Our Team

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Marina Kim Co-Founder and Executive Director

Marina’s work in social entrepreneurship dates back over a decade. She started at Stanford University, leading the Future Social Innovators’ Network, the Social Entrepreneurs’ Challenge, and co-founding the university’s first minor in social innovation. Since then, Marina co-founded and leads Ashoka U, working with campuses to embed social innovation as an educational focus and core value of the university culture. Marina’s work has been featured on Social Edge, change.org, in the Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times. Marina was named in the Forbes 30 under 30 for Social Entrepreneurship, recognizing her work with Ashoka U.

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Erin Krampetz Co-Founder

As Community Director, Erin fosters the strategic development and growth of the Ashoka U community of practice with the goal of supporting colleges and universities everywhere to become hubs of social innovation. Before coming to Ashoka in 2008 to help launch Ashoka U, Erin served as Program Director for Escuela Nueva International, a partner of Ashoka Fellow Vicky Colbert, coordinating collaborative partnerships for the global expansion of Escuela Nueva. Prior to Escuela Nueva, Erin evaluated program effectiveness for MobileMetrix, a community-based data collection company in Brazil, and as an Eben Tisdale Fellow, contributed to Hewlett Packard’s Global Citizenship Program. During her undergraduate and graduate studies, Erin participated as a contributing author and researcher for the Stanford Study of Writing, a five-year longitudinal study of college writers. Erin holds a BA in International Relations and an MA in International Educational Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University.

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Beeta Ansari COO

Beeta is Ashoka U’s COO. In this role, Beeta leads Ashoka U’s strategic planning, staffing, budgeting and organizational design. In addition to her responsibilities as COO, Beeta also serves as Director of the Ashoka U Exchange, a global convening for social entrepreneurship education and Director of the Ashoka U Commons, an online learning platform that supports university leaders to advance social innovation offerings on their campus. Beeta has been with the Ashoka U team since 2009. Previously, Beeta worked as a Procurement Manager at a high-growth tech startup and tutored students at KIPP Academy in Houston. Beeta graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BS in Economics.

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Ramsés Gómez Molina Director, Ashoka U México and Central America

Ramsés is the director of Ashoka U in Ashoka’s Mexico and Central America office. Before coming to Ashoka in 2013, he co-founded and established the first Impact Hub, a global collaborative network of social entrepreneurs, in Mexico. Prior to Impact Hub, Ramses also founded and directed TerraCycle México for two years. He also had experience coordinating the Business Incubator at the Monterrey Institute of Technology. Ramses holds a BA in International Business and a MA in Innovation for Enterprise Development from the Monterrey Institute of Technology.

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Emily Lamb Exchange Associate Director

Emily is Associate Director of the Exchange. The Exchange is Ashoka U’s annual global convening of university faculty, staff, students, and social entrepreneurs. It provides a platform for visionary leaders to further develop a network and toolset to transform higher education into a hub for social innovation and social change. As Associate Director, Emily guides the annual planning cycle and execution of the Exchange with the goal of providing a meaningful, ongoing community of collaborators and thought partners. In 2014, Emily began as an intern at Ashoka U and worked to support various leadership development initiatives within the Ashoka U network. Prior to joining Ashoka U, Emily supported the growth of The Future Project, an Ashoka Fellow organization aiming to reinvigorate high schools into learning labs for 21st century leaders. As an undergraduate student at the University of Kansas, she directed the campus volunteer and service center, the Center for Community Outreach. She graduated in 2012 with honors and a degree in American Studies.

Ali Fraenkel Commons Manager

As the Commons Manager Ali serves to plan, implement, integrate, and grow the Commons as Ashoka U’s newest program. She believes deeply in the creation of unique learning journeys, especially as they connect to the transformational role that institutions can play as leaders in the field of social innovation and in multi-level community building. Ali is thrilled to apply her experience in edtech, higher ed consulting, and strategic philanthropy to both Ashoka U and the Commons. Prior to joining Ashoka U, Ali was based in Boston working with the Learning by Giving Foundation to accelerate student grantmaking opportunities in higher ed institutions nationwide and to launch the first-ever MOOC for effective charitable giving. In her hometown of Rhinebeck, NY Ali co-founded the Ascienzo Family Foundation and remains very connected to the area in supporting the foundation’s operations, community partnerships, and annual grantmaking cycle. She is energized by social change in all forms and especially gravitates to education-based innovation, having also worked for social enterprises like DonorsChoose.org and Room to Read. Ali is a graduate of Ashoka U Changemaker Campus, Northeastern University, with a dual-degree in Human Services & International Affairs and concentrations in Social Entrepreneurship and Strategic Philanthropy. Living in service to others is Ali’s lifelong commitment — she currently serves on the advisory board of youth-powered Positive Tracks, is a founding Director of the Ascienzo Family Foundation, and is always eager to collaborate in ways that support the work and missions of fellow changemakers.

