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Leadership Team

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Margaret McKenna

Acting Director and Visiting Professor

Margaret McKenna is an educator and lawyer who has spent her career advocating for social justice.  McKenna began her career as a civil rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice.  Later in her career, she served as the Deputy Counsel in the White House and as Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Education, and led the education transition team for President Clinton. McKenna’s experience in higher education includes serving as Vice President of Radcliffe College and as President of Lesley University for twenty-two years. She also served as a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University.  During her tenure at Lesley, the college grew from 2,000 to over 10,000 students, from a college to a university, and from a small regional college to a nationally recognized leader in teacher education. While leading the Walmart Foundation from 2007 - 2011, she created a strategy that emphasized hunger relief, education, and the economic empowerment of women. During her term, the Foundation provided more than $900 million in grants annually.  McKenna is an author, speaker, and expert on issues of educational access, women’s economic empowerment, hunger, and social change leadership. She has served on five corporate boards and dozens of non-profit boards and is the recipient of ten Honorary Degrees.  She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Board and sits on the Commonwealth's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Sheryl Seller
Sheryl Seller '11, M.A. '13

Program Administrator

Sheryl Seller holds an M.A. in Global Studies with a concentration in Immigration Patterns and Policy; and a B.A. in Global Studies and Hispanic Studies, from Brandeis University. She has a strong background in marketing and communications. Sheryl has also worked as an adult ESOL instructor and holds a TEFL certificate. She has been recognized for her commitment to volunteerism.


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Andrew B. Hahn, PhD '78

Former Director and Senior Fellow

Andrew B. Hahn is a professor with the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. In 2007 he was appointed to direct the new Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy.

A leading expert on youth development for international donors, multi-national corporations and American foundations, Hahn directs the Center which enriches the Heller School's educational offerings with research and teaching about contemporary philanthropy and stimulates the growth of effective philanthropy among foundations and philanthropists. Hahn teaches courses on social policy and program evaluation, youth policy, community building and others.   more

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