Credit: Ashesi University
My experience working in all major world regions includes 13 years as executive director of the Melton Foundation, where I revamped and expanded the impact of a worldwide network of institutions and Melton Fellows dedicated to learning and practicing global citizenship. I co-founded the Innovations journal (MIT Press) and served as its case studies editor until 2012. Previously, I led the effort at Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center to create a global network of Ford Foundation innovation award programs. In the 1990s I managed educational development programs throughout Latin America for sponsors ranging from Fulbright and Ford Foundation to the governments of Brazil, Colombia, and Ecuador.
Currently, in addition to Solving Together, I am a founding advisor to Empowered to Educate, a fellowship program for women innovators in education being launched this year in Ghana. As chair of its Membership Committee, I am helping to lead the expansion of New England International Donors (NEID), a vibrant network of global philanthropists. I am also a passionate member of the Wellbeing Project, which promotes personal and inner wellbeing in the field of social change.
I have written, spoken, and taught extensively on social innovation, technology policy, and co-creation. These venues have ranged from journals and magazines, to innovation case study training in Indonesia and Mexico, to participatory design facilitation in Ghana.
My formal education includes an M.Ed. from Harvard University and a B.A. in Political Science from Boston University.
For the past two decades, I have worked with philanthropic, nonprofit, and academic institutions to build networks of change agents. I have seen first-hand how our societal challenges can only be tackled when leaders learn and work collaboratively across sectors, places, and identities.
My Core Values
Gender equity is the critical path to a more fair, tolerant, and sustainable world.
True access to quality education is the best investment we can make.
We need to learn how to share turf, credit, and accountability.
Try every day to narrow the gap between what we say and what we do.
Led a Global Citizenship fellowship program and network
Co-founder and Senior Editor
Founding partner and case-study editor for an MIT Press journal on Social Innovation
Empowered to Educate
Helping to create and launch a fellowship program for women innovators in education