2022 Executive Social Impact Strategy Teaching Fellows

Mandisa Thomas
February 28, 2022
Executive Programs

We are pleased to welcome the 2022 Executive Social Impact Strategy (SIS) Teaching Fellows! Some fellows are new while others are returning from previous years. Teaching Fellows will offer feedback to student projects, lead discussions, and many other activities to help the cohort grow and learn during the program.


Moey Newbold is a community design advocate with more than a decade of experience in urban planning and climate change advocacy. She is passionate about improving social and environmental conditions by redistributing the power to decide how land uses are allocated. Moey received a B.A. in Political Science from Vassar College. As a college student, she led student groups in advocating for climate justice and spoke at the United Nations COP15 Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. In her hometown of Bend, Oregon, Moey served as the Director of Urban Planning for the non-profit Central Oregon LandWatch. She developed and organized a multi-strategy, multi-year campaign to engage the public on urban planning issues. She formed cross-sector partnerships and used design justice principles to create space for community healing and neighborhood change. This program successfully reduced the City of Bend’s plan for sprawl by 70% and built enthusiastic support for a more dense, walkable, and equitable vision for the future. Moey considers herself a lifelong learner, and she continued her self-taught education in liberatory consciousness, social impact strategy, and participatory community design at the Mid-Career Institute for Environmental Leadership and the 2021 Executive Program for Social Impact Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Shamichael Hallman is a social, civic, and tech innovator. As a tech-minded church leader he’s spent over a decade helping churches develop solutions rooted in digital technologies. As a co-leader of a global faith-inspired weekend hackathon series (Code for the Kingdom), he’s nurtured groups of technologists across the globe who are using their skills for a greater good. As the Senior Library Manager of the historic Cossitt Library (Memphis Public Libraries) he is currently helping oversee the multi-million-dollar renovation of this space, which will seeks to reimagine the role that public libraries can play in their communities. His 2020 TEDx talk “Reimagining the Public Library to Reconnect the Community” garnered international attention among librarians and social innovators. He holds an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Networking System, a Bachelor of Business Administration, and a MS in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. He sits on the board of several great organizations in Memphis and beyond.

Lindsay Young is the founder of the SisterGirl Collective, an organization that celebrates black women’s tradition of intergenerational gathering through storytelling. She has a passion for advocating for women and girls and sees storytelling as an effective tool for community healing, inspiration, action and understanding. She has over 12 years of professional experience that includes serving as legal counsel for financial institutions, acting as Executive Direction of a literacy and youth development non-profit in Ghana and advising startups companies, foundations and community organizations in strategy and operational matters. She also served as a Teaching Fellow for the University of Pennsylvania’s Ortner Center’s Executive Program in Leadership Strategy for Violence & Abuse Prevention. Lindsay holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, a B.A. in Political Science from Spelman College and an Executive Certificate in Social Impact Strategy from University of Pennsylvania.

Sarah Faye Cohen is a social impact strategist who empowers nonprofits to enhance their organizational capacity and impact through inquiry, ideation, and reflection. Her academic work in literature, information science, and social impact strategy informs her approach to catalyzing transformative and sustainable change.

She currently serves as the Senior Managing Director at the University of Minnesota’s The Open Education Network, an international community of higher education institutions dedicated to educational equity. She volunteers regularly with Catchafire, helping under-resourced nonprofits thrive. Sarah is currently pursuing a professional coaching certificate from the University of California, Davis. With a life commitment to beautiful places, she has resided in Jackson Hole (WY), Burlington (VT), and San Luis Obispo (CA.) Sarah now lives in Carmel (CA) with her husband, daughter, and dog.”

Suman John- I’m a social entrepreneur from Bangalore, India. At Diya Innovations, the company I started 8 years ago, we handcraft a line of gifting products for the corporate gifting market. Every gift is handmade by a group of artisans that include men and women with intellectual challenges. Every order for our products goes a long way in ensuring we create sustainable opportunities to build a career in craftsmanship for this community, that otherwise faces very high barriers to employment. I am an alumni of the 2015 cohort of CSIS and greatly value the programme for giving me a wider and more meaningful view of social entrepreneurship and what’s possible!

Natasha S. Dyer currently serves as Deputy Director at Newark Trust for Education, where she quickly advanced since her start in 2012. Prior to joining the Trust, Natasha worked within the Arts Education department at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, where she developed a deeper understanding and attraction to the educational landscape of her hometown—Newark, NJ.

With a commitment to the development of her city, Natasha has devoted significant time to civic engagement and immersion in the arts community of Newark. Through personal and professional experiences, she has witnessed the impact of service on the human spirit and the power of collective action and experience. She believes in a holistic approach to constructing nonprofit organizations, programs and services, which combine cultural awareness, with theory and best practices, lending itself to the elevation of communities.

Natasha currently serves on the Leadership Council of Arts Ed Newark, on the Board of Directors of the GEM Project, and is a proud alumnus of Leadership Newark. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Rutgers University-Newark and a Masters in Public Administration from Rutgers SPAA. Natasha has served as moderator, facilitator, and consultant for a number of cultural organizations and causes over the years.

Gino Baltazar is an engineer operating in the intersection of technology, data science and social impact – having served in communities such as at UPenn’s Center for Social Impact as a data science teaching fellow, in wildlife conservation at Conservation X Labs, at ShelterTech, and at the blockchain venture Consensys. Gino is reachable via