Our Team

 

Image of Fiona WilsonDr. Fiona Wilson
Executive Director

Dr. Fiona Wilson is the Executive Director of the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise, which offers innovative pedagogy, applied research, and meaningful engagement opportunities for students and faculty from across the University of New Hampshire in “social innovation” – the application of market-based and cross-sector strategies to develop sustainable, scalable solutions to societal problems. 

As a joint venture of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics and the Carsey School of Public Policy, this interdisciplinary Center contributes to the growing field of social innovation by working at the nexus of individual entrepreneurs and business models (traditionally the domain of business schools) with public policy and systemic change (traditionally the domain of policy schools) in our research, teaching, and practice.

Fiona is also a Clinical Associate Professor of Social Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability at the Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics at the University of New Hampshire. Her research and teaching focuses on innovative entrepreneurial companies with business models that are good for “people, planet and profits.”  Fiona is also a Faculty Research Fellow at UNH’s Sustainability Institute, and a Faculty Fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire.  Prior to her academic career, Fiona spent fifteen years in the business world, ultimately as VP of Marketing for CMGI (the publically traded internet investment and development company) and prior to moving to the United States in 1993, Fiona worked for a decade for Ogilvy & Mather Advertising in London, England and Barcelona, Spain. Fiona serves on the Boards of Trustees of the Wolfe’s Neck Farm Foundation, a non-profit education center in Freeport focused on sustainable agriculture and food systems, and Meridian Stories, a Maine-based non-profit which uses the power of digital media to change educational effectiveness.

 

Image of FainaFaina Bukher
Program Director | Changemaker Education

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Faina Bukher is the Program Director for Changemaker Education and provides leadership to programs such as the annual New Hampshire Social Venture Innovation Challenge, the annual summer Social Innovation Internship program, the Semester in the City program, as well as other events throughout the year. 

She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Purchase College and an M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and is currently pursuing her Master of Business Administration. As part of the Social Justice Educator’s team at UNH, Faina facilitates social justice workshops to faculty, staff and graduate students. In her previous role, Faina was the Coordinator of the Social Justice Leadership Project and the Assistant Coordinator of the Women’s Studies Program.  She has also taught a number of undergraduate courses including Introduction to Women’s Studies and Leadership for Social Change through the UNH Women’s Studies Program, and Paul Changemakers in the Paul College of Business and Economics at UNH.

 

image of cathy meyerCathy Meyer
Marketing & Promotions | Changemaker Education

Cathy is responsible for Marketing and Promotions at CSIE. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Fine Arts from William Smith College and an M.Ed. from Lesley University. Her career began in the classroom, where she taught in public schools in Massachusetts and later, Portsmouth, NH. At that time, she also consulted for Tufts University’s Center for Applied Child Development, educating colleagues on research-based reading and writing teaching practices. In 2009, Cathy’s career shifted back toward her second passion, art ; she made a career transition to graphic design and marketing and ran a freelance practice until 2019. In this role at CISE since 2017, Cathy allows her to blend her two passions.