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A number of SIS faculty teach courses or have professional interests related to social enterprise. Here is a partial list of people you might want to study or consult with.

Director of the Social Enterprise Program


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Professor Robert Tomasko created and leads the Masters Program in Social Enterprise at American University’s School of International Service. This is one of the first graduate degrees offered worldwide in social entrepreneurship.  

He also holds a faculty appointment at American University where he has taught graduate courses in corporate social responsibility, leading social innovation, effective activism, social enterprise management, innovation techniques, and social entrepreneurship.  

Prior to this he has spent 25 years as a practice leader and a partner at two large international management consulting firms. His clients have included Coca-Cola, Exxon, Ford, Infosys, Marriott, Mitsubshi, Telstra, Toyota, UNICEF, and the US Navy. He led an Arthur D. Little, Inc. study of the impact of the US pharmaceutical industry on Puerto Rico’s socioeconomic development, and for seven years he evaluated the performance of the American companies who were signatories of the Sullivan Principles on how well they violated the apartheid laws of South Africa.  

He has written 4 management books and spoken about the ideas in them to business audiences in 6 continents. His latest book is titled Bigger Isn’t Always Better. His articles have appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. 

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He has a Masters degree from Harvard and a Bachelor of Science from Case Institute of Technology. He has been a member of the board of directors of StartingBloc, a competitive fellowship program for young social entrepreneurs that offers institutes in social innovation in cooperation with leading business and public policy schools, an advisor to UnSectored, and an Echoing Green Brain Trust member.

Affiliate Faculty

  1. Melissa Bradley

    Melissa Bradley, Executive in Residence

    KSB - Kogod School of Business

    Melissa L. Bradley is a tri-sector leader with more than 20 years of entrepreneurship, investment and leadership experience. She is the inaugural Director of the AU Center for Innovation in the Capital and Executive in Residence at the Kogod School o… More

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  2. Donna Chung

    Donna Chung, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Donna E. Chung is adjunct faculty member at American University in the School of International Service, where she has taught since 2007.  In addition to the course on NGO-private sector engagement under the Social Enterprise Initiative, she has devel… More

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  3. Stephanie Fischer

    Stephanie Fischer, Executive-In-Residence

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Stephanie Fischer is the Director of Experiential Learning and an Executive in Residence at American University in the School for International Service. Stephanie teaches courses in social enterprise, nonprofit management and professional competencie… More

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    (202) 885-6829

  4. Alene Gelbard

    Alene Gelbard, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  5. Louis Goodman

    Louis Goodman, Professor and Dean Emeritus, SIS

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Louis Goodman carries out research on social change and politics in Latin America and in Asia. His current research focuses on public goods, regional alliances and development. He has published widely on civil-military relations in Latin America, on … More

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    (202) 885-1625

  6. Krista Hendry

    Krista Hendry, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  7. David Hirschmann

    David Hirschmann, Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Hirschmann has written approximately 55 publications, with topics including Reengineering and Performance Measurement in USAID; Development Management/ Bureaucracy/ Administration, and Planning; Women and Development; Women and Political Particip… More

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    (202) 885-1655

  8. Sarah Knight

    Sarah Knight, Assistant Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Sarah Cleeland Knight is Faculty Director of the SIS Honors Program and Assistant Professor at American University's School of International Service. Dr. Knight's research focuses on international political economy. She is interested in identifyi… More

    (202) 885-1613

  9. Nanette Levinson

    Nanette Levinson, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Nanette S. Levinson is Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Academic Director of the SIS/Sciences-Po Exchange. Currently Co-Director of the Internet Governance Lab, she also serves as Editor of the International Communication Section, The Internati… More

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    (202) 885-1480

  10. Elizabeth Nitze

    Elizabeth Nitze, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Lisa Nitze has over 25 years experience working with government, corporations, foundations, nonprofits and universities to develop and implement strategies for building sustainable social value and for maximizing social impact. Recently as Managing D… More

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  11. John Passacantando

    John Passacantando, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  12. Neil Ruiz

    Neil Ruiz, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Send email to Neil Ruiz

    (202) 885-1497

  13. Nancy Sachs

    Nancy Sachs, Professorial Lecturer

    SIS - School of International Service

    Dr. Nancy Sachs teaches graduate courses in social enterprise, executive leadership, and intercultural communication at SIS as well as courses in strategic thinking and corporate responsibility at the Kogod School of Business. In addition to teaching… More

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    (202) 885-6687