Adam Roth-Saks

Administrative Director, Masters Program in Nonprofit Leadership

Adam joined the Nonprofit Leadership Program team in August 2014. As Associate Director, he advises current NPL students on course work and practicum placements, speaks with prospective students, and supports the Director for the Nonprofit Leadership Program. Prior to joining SP2, he worked in international education arranging experiential opportunities for university students and faculty with nonprofits and social enterprises in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Adam received his B.A. from Brown University and his M.S.Ed. in International Educational Development at the Graduate School of Education at Penn. 

Dr. Allison Russell

Postdoctoral Fellow, CSIS

Allison is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Social Impact Strategy. Her work at SP2 includes curricular review and development for both the Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy and the MS in Nonprofit Leadership (NPL), as well as online and in-person teaching in the NPL program. Allison’s research centers on the nonprofit and voluntary sector, including volunteerism, nonprofit HRM, ethical decision-making, and the role of nonprofits in social welfare and policy both in the US and internationally. Allison holds a PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Anna Dausman

Program Manager, Impact House and Alumni Initiatives

A linguist by training, Anna is a systems thinker interested in finding simple solutions to complex problems. Prior to joining the center, Anna worked with the national organization Break Away to train universities on how to nurture active citizenship through service-learning programs. Anna earned her BA in English and Linguistics from the College of William & Mary and her MS in Public Administration from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. Anna is a proud bike commuter. 

Dr. Ariel Schwartz

Managing Director, CSIS

Ariel Schwartz has been working with the CSIS since 2015. Prior to her current position, Ariel was Postdoctoral Fellow and Director of Distance Learning, doing curriculum development and overseeing the educational experiences of participants in the Executive Program and other classes. This year, Ariel also serves as an instructor in Penn’s Nonprofit Leadership master’s program. As a social researcher, Ariel studies how grassroots social sector organizations can make good use of donor-funded computing technology. In 2008, Ariel co-founded Maria’s Libraries, a US-based not-for-profit organization striving in Kenya for information access and social, political, economic, and cultural development through community libraries. Ariel received her BA and MPA from Cornell University, and her PhD from the University of Texas. Ariel is also into riding her bike, cultivating plants, and enjoying forested and other outdoor spaces. 

Kaveh Sadeghian

Creative Director, CSIS

Kaveh is the Creative Director at the Center for Social Impact Strategy and on the faculty team for the Executive Program in Social Innovation Design. Outside of teaching, Kaveh develops leadership programs for several high-impact organizations and is a regular speaker at purpose-driven conferences. Through his work, Kaveh has trained over 4,000 impact leaders and the online programs he’s helped design have reached over 120,000 learners to date. 

Dr. Peter Frumkin

Faculty Director

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

Vaughn Sayers

Program Coordinator, CSIS

Vaughn Sayers is an impact-driven leader, placing significance on authenticity and kindness. This approach to social change has resulted in Vaughn’s active pursuit to innovate ways in which others realize their own capacity to add value to the world. Vaughn received his BA from the University of North Florida in Philosophy and is a graduate of the Nonprofit Leadership Masters program at the University of Pennsylvania.