Social Sector Franchise Initiative Director
William (Bill) Maddocks is the director of the Sustainable Microfinance and Development Program (SMDP) at the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy. Bill has organized training workshops for development finance professionals in seven African countries and the United States and has been a leader in the international Savings Groups field. In 2011, Bill was the lead organizer for the Arusha Savings Groups Summit, the first global gathering of the savings groups movement. As a faculty member of Carsey’s Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice program, he teaches a course on leadership and organizational management.
For seven years, Bill was the director of the Microenterprise and Development Institute at the School of Community Economic Development at Southern New Hampshire University and operated a training program in Africa and the United States. He has also served as the executive director and cofounder of the Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern Massachusetts, the affiliate coordinator for Working Capital peer micro lending program, and the director of development and energy conservation for People Acting in Community Endeavors in New Bedford, Massachusetts. As a trainer and facilitator, his diverse clients include municipalities, community colleges, national and state level microenterprise, and community development finance organizations. Bill holds a master’s degree in community economic development from New Hampshire College and a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Massachusetts University.
In addition, for more than thirty years, Bill has worked with labor, human rights, anti-racism organizations and campaigns, including organizing workers in the electronics and gold mining industries, the United Farm Workers boycott, and in the areas of the environment, safe energy, and drug addiction and treatment.
Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise Executive Director
Fiona Wilson, D.B.A., is an Clinical Associate Professor of Social Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, and Co-Director of the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise at the Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics. Her research focuses on how the power of business can be harnessed to help address some of the world’s most pressing social and environmental issues. She focuses on innovative entrepreneurial companies with business models that are good for people, the planet and profits.
Dr. Wilson plays an interdisciplinary connecting and catalyzing role across the UNH campus: she currently serves as a Faculty Research Fellow at UNH’s Sustainability Research Collaboratory, and as Faculty Fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy (formerly the Carsey Institute) at the University of New Hampshire. She is a member of the advisory board for the Carsey Institute’s Center on Social Innovation and Finance, and serves as Faculty Advisor to UNH’s student Net Impact organization.
In 2013, Dr. Wilson was the lead creator for the 1st annual New Hampshire Social Business Innovation Challenge, an initiative of Paul College and UNH, engaging students and the business community in a competition to help find market-based solutions to global environmental and social challenges. Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus was the event’s keynote speaker. Dr. Wilson continues to serve as the Faculty Director of The Social Venture Innovation Challenge, now university-wide event, held each December and co-sponsored by Paul College, The Carsey School of Public Policy, UNH’s Sustainability Institute and NH EPSCoR.
As a former business leader, Dr. Wilson places a strong emphasis on continuing her engagement with the business community. In 2012, she took on the faculty leadership for an annual Program in Corporate Sustainability Leadership, a 3-day program for business executives, organized in partnership between the Paul College, UNH’s Sustainability Institute and New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility. She has recently been engaged with the business community to advance Benefit Corporation legislation in New Hampshire. Learn more...
Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics Dean
Dr. Deborah Merrill-Sands is the Dean of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. Prior to joining Paul College, Dean Merrill-Sands served as the dean of Mills College’s Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business from 2010-2015 where she also held the Glenn and Ellen Voyles Chair in Business Education.
Dean Merrill-Sands’ tenure at the School of Management of Simmons College (1996-2010) includes the leadership positions of dean, acting dean, and associate dean. While at Simmons College, she also co-founded and co-directed the Center for Gender in Organizations and served as program director of the Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change.
Dean Merrill-Sands is the author of numerous journal articles, monographs and book chapters. Her research focuses on diversity and gender dynamics in the workplace, women and leadership, organizational effectiveness and leading change. Most recently, she has explored business ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainability. Learn more...
Carsey School of Public Policy Director
Michael Ettlinger is the director of the Carsey School of Public Policy. Michael joined Carsey in July 2014 and is responsible for overseeing the growth of the existing research and outreach program and developing new academic programs. He also is an Affiliate Professor of Law at the University of New Hampshire's School of Law and a Faculty Fellow at the Law School’s Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership, and Public Policy.
Prior to joining Carsey, Michael was at several Washington, DC, think-tanks working on both federal and state economic and fiscal policy. He most recently was the Senior Director for the Fiscal and Economic Policy Portfolio at the Pew Charitable Trusts. Prior to that, he was the Vice President for Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress and held positions with the Economic Policy Institute and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor from American University.