Social Innovation Summit: Education & Inequality

Moderated by Dr. Christine Beckman, this virtual event examined how the processes and models of social innovation can improve equity for historically marginalized populations, with a particular focus on education. A number of social innovation processes and models have been established to improve educational outcomes in the United States. Most famously, charter schools emerged as a social innovation in the 1990s. Additional efforts, such as collective impact, have been used to foster greater collaboration within educational networks, and empower parents and other community actors working to advance educational equity for their children.


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Dr. Gary Painter, Director, USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation, Homelessness Policy Research Institute

Gary Painter is a Professor in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He also serves as the Director of the Sol Price Center for Social Innovation and the Homelessness Policy Research Institute. He recently published a co-authored book entitled, “Payment by Results and Social Impact Bonds: Outcome-based Payment Systems in the UK and US.” He has published numerous articles in top journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Urban Economics, Urban Studies, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Real Estate Economics, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, and Regional Science and Urban Economics.

Professor Painter is a leading figure in the field of social innovation. In addition to his recent book, he works extensively with a variety of social innovation organizations and collective impact networks to address some of the grand challenges that society faces. His current research focuses on how to activate the social innovation process. Professor Painter also has extensive expertise in housing, urban economics, and education policy, which shapes his research on how the social innovation process can identify new models of social change within these complex policy areas.

He has served as a consultant for the National Association of Realtors, Pacific Economics Group, Andrew Davidson Co., Fannie Mae, Grant Thornton LLP, Burr Consulting, and the Research Institute for Housing America.

Dr. Christine Beckman, Associate Director & Price Family Chair in Social Innovation; Professor of Public Policy, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

Christine Beckman is an Associate Director at the Price Center, Price Family Chair in Social Innovation, and Professor at the USC Price School of Public Policy. She is the current Editor at Administrative Science Quarterly and Past Division Chair of the Organization and Management Theory division of the Academy of Management. She previously served on the faculty at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, and the Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine. At Maryland, she was the Academic Director for the Center for Social Value Creation, diversity officer, and facilitated a peer network for junior faculty women. At UC Irvine, she was a Chancellor’s Fellow from 2008-2011 and Faculty Director of the Don Beall Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She was the 2006 Western Academy of Management Ascendent Scholar.

Professor Beckman has published over 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals. She is known for her research on organizational learning, interorganizational networks, inequality, innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly on how collaborative relationships and diverse experiences facilitate organizational change. Her research sites are varied and include urban charter schools, F500 companies, Silicon Valley start-ups, law firms, the U.S. Navy, and German football teams. She has a new book, co-authored with Melissa Mazmanian, called Dreams of the Overworked: Living, Working and Parenting in the Digital Age, which is an ethnographic account of working parents efforts to be Ideal Workers, Perfect Parents and Ultimate Bodies. The book highlights how technology intensifies these myths of perfection, celebrates the people who actually do the work of scaffolding the dreams of those around them, and reveals the hidden sources of gender inequality in everyday life. She is a native Californian and received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University.

Marlon Marshall, MPM, Partner, City Fund

Marlon Marshall is a Partner with City Fund. Most recently, he was a founding partner at 270 Strategies. He served as Special Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Director in the Obama White House Office of Public Engagement, Deputy National Field Director for President Obama’s re-election campaign, and States Director for Hillary for America. Marlon hails from St. Louis, Missouri and is a graduate of the University of Kansas. He is a die-hard fan of the Jayhawks and the St. Louis Cardinals, and now lives in Denver with his wife Stacy and their two daughters.





Frances Messano, MBA, President, New Schools Venture Fund

Frances Messano is President at NewSchools Venture Fund. In this role, she leads the organization’s strategy and oversees its $45M annual grantmaking budget across four investment areas: Innovative Schools, Learning Solutions, Diverse Leaders and Racial Equity. Throughout her seven-year tenure at NewSchools, Frances has had a broad set of responsibilities, including creating the Diverse Leaders investment strategy and leading the Innovative Schools team. Previously, Frances served as a Vice President at Teach for America, where she led the development of the organization’s long-term, national strategy. Before that, Frances was an Associate Partner at Monitor Institute, the social impact practice within Monitor Deloitte’s strategy consulting arm, where she helped education organizations scale their impact through strategy development, organizational design, leadership development, and program design. Frances has an MBA from Harvard Business School and AB from Harvard College. She serves on the board of Unidos US, Stand for Children, Pahara Institute, and Latinos for Education. She is also on the Tipping Point leadership council and a Pahara-Aspen education fellow. Frances is a first-generation college graduate and an alum of Prep for Prep, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, and Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, non-profit organizations that she credits with helping her gain access to educational opportunity. Frances lives in San Francisco with her partner, Maurice, and their three children. She also sings with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and will always say yes to a karaoke night out.

Julie Mikuta, Co-President, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies

Julie Mikuta is Co-President of Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies and leads our K12 Education portfolio. In this capacity, she oversees our strategy and investments in increasing the number of low-income students, especially students of color, who graduate from high school ready for college and the workplace. Julie joined the organization in 2013 to build our Education portfolio and team.

Prior to joining Schusterman, Julie was a Managing Director at NewSchools Venture Fund, focused on teacher preparation. Previously, she led trainings for school board and superintendent-teams of large urban districts at the Center for Reform of School Systems. Julie also served as an elected member of the D.C. Board of Education from 2001 until 2004. During her time on the School Board, Julie was Vice President of Alumni Affairs for Teach For America. Julie began her career in education teaching high school science in New Orleans through Teach For America.

Julie graduated from Georgetown University, where she was captain of the women’s basketball team, and did a doctorate at Oxford University, as a Rhodes Scholar. Julie is on the boards of Stand for Children and New Meridian, as well as the Yu Ming Charter School.



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