• About Us

    The New School would like to acknowledge the small working group that came together to develop the vision for the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative. In addition to the team listed below, this group included Rhea Alexander, assistant professor of Strategic Design and Management at Parsons School of Design, and Dana Martens, former Student Program Manager.

    Impact Entrepreneurship Staff

    Michele Kahane, Faculty Director

    Elizabeth Werbe, Director

    Adam Chagani, Student Program Manager

    Aryanna Martin, Student Program Manager

    Francisca Severino, Student Program Manager

    Our Funding

    The Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative is made possible through funding received from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Inclusion Open program. This program awards funds to organizations working to help female entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color achieve higher rates of success. The Inclusion Open program is a facet of the Kauffman Foundation’s Zero Barriers movement, which is based on the belief that all people have a fundamental right to turn an idea into an economic reality, regardless of who they are or where they live. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, the Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that works together with communities in education and entrepreneurship to create uncommon solutions and empower people to shape their future. It uses its $2 billion in assets to collaboratively help people be self-sufficient, productive citizens. For more information about the Kauffman Foundation’s Inclusion Open program, visit this website.

    Our Partners

    The Impact Entrepreneurship team welcomes opportunities to partner with organizations that share our commitment to supporting socially aware entrepreneurial leaders from diverse backgrounds. These partners include the following companies and organizations:

    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP
    TrustLaw, Thomson Reuters Foundation
    Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic (BLIP), Brooklyn Law School
    Tech Startup Clinic and Blockchain Project, Cardozo School of Law


    An Ashoka U Changemaker Campus

    The New School is a founding member of the Ashoka U Changemaker Campus network, a global community of leaders and institutions working to make social innovation the new norm in higher education and beyond. An initiative of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs, Ashoka U envisions a world where Everyone is a Changemaker. To date, over 40 colleges and universities have been recognized as Changemaker Campuses. These institutions differ in size, age, institutional type, geographic location, and religious affiliation but are united in their commitment to transforming higher education through collaboration and thought leadership. They work collaboratively to break down the barriers to institutional change and leverage their influence to advance changemaking in all sectors. For more information about the Ashoka U Changemaker Campus network, visit this website.