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In 2012, Christina Hachikian took a job launching a new initiative focused on social impact at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, intrigued by the idea of building something for the world’s next generation of socially and environmentally minded business and civic leaders. 

As founding executive director, Hachikian, AB ’02, MBA ’07, helped launch the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation as a place where alumni, students, faculty, and business and nonprofit leaders could find community and jointly aspire to create positive change on the issues they care about. With the research center thriving and social impact now permanently woven into Chicago Booth’s DNA, Hachikian will transition from her post as the center’s executive director in July to a full-time clinical faculty role at Booth.

Rob Gertner, the John Edwardson Faculty Director of the Rustandy Center and Joel F. Gemunder Professor of Strategy and Finance, and Marianne Bertrand, Rustandy Center faculty director and Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, have announced that Caroline Grossman, ’03, the Rustandy Center’s senior director of programs and global initiatives, will be the new executive director of the Rustandy Center, effective July 1. Hachikian will continue teaching courses focused on scaling innovation in the social sector, social entrepreneurship, social impact sector strategy and management, and more.

“Caroline Grossman has been at Booth for over a decade and, since joining the center five years ago, has been instrumental in the center’s success,” Rob Gertner said. “She has a penchant for research, a pulse on the ever-changing social sector, and a vision for taking the global center to the next level. We are confident Caroline will step up to lead the center into the future.”

Read the full announcement at the Rustandy Center’s blog »


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