SIS Social Innovation Fellows collage

SIS Social Innovation Fellows collage

I’m pleased to announce the first cohort of SIS Social Innovation Fellows. Please join me in congratulating them! These 11 Masters students join the Social Enterprise MAs in completing their qualifications for SIF this academic year. An additional 14 SIS MA students are, or have been, candidates in the process of qualifying. In addition to the Programs mentioned above, they represent GEP, GGPS, IER, and IPCR.

The SIS Social Innovation Fellows are a co-curricular activity open to students across all SIS graduate programs. It was created out of a realization that Social Enterprise certainly doesn’t have a monopoly on SIS students with an interest in innovation and entrepreneurship. This is well illustrated by the broad range of Programs our Fellows are based in.

In addition to the SE courses, the Fellows have access to the out-of-course activities we offer our MA students. These include: a self-assessment and career planning process tailored to people who want to be changemakers, joining SE students at the Harvard Social Enterprise Conference, getting coaching about their venture ideas from SE faculty and Practitioner Affiliates, attendance at downtown and on-campus networking events, and use of the startup incubator 1776’s facilities downtown and in Crystal City. They also hear about social innovation-related job openings and internships as well as off-campus opportunities to get up to speed with latest developments and new techniques in this field.

Eventually we hope to raise funds to support some of their ideas and ventures.

This was our pilot year. We’re off to a good start, due in good part to all of you PDs who spread the word about SIF to their students. We’ll recruit our next batch right after the Fall Semester kicks-off.

Thanks for all your encouragement and support!

Robert Tomasko, Program Director

2017 Cohort


Education: Candidate, M.A. International Affairs; Candidate, J.D. American University Washington College of Law

Undergraduate degree(s): International Studies, B.A Minor in International Business

SI Involvement: SIS: 635 – NGO/Social Enterprise Management; undergraduate SIS mentor; Publication: Benefitting from Sustainable Development, Sustainable Development Law and Policy Brief

Victoria Frappaolo holds a B.A. in International Relations from American University. She is currently pursuing her Law Degree and Master’s in International Relations from American University’s Washington College of Law. During the day, Victoria works for Klamp & Associates, a small law firm dedicated exclusively to representing charitable organizations. In the past, Victoria worked as an immigration paralegal and legal writing fellow.

Current or prior experience:
Law Clerk – Klamp & Associates, P.C.
Legal Writing Fellow – Price Benowitz, LLP
Immigration Paralegal – The Employment Law Group, P.C.


Education: Candidate, M.S. Development Management

Undergraduate degree(s): Literature and History B.A., Minor in Education, University of California, Santa Cruz

SI Involvement: SIS: 635 – Leading Social Innovation; Harvard Social Enterprise Conference

Current or prior experience:

United Service Organizations – Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa
Instructor – Westminster International, Chiang Mai, Thailand
United States Peace Corps Officer – Swaziland, Africa


Education: Candidate, M.S. Development Management

SI Involvement: SIS: 635 – Social Innovation: Context and Best Practices; SIS: 635 – Leading Social Innovation; Harvard Social Enterprise Conference


Education: M.A. Intercultural and International Communication

Undergraduate degree(s): Communication B.A. University of Washington

SI Involvement:
Mentorship with Dr. Nancy Sachs; skills institute on design thinking: Design for Development; Global Business Intern at Smithsonian Enterprises

Current or prior experience:
Graduate Fellow – United Nations Association, National Capital Area
Korean History Intern – Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Dean’s Research Assistant – School of International Service


Education: Executive Master of International Service; Master of Business Administration, University of Phoenix

Undergraduate degree(s): Political Science and Sociology B.A, Ohio University

SI Involvement: Hacking for “X” (H4X) Educator and Sponsor Course – Georgetown University; mentorship with Dr. Ben Jensen; VentureWell’s OPEN conference; Innova-Con; Director for Sponsorship – Defense Entrepreneurs Forum; Technology Innovation and Emerging Capability Integration; heavy involvement with DC entrepreneurship incubators

Current or prior experience:
Product Owner & Business Development – Enlighten IT Consulting
Senior Information Operations & Technology Advisor – Yorktown Systems Group
Senior Military Advisor – Information Strategy, Cyber & Electronic Warfare, Technology Integration, PAE


