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About Our Team

Nicholas Torres and Tine Hansen-Turton are PSIJ’s co-founders and publishers. In addition, they have assembled a team of young leaders who serve as associates and contributing writers.

Professors and students from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Fels Institute of Government and School of Social Policy & Practice, as well as from La Salle University, Drexel University, and Thomas Jefferson University, have all teamed up with the Journal.

Graduate students from partner universities are invited to become Philadelphia Social Innovations Fellows at the Journaland co-author articles. Under the direction and guidance of Nicholas Torres and Tine Hansen-Turton, the students work in collaboration with local social innovators to produce feature articles for inclusion in PSIJ. A student fellow is expected, either in teams or individually, to spend minimally 20 to 30 hours on background research, interviews with innovators and drafting of an article. Journal staff will provide an orientation with regard to all program expectations. Torres and Hansen-Turton work with academic partners to integrate these projects into formal curricula, with the added purpose of giving students real-world experiences with regional social innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders.



Management Team

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Columnists

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Nominate an Innovator Writing Team

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Co-founders

Tine Hansen-Turton

Nationally known as an advocate and social innovator, Tine Hansen-Turton is co-founder of the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal. Co-author of two award-winning books on leadership issues, she also writes for peer-reviewed professional healthcare and legal journals. Additionally, as a highly regarded healthcare expert, Hansen-Turton presents frequently at local, state and national healthcare conferences.

Hansen-Turton has received several advocacy and leadership awards, including an Eisenhower Fellowship and the Philadelphia Business Journal 40 under 40 Leadership Award, and was named one of the 101 emerging Philadelphia connectors in 2008 by Leadership, Inc.

Chief Strategy Officer at the Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), Hansen-Turton is also CEO of the National Nursing Centers Consortium (NNCC), a PHMC affiliate organization with membership of more than 200 nurse-managed health centers serving 2.5 million families throughout the U.S. She co-founded and serves as executive director of the Convenient Care Association, a national trade association of over 1350 retail health clinics. Hansen-Turton is regularly sought out by regional and national media for her expertise.

Hansen-Turton serves on numerous boards, is a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and advises the federal Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Health Science Products and Services. She earned a B.A. from Slippery Rock University, a Masters in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute and her Juris Doctor from the Temple University Beasley School of Law.

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Nicholas D. Torres

Mr. Torres currently serves as CEO of Education Plus Academy Cyber Charter School (www.edpluscharter.org), President of Education-Plus, Inc. (www.educationplushealth.com) where he works on scaling higher education models, school-based health centers and blended learning education models for dyslexic populations, and Founder of the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal (www.philasocialinnovations.org) and Social Innovations Lab (www.socialinnovationslab.org). In addition, he serves as faculty at the University of Pennsylvania's Fel's Insitute of Government (www.fels.upenn.edu).

Mr. Torres plays a leadership role in Pennsylvania and beyond. In January of 2008, he was 1 of 10 Americans to receive the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship, which honors emerging leaders from around the world; he was also recognized by Leadership Philadelphia as one of the 101 Philadelphia Connectors. Currently, Mr. Torres serves on the boards of the Free Library of Philadelphia, Children's Scholarship Fund, After School Partnership, and GreenTree Foundation.  Previously he served as  the Board Chair of Pan American Academy Charter School (Founder). Advisor to Knight Foundation Philadelphia, Chair of the Southeastern Pennsylvania United Way's Professional Advisory Council, Co-Chair of the National Council of La Raza's Northeastern Affiliates, and as a Human Relations Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia.

Mr. Torres served as president of Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc., from 2000-2010, one of the nations' premier multi-service organizations. As president of Congreso, he launched a K-college continuum of educational services; launched mental health and primary care as part of its integrative approach; standardized a model of case management across child welfare, welfare to work, health, behavioral health, workforce and education services; and aligned the organization through standardized outcome measurements.

