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.
Meet Our Leadership Team
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
Sr. 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, Golub Capital Social Impact Lab
Tyeise Huntley leads the new Golub Capital Social Impact Lab which will provide training and professional development to amplify the impact of leaders of high-potential nonprofits serving communities of color. The signature offering of the Lab is IGNITE, offered in partnership with the Chicago Urban League.
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
Meet Our Staff
Zeynep Aksoy Ata
Sr. Associate Director, Brand Strategy and Marketing
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
Assistant Director, Events
Ja’Nette Andrews supports Rustandy Center programs and events related to social sector engagement and social entrepreneurship . This includes managing event logistics, maintaining the team’s event calendar, and administrative support for longer-term programs.
Sr. Associate Director of Operations and 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.
Assistant Director, Event and Program Marketing
Katelyn Bell manages marketing efforts for the Rustandy Center’s global portfolio of programming and events, highlighting the growing community of Booth students, alumni, and faculty working to address social issues.
Alissa Bolz, AB ’07, AM ’22
Sr. Associate Director of Research Initiatives
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 and Civic Scholars Program
Wai-Sinn Chan leads the Rustandy Center’s social sector engagement strategy and programming for students and alumni. She also directs outreach and programming for Booth’s Civic Scholars Program.
William Chiu is a research professional at the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation. He is responsible for supporting academic research projects led by the Rustandy Center and Chicago Booth faculty, focusing on the social sector.
Sr. Assistant Director of Programs, 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.
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.
Justin Douglas, MPP '21, MSW '21
Assistant Director, Edwardson Social Entrepreneurship Program
Justin Douglas manages the planning and execution of multiple Rustandy Center programs and activities in the social entrepreneurship and impact investing domains. He also helps to plan and administer the John Edwardson '72 Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC) Competition, Tarrson Social Venture Fellows Program, and the Steven Tarrson Impact Investment Fund.
Assistant Director, Golub Capital Social Impact
Jennifer Hernandez supports with the planning and programming of the new Golub Capital Social Impact Lab in their signature offering of IGNITE.
Director, Hong Kong Social Impact and Innovation Initiatives
Kalmond Ma oversees the social impact programming for the Hong Kong Jockey Club Programme on Social Innovation. He also leads social impact and entrepreneurship initiatives in Hong Kong and throughout Asia for both the Rustandy Center and the Polsky Center.
Assistant Director, Office Management
Jennifer Marschand manages internal processes as part of the operations team for the Rustandy Center and is a welcoming presence for students, alumni, staff, and guests in the newly designed, state of the art co-working office space shared by the Rustandy and Polsky Centers.
Assistant Director, Programs and Partnerships
Christopher Schneider manages social sector engagement programs related to philanthropy, sustainability, and community development. He provides event planning, research, facilitation and assists the center’s strategic growth, partnerships, and social entrepreneurship programs.Christopher Schneider
Sujatha Shenoy, '04
Associate Director, Marketing and Communications
Sujatha Shenoy leads content strategy and oversees the center's brand voice across all materials and mediums. She works to amplify the impact and influence of center programs, research, events, and its community of Booth students, alumni, and faculty working to address social issues.Sujatha Shenoy, '04
Associate Director, Edwardson Social Entrepreneurship Program
Gina leads the Rustandy Center’s ESG and impact investing events and programs to grow Booth’s presence in these ecosystems. She is the relationship manager and an academic advisor to the Steven Tarrson Impact Investment Fund and the MIINT competition.
Meet Our Executives in Residence
Learn more about the social sector leaders who mentor students and share their expertise in sustainability, philanthropy, and more.Meet Our Executives in Residence
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