Meet the Team

Katherine Klein, Vice Dean

Katherine Klein

Katherine Klein is the Vice Dean for the Wharton Social Impact Initiative. In this position, Klein shapes WSII’s vision and strategy for social impact projects, partnerships, initiatives and faculty engagement at Wharton.

Klein is the Edward H. Bowman Professor of Management at Wharton. She teaches on leadership, social impact, and research methods.  Her courses include MGMT 893, a Global Modular Course titled “Conflict, Leadership, and Change: Lessons from Rwanda”; the pilot executive MBA course “Social Impact Knowledge for Action”; and a doctoral seminar on research methods in management.

She is a Fellow of the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science.  Her research explores Leadership, Diversity, Teams and Social NetworksLevels of Analysis Issues in Organizational Theory and ResearchInnovation and Technology ImplementationEmployee Ownership: ESOPs and Employee Stock Options; among other topics.

Her research appears in numerous top journals including Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology, the Academy of Management Journal, and the Academy of Management Review.

Professor Klein received her B.A. in Psychology from Yale University and her Ph.D. in Community Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Sherryl Kuhlman, Managing Director

Sherryl leads the Wharton Social Impact Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Drawing on “business strategies for a better world,” Sherryl is strengthening the impact investing ecosystem, with a specific focus on impact assessment and innovative finance.

Kuhlman approaches her role with a blend of nonprofit and academic experience, informed by more than 10 years of involvement in social impact management, partnership development, outcomes measurement and strategy. She joined the Wharton Social Impact Initiative in October 2010, and has a Ph.D, in Ethics and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School.

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Sandra Maro Hunt, Senior Director

Sandi HuntSandi M. Hunt is Senior Director at the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, where she leads WSII’s gender lens investing work and oversees the initiative’s operations as a member of WSII’s senior leadership team.  Sandi is a host of the weekly social impact show “Dollars & Change” on SiriusXM111 Business Radio. Sandi also launched the Turner Social Impact Society, managed the award-winning FastFWD Urban Accelerator program and established the Penn Social Impact Consortium. She serves on the seed stage investment committee for Wharton Impact Investing Partners, and has been a judge for social entrepreneurship competitions including the Forbes $1 Million Change the World Competition.

As a former consultant at Accenture and Vice President of Operations at Back on My Feet, Sandi brings skills and experiences from both sectors.  Sandi graduated with honors with a BSBA in business management from Bucknell University, and she is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Nick Ashburn, Senior Director, Impact Investing

NickHeadshot-665x1024Nick Ashburn is the Senior Director for Impact Investing at the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, where previously he was also the Director of Special Projects for Impact Investing. He has been a Lecturer in the School of Social Policy and Practice at Penn and has taught Social Entrepreneurship at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin.

Nick has worked on projects with major foundations, government agencies, large financial institutions, and corporations on diverse projects ranging from innovative finance for social impact, design thinking for poverty alleviation, and education in developing countries. He holds a master’s degree in international educational development from the University of Pennsylvania and is also fluent in German.

Nick is a co-author of “Great Expectations: Financial Performance & Mission Preservation in Impact Investing” and also co-hosts “Dollars & Change” on SiriusXM Channel 111 – Business Radio powered by the Wharton School – a show dedicated to the intersection of business and finance for social impact.

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Harry Douglas, Director, Impact Investing Research

Harry Douglas

Harry Douglas is the Director of Impact Investing Research at the Wharton Social Impact Initiative.  He oversees research strategy and manages day-to-day creation of the Wharton Impact Research & Evaluation Database, a data asset that will inform academic scholarship and fill critical knowledge gaps for investors as they assess risk and develop investment strategies in impact investing.

 

He is co-author of the 2015 WSII report, “Great Expectations: Mission Preservation and Financial Performance in Impact Investing”. He received an MPA from the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California and a BA from Harvard.  He is currently a Level II candidate in the CFA program.

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Yuri Seung, Program Manager

In her role as Program Manager at WSII, Yuri manages existing student programs, and develops new opportunities for engagement with students and alumni.

Before coming to WSII, Yuri had the privilege of working in city government, philanthropy, and higher education. She’s served on teams implementing innovative solutions to increase access to education and technology, and improve the system of workforce development.

Yuri graduated with honors from Temple University, with a BA in English and Asian Studies. As an undergraduate, she studied in Tokyo, Japan, researching issues affecting women and minorities. She also studied Chinese at Middlebury Language Schools.

S. Tyler Hoffman, Team Coordinator

Tyler HoffmanAs Team Coordinator, Tyler Hoffman brings a high level of customer service, creativity, and resourcefulness to facilitates the administration and execution of WSII projects, events, fellowships, and speakers.

His expertise and dedication in this position earned him Penn’s Pillars of Excellence award in 2016.

After receiving his BA from West Chester University, Tyler served as Theater Director and coordinator for a K-12 training program in the Greater Philadelphia Area and New Jersey. He also helped to found a Philadelphia based theatre company and is a previous Actors Equity Association candidate. He brings this varied experience to help grow an increasing number of WSII activities.

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