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Taylor Nelson

Director of SolutionsU

Taylor Nelson

Director of SolutionsU

Taylor cares about better connecting you with solutions stories about responses to problems that you care about and/or your community is currently facing. Since 2015, she has spearheaded the design, development, and expansion of SolutionsU.org. She leads our Knowledge Dissemination program, which includes the Solutions Story Tracker and SolutionsU. She's a design thinking and StrengthsFinder enthusiast, who loves a good flow chart (and cup of coffee). Currently calls New York City home, but will always been a Virginian at heart.

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Katherine Noble-Goodman

University Partnership Manager, SolutionsU

Katherine Noble-Goodman

University Partnership Manager, SolutionsU

Katherine Noble-Goodman is a writer, educator and social entrepreneur. She has reported on philanthropy, education, religion, and the environment; taught environmental studies and green business; and collaborated with nonprofits on clean cook stove and biochar projects. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is the founder of a social-benefit enterprise that brings evidence-based, “no-sweat” yoga and meditation to the workplace. She earned her undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley and master’s degrees at Duke University and the University of Redlands.

Email me about creating assignments using stories about what’s working or hosting a SolutionsU webinar.

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Lita Tirak

Database Manager and Knowledge Curator

Lita Tirak

Database Manager and Knowledge Curator

Lita Tirak leads SJN's Story Fellowship program, oversees the Story Tracker database, and the curation of stories. In 2016, she received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. While at the College, she taught university-level seminars in visual culture, served as Research Assistant for Swem Library, and was the Assistant Director of the Global Film Festival. Previously, she worked at George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY, where she performed research roles in the Departments of Photograph Conservation, Education, and Development. Lita is a researcher, writer, curator, and creative problem-solver, interested in sharing the bright ideas found in SJN’s stories.

Email me with your questions about the Story Fellowship, our Story Tracker database, or story submission criteria.

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Robrenisha Williams

Student Community Coordinator, SolutionsU

Robrenisha Williams

Student Community Coordinator, SolutionsU

Robrenisha is spearheading the development of our SolutionsU student community and student resources. She is informing our strategy around how we engage with college students, including piloting a student ambassadors program. Robrenisha is a rising senior at Barnard College studying Political Economics and Women & Leadership Studies.

Email me if you are a student who wants to get more involved or share how you using SolutionsU with other students.

INNOVATION ADVISORS

Brett Smith
Professor and Founding Director, Center for Social Entrepreneurs
Miami University
Christopher Adkins
Executive Director of Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership
University of Notre Dame
Dana Mortenson
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
World Savvy
Drew Stelljes
Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement & Leadership
College of William and Mary
Elizabeth Schmidt
Professor of Practice, School of Public Policy
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Fiona Wilson
Clinical Associate Professor of Social Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability and Executive Director of the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise
University of New Hampshire
Gabriel Brodbar
Executive Director of NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program
New York University
Garrett Broad
Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Communication and Media Studies
Fordham University
Greg Van Kirk
Co-Founder and President
Social Entrepreneur Corps
Jay Friedlander
Sharpe-McNally Chair of Green and Socially Responsible Business
College of the Atlantic
Judit Török
Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
Pratt Institute
Marcy Hessling O'Neil
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Advisor Peace and Justice Studies
Michigan State University
Matthew Nash
Managing Director for Social Entrepreneurship
Duke University
Paul Rogers
Associate Professor of English
George Mason University
Robert Lyon
Clinical Assistant Professor of Management Communication
New York University
Sandra Enos
Associate Professor of Sociology & Social Entrepreneurship Coordinator
Bryant University
Sarah Holloway
Director of Management Specialization; Director of Global Ed Tech Entrepreneurship Program at the Center for Development Economics & Policy
Columbia University
Scott Sherman
Founder
Transformative Action Institute
Teresa Chahine
Sheila and Ron Marcelo Lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship
Yale School of Management
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