Our leadership team combines academic expertise with real-world experience at nonprofits and for-profit businesses and in government.
That mix is required, as the lines separating these institutions are blurring, and the sectors must work together to address the great challenges we face. Email the Rustandy Center staff to learn more about us.
Faculty Director, Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics and Willard Graham Faculty Scholar
Marianne Bertrand is a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Center for Economic Policy Research, and the Institute for the Study of Labor. She is an applied microeconomist whose research covers the fields of labor economics, corporate finance, and development economics.Marianne Bertrand
Robert H. Gertner
John Edwardson Faculty Director, Joel F. Gemunder Professor of Strategy and Finance
Robert H. Gertner has been on the Chicago Booth faculty since 1986. His research interests include strategic decision-making, corporate finance, organization structure, theory of the firm, and social enterprises.Robert H. Gertner
Caroline Grossman, ’03
Executive Director, Adjunct Associate Professor of Strategy
Caroline Grossman is responsible for leading the Rustandy Center’s work to serve as a destination for people committed to helping solve complex social and environmental problems, equipping them with the knowledge and tools to positively impact humanity.
Caroline Grossman, ’03
Senior Director of Marketing, Programs, and Partnerships
Tali Griffin leads the Rustandy Center's work to equip our community with the tools and insights to create impact. She drives our global suite of programs, our partnerships across sectors, and our work to amplify lessons learned from research and practice.Tali Griffin
Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives
Liz Jellema leads operations and initiatives to enable the Rustandy Center's growth and impact. Her work aligns strategy with organizational development to influence social sector innovation.Liz Jellema
Director of Research Initiatives
Salma Nassar leads the Rustandy Center's work to support groundbreaking research on the social sector and complex social and environmental issues. She works with Booth faculty and PhD students to develop innovative research partnerships with nonprofits, for-profit companies, and public-sector organizations, and oversees the Rustandy Center's social sector data hub.Salma Nassar
Zeynep Aksoy Ata
Associate Director, Marketing and Brand Strategy
Zeynep Aksoy Ata develops and leads data-driven marketing strategies to grow the Rustandy Center’s brand. She also supports event and program marketing to generate leads and engage core audiences.
Zeynep Aksoy Ata
Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives
Patience Baach manages the Rustandy Center’s internal impact measurement work in Chicago and Hong Kong. She provides strategic and administrative support for initiatives such as the social impact data hub and operations systems and procedures.
Alissa Bolz, AB ’07
Associate Director, Research Partnerships and Strategy
Alissa Bolz catalyzes research projects focused on the social sector and complex social and environmental issues. She develops strategic partnerships between Booth faculty and for-profit, nonprofit, and public-sector organizations and manages data sourcing and collection efforts.
Wai-Sinn Chan, MBA ’02, MPP ’02
Director, Social Sector Engagement Programs and Civic Scholars
Wai-Sinn Chan leads the Rustandy Center’s social sector engagement strategy and programming for students and alumni. She also collaborates with Booth Career Services and other partners to develop new initiatives and resources for alumni interested in leveraging their business tool kit to work in social impact or engage in nonprofit board service.
Assistant Director, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Programme on Social Innovation
Iris Choi is responsible for managing the Rustandy Center’s programming in Hong Kong, including The Hong Kong Jockey Club Programme on Social Innovation.
Assistant Director, Operations
Lenese Clark supports the Rustandy Center’s internal operations and initiatives. In collaboration with the director of operations and strategic initiatives, she facilitates the development and implementation of operational procedures related to HR, IT, accounting, administrative support, and team collaboration to promote efficiency across the center’s goals.
Senior Associate Director, Edwardson Social Entrepreneurship Program
Will Colegrove is responsible for leading the Edwardson Social Entrepreneurship Program, including cultivating the pipeline for the John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge from across the university. He also leads programming on funding social impact, including impact investing experiential learning opportunities such as MIINT, Invest for Impact, and the Total Impact Portfolio Challenge.
Senior Assistant Director, Edwardson Social Entrepreneurship Program
Ali Galloway is responsible for supporting the Edwardson Social Entrepreneurship Program, which includes the John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge and programs and events that teach students about social entrepreneurship, impact investing, venture philanthropy, and social sector innovation.
Director for Hong Kong Initiatives
Francis Hon oversees the operations of the Rustandy Center’s activities in Hong Kong, and helps to plan and establish the center’s growing presence in Asia.
Gina Potthoff Kacik
Associate Director, Marketing and Communications
Gina Potthoff Kacik leads content strategy for the Rustandy Center and also drives the center’s event and program marketing efforts. She works to highlight the center’s global portfolio of programming and growing community of Booth students, alumni, and faculty working to address social issues.
Senior Assistant Director, Marketing and Communications
Emma Kolander manages marketing efforts for the Rustandy Center’s global portfolio of programming, highlighting the growing community of Booth students, alumni, and faculty working to address social issues.
Jingwei Maggie Li
Jingwei Maggie Li is responsible for supporting academic research projects led by the Rustandy Center and Chicago Booth faculty, focused on addressing complex social and environmental issues.
Senior Assistant Director, Social Sector Engagement Programs
Prentiss Smith leads programs related to the area of social sector engagement. This includes student group support, meaningful volunteering programs, and career-related programs and events.