Education: M.A. Intercultural and International Communication

Undergraduate degree(s): Spanish B.A., Florida International University

SI Involvement: SIS: 635 – Social Innovation: Context and Best Practices; SIS: 635 NGO/Social Enterprise Management; SECON 2017, Social Impact 360 Conference; StartingBloc NOLA; OpenIDEO Design Thinking Event; InnovatorsBox

Current or prior experience:
Program Placement Consultant – Remote Year
Graduate Fellow – McLarty Associates, Fontheim International
Independent Consultant – American University U.S.-Portugal Exchange Training Program, Building U.S.-Cuban Educational Partnerships


Education: Candidate, M.S. Development Management

Undergraduate degree(s): Political Science and Government, Universidad de Puerto Rico

SI Involvement: SIS: 635 – Social Innovation: Context and Best Practices; Harvard Social Enterprise Conference; design thinking or SI/SE workshop

Current or prior experience:
Founder – Inaru Exchange Project, La Libertad, El Salvador
Project Design and Research Intern – Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking
Project Development Consultant – Glowbal Act


Education: M.A. International Development

Undergraduate degree(s): Africana Studies: Community Involvement B.A., North Carolina State University

SI Involvement: SIS: 635 – Leading Social Innovation; design thinking workshop

Current or prior experience:
Grants Associate – Charities Aid Foundation
Advocacy Intern – Women Thrive
Research Assistant – American University


Education: J.D. Washington College of Law; M.A. International Relations and Affairs

SI Involvement: SIS: 635; Harvard Social Enterprise Conference

Andrew is a 2017 graduate of American University Washington College of Law. He is currently studying for the Washington, D.C. bar exam and anticipates completing his M.A. in International Affairs at AU’s School of International Service in December 2017.

Andrew grew up on a farm in Michigan and attended Michigan State University, where he earned degrees in International Relations and Journalism, and was a rower for four years. Before moving to Washington, D.C., for law school, Andrew worked in the Michigan Legislature for almost seven years, most recently as the chief of staff for a state senator.

His professional interests include international investment law, human rights, good governance initiatives, and social enterprise.



Education: M.A. Intercultural and International Communication Candidate

Undergraduate degree(s): B.A. Sociology, International Relations, Brown University

SI Involvement: Global Sleepover team member; USIP PeaceTech Accelerator; mentee of top business and VC leaders and executives on financial planning, marketing and branding, scaling up, governance and compliance, etc.; Smithsonian Arcade (The Girl Who Sees: IndieGogo); IntroSpector mobile/web app

Prior or current experience:
Academic Services Coordinator – American University School of Professional & Extended Studies
Digital Content Advisor – The Global Sleepover
Founder – InterIntellectus, LLC
Curriculum Development Fellow – Global Ties U.S.


Education: Candidate, M.A. International Communication and Intercultural Relations

Undergraduate degree(s): B.S. International Business, B.A. Spanish Minor in Marketing, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

SI Involvment: SIS: 635 – Social Enterprise Context and Practice; Harvard Social Enterprise Conference; design thinking workshop; Halcyon Incubator

Naria is a Master’s Candidate at American University in the School of International Service studying International and Intercultural Communication with concentration in International Development and Social Enterprise. Her focus includes finding ways to engage the private sector for public good through corporate social responsibility, strategic partnerships, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

Naria is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in International Business and a B.A. in Spanish. Recently, Naria worked as a Legislative Public Affairs Intern at the United States Agency of International Development where she utilized social media to advocate agency initiatives and worked on events such as the Global Entrepreneurship Summit and the White House Summit on Global Development.

Naria has a strong background in Social Media Marketing shown through her role as a Social Media Marketing Intern at Tri-Force Consulting and as a Google Adcamp participant. Additionally, Naria is a writer for Odyssey and Elite Daily, both online media sites Currently, Naria serves as a Graduate Assistant to AU Abroad Centers at American University.

Prior or current experience:
Program Coordinator – Logenix International
Consultant – Lightscape Foundation
Graduate Program Assistant – American University AU Abroad