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Columnists

Nancy Moses

Nancy Moses has served as a nonprofit funder, founder, executive director, board member, and consultant. Most recently, she spearheaded a new social investment giving circle, and helped the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania launch the Wharton Social Impact Corps. Nancy is the author of Lost in the Museum: Hidden Treasures and the Stories They Tell (AltaMira Press 2008) which won a 2008 Gold Medal from ForeWard Magazine. Her opinion pieces and articles have been published The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, Public Management Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer, and other publications. Nancy holds a Masters Degree in American Civilization from George Washington University.

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Elizabeth Dow

Liz Dow is President and CEO of LEADERSHIP Philadelphia, an organization that has mobilized executives to serve the community for fifty years. Former Senior Vice President for Human Resources with First USA (now JP Morgan), she has also worked for the Hay Group and PricewaterhouseCoopers, and served as a Wharton Public Policy Fellow in The White House. Liz holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in Counseling from Cornell University. She has served on several nonprofit boards, a corporate board, and a university board. Her organization places alumni fellows on nonprofit boards. She recently published Six Degrees of Connection, which takes the abstract ideas about Connectors from The Tipping Point and makes them real. Six Degrees of Connection can be purchased on www.leadershipphiladelphia.org.

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Jane Golden

Jane Golden is the executive director of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Since the Mural Arts Program began in 1984 as a component of the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network, Jane Golden has been its driving force, overseeing its growth from a small city agency into the nation's largest mural program, a catalyst for positive social change and a model for community development across the country and around the globe. Under Golden’s direction, in partnership with communities, grassroots organizations, city agencies, schools and philanthropies, the Mural Arts Program has created over 3,000 landmark works of public art, earning Philadelphia international recognition as the “City of Murals.”

Golden holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and degrees in Fine Arts and Political Science from Stanford University. In addition, Golden has received honorary PhDs from Swarthmore College, Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, Widener University, and most recently Haverford College and Villanova University.

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Teresa Araco Rodgers

Teresa Araco Rodgers founded harp-weaver, LLC to offer donors a better way to add meaning and align their gifting with personal, family and financial goals. Her mission is to inspire others by helping them articulate their values and passions to be purposeful givers. Teresa began her career at SEI, a global provider of asset management, investment processing and investment operations solutions. In her fifteen years with SEI, she helped establish the company's businesses in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe. Playing various lead roles in solution management, client service and business development, Teresa has global business experience, a broad perspective, and a desire to innovate. Teresa developed and managed SEI's Philanthropy Solutions business. She was immersed in philanthropy and was responsible for creating donor vehicles, researching and preparing education materials and helping families with personal gifting. Teresa holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Certificate in Nonprofit Administration, and is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy®.

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Michael Wong

Michael W. Wong is a Managing Consultant in IBM’s Strategy & Transformation Practice.  He has over 20 years of marketing, sales, and strategy experience at a number of Fortune Most Admired Companies including Apple Computer, AstraZeneca, and Merck. He has led restructuring initiatives in US and international markets, including China. He also serves as an Adjunct Instructor at Saint Joseph’s University’s MBA program. His insights on subjects like strategy, multicultural marketing and talent management have been shared in publications including the MIT Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business School Blog Network, and Pharmaceutical Representative. Finally, he serves on the Harvard Business School Healthcare Alumni Association's Board of Directors.

 

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Nominate an Innovator Writing Team

The Nominate a Social Innovator Writing Team is a group of talented young professionals with experience in writing, social enterprise and nonprofit management. The team profiles organizations that have been identified by readers of the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal as innovative. If you are a young professional interested in contributing to the Journal, please contact Chantelle Fitzgerald at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Ashley Berendt at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Carlos Hernandez

Carlos is currently serving as Program Manager at the Public Health Management Corporation's (PHMC) Behavioral  Health Service component. In this capacity, Carlos provides administrative/programmatic support to PHMC's behavioral health programs. Carlos earned his B.A. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 and his MPH from Drexel University in 2011.

