Executive Program cohort. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Susan Ni Chriodian

©Pierre Albouy

Teaching Fellow

Susan is an award-winning Chartered Accountant with 15+ years management experience in both the commercial and non-profit sectors. Susan is currently based in  based in Geneva, Switzerland; originally from Ireland she has lived and worked in Australia, Uganda, Kenya, the UK well as working for periods of up to 3 months in Sudan, Pakistan, Niger, Malawi, DRC, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Ethiopia and other countries. Susan completed a MSc in Politicial Science  (Nationalism & Ethnic Conflict), in University College Dublin, in 2011 and submitted her thesis on Variation of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict. She also holds a B.Comm, from University College Galway, and a Graduate Diploma in Women’s Studies from the University of Limerick.