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Sarah-Marie Hopf Campus Partnerships Manager

As Partnerships Manager at Ashoka U, Sarah-Marie guides campus partners through the transformative Changemaker Campus selection process and helps them hone their strategies for advancing social innovation across the university. She also supports Ashoka U’s global scaling strategy. Sarah-Marie helped to launch and currently advises Designing for Social Innovation and Leadership (DSIL), a field-based executive education course in Southeast Asia in partnership with the UN-Mandated University for Peace, Centre for Executive Education. Previously, Sarah-Marie worked as a project strategist fellow with 17 Triggers, a mix between a marketing agency, design studio, and development consultancy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Prior to her time in Southeast Asia, Sarah-Marie designed and led a new storytelling initiative at Ashoka Changemakers in Washington, DC and worked with Ashoka Germany and Ashoka Globalizer in Berlin, Germany. At Dartmouth College, she researched the cross-cultural translation of human-centered design for her anthropology thesis involving fieldwork with four non-profits and social enterprises in the US, Myanmar, Nepal, and Cambodia. Sarah-Marie also co-founded two ventures to empower the Dartmouth community to address social and environmental problems on-campus and with the local community. Raised and educated between Germany, France, and the US, Sarah-Marie graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth with a BA in Anthropology modified with Economics and Development Studies.

Hattie Duplechain Knowledge Curator

As Knowledge Curator, Hattie leads research and impact measurement efforts for the Ashoka U team. Hattie focuses on information collection and curation to document the effects of social innovation and changemaking education, and to inform knowledge product development. Before joining Ashoka U Hattie worked as a primary and secondary level teacher, initially as a 2010-2011 U.S. Fulbright grantee to Nepal and later as a founding teacher at a new charter school in Nashville, Tennessee. Hattie began her work at the intersection between social innovation and higher education as a Vittana Fellow, supporting the microfinance organization’s work to provide access to funding for higher education internationally. Hattie holds dual B.A. degrees in English and Communication Studies from Clemson University and a M.Ed. in International Education Policy and Management from Vanderbilt University.

Ryan Maloney Network Manager

As Network Manager at Ashoka U, Ryan is committed to supporting and developing the Ashoka U network of Changemaker Campuses by fostering conversations between campuses and Ashoka, advancing network projects, and sharing knowledge among the Change Teams. Ryan started at Ashoka as a part of the Talent Growth Initiative where he supported I-LEAD and their commitment to advancing education in Philadelphia and Reading, PA. The transition to Ashoka U was a natural fit as a graduate of a Changemaker Campus, Arizona State University. Before graduating, Ryan co-founded TableTop, a nonprofit to support charitable organizations fund raise more easily. On campus, Ryan also worked as the Change Agent Supervisor at Changemaker Central and a Research Analyst at the Greater Phoenix Economic Council where his interest in higher education began.

Nimesh Ghimire Renewal Manager

Nimesh joined the Ashoka U team in early 2016 as Renewal Manager, responsible for designing, iterating and implementing the process of institutional re-commitment to social innovation education for Ashoka U’s Changemaker Campuses. He was deeply involved in experimenting with – and learning from – grassroots engagement and innovation models during his undergraduate years, having co-led the design and implementation of two Innovation Labs in rural Nepal – a collaboration and resource space for community members to come together to design their own solutions to pressing local challenges. A member of the British Council’s Global Changemakers network, he also worked as part of World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Next Generation, providing youth voice and perspective to issues pertinent to the next generation. In 2009, Nimesh was selected as one of Asia-Pacific’s 100 most promising young social entrepreneurs by FYSE, a Hong-kong based foundation.

Nimesh graduated with a degree in Economics from Swarthmore College, where he was a Periclean Scholar.