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Martha Heuser

Martha E. Heuser is a part-time candidate for the M.S. in Nonprofit/NGO Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice. For the past several years, she has been a fundraiser working on annual appeals and previously writing grants. Prior to her work in nonprofits, she was in the field of historic preservation. She also serves on several committees for activities related to young professionals, volunteering and fundraising. Martha is a fundraiser for The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), an organization that administers pension, healthcare, death and disability benefits as well as financial assistance to over 50,000 members of the Presbyterian Church. She previously managed and wrote grant proposals for a nonprofit children's social services agency where she also coordinated corporate volunteer days and overaw the online communications. Prior to that, Martha worked as an architectual historian for a cultural resources firm, and interned with the National Park Service and New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office. She received her B.A. in Historic Preservation from the University of Mary Washington and a Certificate in Fundraising from Villanova University. She serves on the YPN Volunteer Committee, the Membership Committee of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Class of 2002 Reunion Giving Committee for the University of Mary Washington.

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Mie-Sara Lai

Bio coming soon.

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Shawn Martin

Shawn Martin is a Librarian at the Van Pelt Library of the University of Pennsylvania where he works on creating sustainable business models for e-publishing and digital libraries. He has worked at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Ohio Historical Society and the University of Michigan. Shawn is also active in several professional associations. He serves as the Executive Director of the American Association for History and Computing, a constituent association of the American Historical Association, and on several committees in the American Library Association and the Association for College and Research Libraries. Shawn is also active on the board of the Raven Society of the Free Library of Philadelphia and works with the Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Shawn has a B.A. in history from Ohio States University and an M.A. in history from the College of William and Mary, and is currently doing graduate work at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Hadiyah Muhammad

Hadiyah N. Muhammad has over a decade of business experience and has recently focused her skills and abilities on the public sector. Her fierce passion about innovation and effectiveness in education and healthcare organizations is expressed through her involvement in launching and growing awareness committees, music education projects, tutoring programs and developing strategic partnerships between various community organizations in the tri-state area. Hadiyah received her undergraduate degree in Operations and Information Systems Management from Pennsylvania State University and has a Masters in Project Management from the Keller Graduate School. Hadiyah also sings with EOJAS, a touring choir of which she is a founding member, provides consulting services to nonprofit organizations and blogs about disparities, resources and events related to healthcare and education in the United States.

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Keri Salerno

Keri Salerno currently serves as the Director of Philanthropic Relations in the Office of Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter. She was the first person to have this position, created at the beginning of the Mayor's term in January 2008. In this role Salerno works to harness private resources to achieve the Mayor's goals. Prior to receiving this appointment Salerno spent six years as a political organizer and fundraiser working campaigns at the local, state and national levels.

She hold a Masters in Government Administration and Certificate in Non-profit Management from the Fels Institute of Government from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor's Degree from Tulane University.

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Matan Bernea

Originally from Seattle and a graduate of the University of Washington, Matan Barnea is now a proud Philadelphian. Matan works as an educational counselor for JEVS Human Services, providing test prep and college counseling to at-risk youth throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. When not working Matan enjoys exploring his new home town, cooking, and reading. He is married and has three cats.

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TJ Hurst

TJ Hurst works for the Philadelphia School Partnership as the Manager of the Great Schools Compact. He is responsible for implementing initiatives agreed upon by the tri-sector Committee. He is currently working on multiple projects, including finding ways for schools to save money through shared purchasing, removing barriers to school enrollment and helping schools with the transition to Common Core standards.

Before coming to PSP, TJ worked in the Managing Director's Office for the City of Philadelphia. Prior to that, he spent two years working in Guatemala City teaching US History and World Geography at Colegio Decroly Americano and volunteering for Safe Passage, an NGO helping families who live around and work inside the Guatemala City garbage dump. TJ is also a veteran of several Philadelphia political campaigns including a field organizer for Obama '08 in West Philadelphia.

TJ is a graduate of the University of Alabama and is currently pursuing his masters in public administration at the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Institute of Government.

