Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise Executive Director
Fiona Wilson, D.B.A., is a Clinical Associate Professor of Social Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, and Executive Director of the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise. 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 at the University of New Hampshire. She also 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, 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.
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...
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 Associate Director
Faina Bukher is the Associate Director for the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise (CSIE) and provides pivotal support 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. Prior to her role as Program Manager, she was the Coordinator of the Social Justice Leadership Project and Assistant Coordinator of the Women’s Studies Program. As part of the Social Justice Educator’s team at UNH, Faina facilitates social justice workshops to faculty, staff and graduate students. She has also taught a number of undergraduate courses through the UNH Women’s Studies Program, including Introduction to Women’s Studies and Leadership for Social Change.
Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise Marketing and Promotions Assistant
Cathy Meyer is CSIE’s Marketing and P romotions Assistant and provides strategy and support for events, marketing, and communications. 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 art background as she transitioned to graphic design and marketing to start a freelance practice. Working with both for-profits and non-profits, she found new passion for businesses with a mission while working with a client, Camber Outdoors, whose mission is to “achieve equality for all women in the outdoors, from backcountry to boardroom”. Her role at CSIE allows her to blend her two professional worlds to further her passion for Social Innovation.
CSIE Master in Public Policy Fellows
Ilona Drew is a student in the Masters of Public Policy program at UNH, focusing on Strategy and Communication. She completed her undergraduate degree at the Paul College with a B.S. in Business Management. Ilona competed in the Social Innovation Challenge in Fall 2014, winning a Judge's Special Prize in the Community Track. Currently, her work with CSIE is focused on the Social Sector Franchising Initiative, helping to compile Living Case Studies of social enterprises employing the franchising methodology to scale their operations in Africa. After graduation, Ilona plans to put her knowledge to work at the nexus of business and public policy to help social ventures improve their efficiency and effectiveness.
CSIE Student Fellows
Becca Barton '18
Becca is a senior Communication and Women's Studies major with a Political Science minor. Her time spent at UNH doing research interning for the Prevention Innovations Research Center and participating in political organization for social justice causes around the UNH campus and beyond. She was a member of the President's Commission on the Status of Women, Greek life, and has participated in a handful of work study opportunities: from fundraising with the UNH Phonathon to kitchen staff at the Wildcatessen. While in at Semester in the City in Boston, she interned with a nonprofit focusing on legal advocacy for Veterans in need of various forms legal assistance, VLS (Veterans Legal Services). This internship site provided her with the type of hands-on community outreach that is central to building interpersonal legal skills in various types of law practice, as well as helped inform effective public policy making. Becca enjoyed the opportunity to live in one of her favorite cities and bring an intersectional perspective to her work with VLS, and eventually, Law school!"
Rachel Vaz '18
Rachel Vaz is a Brazilian-American senior, majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business and Economics with a minor in Spanish and Latin American Studies. She is passionate about social innovation especially in the area of social justice.
Rachel has worked as a Student Fellow for CSIE since the summer of 2017 and been involved in several CSIE programs. She focused her enthusiasm for fighting injustice through her Social Innovation Internship with the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund (NHCLF)/ROC NH. NHCLF/ROC NH works to create stable homes and resilient communities by equalizing access to opportunities and resources. This academic year, Rachel is also a part of the Social Sector Franchise Research Fellowship, conducting research and working with Livelihood Basix, Inc. (LBI). Livelihood Basix provides solutions for smallholder farmers, women, and youth living in sub-Saharan Africa by addressing issues of agriculture development, financial inclusion, and vocational skills.
Rachel has worked for three years with The Freedom Café of Durham, a local non-profit with the mission of creating a world free of human trafficking. Through that organization, she helped coordinate community events to raise awareness of human trafficking, including the United Nations' GIFT Box project hosted both in Durham and Portsmouth, NH.
Emma Chinman, ’19
Emma Chinman, originally from just south of Boston, is a junior Social Work and Women’s Studies double major. She has spent her past three summers working as conference services supervisor on Star Island, a conference center off the coast of Portsmouth, NH. In the spring of 2017, Emma participated in the Semester in the City program in Boston, where she worked for the Petey Greene Program. She was responsible for coordinating tutors to go into prisons to educate incarcerated students. She now works for CSIE as a Student Fellow and is the Associate Chaplain at the Waysmeet Center. She started, and previously served, as the president of Oxfam at UNH, a student organization focused on educating the campus on the injustices of hunger, homelessness, and poverty. She is also in Student Senate and is a member of the Socratic Society.
Kalyna De Angelo ’19
Kalyna De Angelo is a junior Communication major with a minor in Hospitality Management from New Jersey. As a Student Fellow for CSIE, she focuses on Social Media Promotion. She is very passionate about helping others and making a positive impact. When she is not working at CSIE, she enjoys volunteering for Footprints in The Sand and Relay for Life.
Megan Champagne, ’21
Megan is a first-year student majoring in Marketing with a minor in Spanish from Jaffrey, New Hampshire. She is passionate about working with and understanding the needs of others. As a Student Fellow for CSIE, she educates UNH students about Internship programs and other opportunities available to them through the Center. When she is not working at CSIE, she spends her time on campus practicing with the Tae Kwon Do Club and is an active member in her Hall Council.
Erin Gralton, ’21
Erin Gralton is a first-year Business Administration student, double optioning in Accounting and Finance. On campus, Erin is involved in the community service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, Best Buddies, and Seacoast Reads. After she was introduced to Social Innovation, she decided to combine her passion for business and community service and began working for CSIE. She plans to use this as a stepping stone for her future endeavors within Social Innovation.
Ely Marciano, ’21
Ely Marciano is a first-year Business Administration student originally from Amherst, New Hampshire. On campus he spends his time promoting student opportunities as a Student Fellow for CSIE, organizing and keeping track of funds for events as the Treasurer of his Residential Hall Council, serving as an Ignitor for the Paul FIRE program, and shredding the slopes with friends in the Ski and Board Club. Off campus Ely spends a lot of time in Germany with his family. He has led international groups of young adults through multiple volunteer camps and spends his free time exploring new places and meeting new people.
Johanna Rewucki, ’21
Johanna Rewucki is a first-year Business Administration student with a minor in Leadership from Dover, NH. Along with working as a Student Fellow for CSIE, she also serves as an Igniter for the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, where she works to strengthen and improve the First-Year Innovation and Research Experience for students. For the past 2 summers Johanna has volunteered as a Program Facilitator for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference, where she focuses on creating an environment that fosters experiential learning and leadership development. Johanna also performs weekly as a member of Improv Anonymous, UNH’s one and only Improv Comedy Troupe.