Ariel Schwartz

Managing Director

Ariel Schwartz has been working with 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. 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 also enjoys riding her bike, cultivating plants, and enjoying forested and other outdoor spaces.