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Erin Nowak

For the past few years, Erin Nowak has served Philadelphia businesses and nonprofits as a consultant. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish, she is committed to bridging diverse cultures in a spirit of interconnectedness. Her passion to uplift peoples in the margin has led her to co-found Bethesda Project’s YogaSpace with Erik Burling (2011) and the Diocese of Trenton’s youth magazine dotdotdot (1999). This past year she ran for Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge. In June 2012, she co-hosted and was responsible for the live streaming component of Fels Voter ID Registration Bill Moderated Panel Discussion. She has been awarded the Fels Institute of Government Institutional Award (2010); the Wharton Business Plan Competition Social Venture Award (2011) and was a national finalist for USAID Smith School Global Challenge: Creating Alliances for Economic Prosperity (2010). She holds a Master Degree in Government Administration and Certificate in Politics from Fels Institute of Government University of Pennsylvania (2010); a Certificate in Chinese Language from the University of Pennsylvania (2010); and was recently awarded a Certificate in Classical Vinyasa Yoga from Dhyana Yoga (2012).

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Keri Salerno

Keri Salerno is the Director of Reentry Strategies and Outreach with the City of Philadelphia’s Public Safety Office. This is her second position in the Administration of Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter having been the Director of Philanthropic Relations in the Office of the Mayor from January 2008 to April 2010. Prior to entering the public sector, Salerno spent six years as a political organizer and fundraiser working issue based and electoral campaigns at the local, state and national levels.

Outside of work, Salerno sits on the board of directors for USA250, Inc., and writes for the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal. Past commitments included serving as a founding board member and the President of Philadelphia Young Non-profit Leaders as well as volunteering for numerous young professional organizations and political campaigns.

She holds a Masters in Government Administration and Certificate in Non-profit Management from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor's Degree in History from Tulane University. Originally from Harrisburg, PA, Salerno currently resides in the Hawthorne section of Philadelphia.

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Tiffany W. Thurman

Tiffany W. Thurman is the Program Manager of FinanciallyHers at Clarifi . There she provides research, analysis and oversight of the women’s financial education program to increase financial stability among low- and moderate- income households. Her specific area of focus include empowering women to become self-sufficient in effectively managing their finances and lowering rates of inter-generational transfer of poverty. She teaches behavioral economics and develops curricula that focus on instructing women how to create long-term economic security including asset building. Tiffany is also responsible for community/corporate relationship building.

Previously, Tiffany led social and economic advocacy initiatives with a grassroots, faith-based nonprofit she founded serving residents in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia. Her work included a longitudinal research project with University of Pennsylvania’s Dr. Alison Buttenheim to measure behavioral economic principles (including financial incentives) to encourage behavior change. Tiffany holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Temple University.

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Megan Trainer

Megan Trainer is a Strategic Insights Manager at Mars Drinks, a division of Mars Inc., where she is responsible for synthesizing qualitative and quantitative insights to drive business strategy recommendations. Megan is passionate about pro-bono/skills-based service and the mutuality achieved between pro-bono consultants and the nonprofits they serve. She is active in Philadelphia as a committee chair for the collective giving organization Impact 100, as well as a volunteer with PAWS, Chester County Futures, Philabundance, and Startup Corps.She received a B.A. in Political Science/International Affairs from the University of Richmond, and an M.A. in Communications from Johns Hopkins University.

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Ashley Feuer-Edwards

Ashley Feuer-Edwards serves as the Director of Member Services for Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia (formerly DVG), the regional association for funders in Greater Philadelphia.  In this role, she develops and produces a wide range of educational programs and overseas membership renewal, retention, and recruitment processes for a diverse constituency of more than 150 funding organizations. Ashley's professional experience spans the nonprofit, business and government sectors, including serving as a Business Development Specialist with JEVS Human Services and as a Project Manager and Business Development Manager for Econsult Corporation, a regional economic consulting firm. Ashley has also worked with the School District of Philadelphia (Office of Development), Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell's Office of Policy and Planning and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation. Ashley earned a Master of Government Administration degree from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania, and was a double major graduate in Sociology and Advertising from Pennsylvania State University, Phi Beta Kappa. She has participated in NELI’s Ascending Leadership Certificate Program,  the United Way’s Emerging Leaders program, and in Young Involved Philadelphia's Nonprofit Board Prep Program.  Ashley now serves as the Board Treasurer for Girls Rock Philly, a non-profit music and mentoring organization, and as a member of the East Falls Development Corporation's Real Estate Committee and the Fels Alumni Leadership Council.

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