Leading Change. Driving Impact.

The Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation exists to inspire and prepare students, faculty and global leaders with the necessary skills to generate and innovate solution-based social change both locally and internationally. It will promote collaborative spaces for fostering innovation and provide experiential opportunities to pragmatically impact the social sector.


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Initiatives Taking Place at Georgetown University


Upcoming Events

  • My Brother's Keeper Meetup w/ Guest Deputy Secretary Jim Shelton

    Come join us for a brainstorming session on the My Brother's Keeper Initiative. In advance of the MBK Data Jam (targeting the end of July), we are bringing together a group of practitioners, experts, researchers, students, and educators to get their input on how best to design this series of convenings such that they are impactful.

    June 17th - 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., (OpenGovHub | 1110 Vermont Ave NW - Washington, DC)

  • The Summit: World Change Through Faith and Justice

    The Summit will convene select leaders from a variety of sectors, stages in their careers, and with different areas of focus will meet to discuss, strategize, and create opportunities to act on some of the most pressing issues in our nation and world. The Summit uses a participatory planning model through which every participant shapes the content and direction of the event through interviews and online feedback.

    June 18th-21st, (Georgetown University | 3700 O St NW - Washington, DC)


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About Us


Leading Change. Driving Impact.


The Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation exists to inspire and prepare students, faculty and global leaders with the necessary skills to generate and innovate solution-based social change both locally and internationally. It will promote collaborative spaces for fostering innovation and provide experiential opportunities to pragmatically impact the social sector.

Our Team

Sonal Shah

Sonal Shah

Founding Executive Director

Sonal Shah is Professor of Practice and the founding Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation. Sonal, an economist and entrepreneur, has spent her career focused on actionable innovation in the public and private sectors. Most recently, she was the Deputy Assistant to the President and founding Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation.

She spent seven years at the U.S. Department of Treasury where she was an international economist working on timely development issues, including post-conflict development in Bosnia, Asian financial crisis, and poverty reduction in Africa. She then went to Goldman Sachs and Google while simultaneously co-founded Indicorps, a nonprofit building a new generation of socially conscious global leaders. She is a senior fellow at the Case Foundation and the Center for American Progress. Sonal serves on the Board of Social Finance, Inc. and the Washington Area Women's Foundation.

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Mark Hanis

Mark Hanis


Mark joins the center after serving as a White House Fellow, working in the Office of Vice President Biden as the National Security Affairs Special Advisor for South America, Africa, and Human Rights. Mark is a serial social entrepreneur. He co-founded the Organ Alliance (now Organize) to prevent unnecessary deaths due to a shortage of transplantable organs.

Previously, Mark was the co-founder and President of United to End Genocide (formerly Genocide Intervention Network and Save Darfur Coalition), an organization created with the mission to empower citizens and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide. Mark has been awarded several fellowships for social entrepreneurship, including Ashoka, Echoing Green, Draper Richards Kaplan, and Hunt Alternatives Prime Movers, and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Hanis graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Public Policy. He is the grandchild of four Holocaust survivors and was raised in Quito, Ecuador.

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Michael Wang

Michael Wang

Michael is also the Program Manager for Innovation and New Media in the CIO’s Office and has held roles as the Special Assistant to the COO and the Project Manager to the CFO. He launched an in-house innovation incubator at the University convening faculty, students, staff, alumni, and practitioners to design the future university and tackle problems worth solving.

Prior to Georgetown, Michael worked as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital. Michael graduated magna cum laude from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University majoring in Accounting and Finance and minoring in English. Michael is currently a DC Ambassador for Sandbox, a global network of changemakers under 30. He is on the Board of Directors of Minds Matter San Francisco — an education non-profit that helps high-achieving, low-income high school students get into college.

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Amanda Delp

Amanda Delp

Amanda joins the center after working on its development in the Provost's Office. Raised in a family of engineers, Amanda has been well-trained in systems optimization, which she now applies to innovative solutions for social impact.

Amanda graduated from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University with a major in International Economics and a concentration in economic theory and policy. During her time as a Georgetown student, she chaired the steering committee for the 10th Anniversary Carroll Round, was president of Georgetown Gastronomes, and participated on the Ballroom Dance Team.

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New Social Impact and Innovation Center Funded with $10 Million Gift

The Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation, developed and made possible through a $10 million gift from philanthropist Alberto Beeck and his wife, Georgetown alumna Olga María (SFS’81), will provide training and a state-of-the-art laboratory to test new ideas and methods from students hoping to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Georgetown University; February 11, 2014

Universities Can Help Solve World's Problems Through Social Innovation

Social innovation leverages the creativity, expertise and resources of business, civil society, academia and government to produce results and move the needle on serious social challenges.

Huffington Post; February 11, 2014

Georgetown Gets $10M Gift for Social Innovation

Georgetown University has received a $10 million gift for a new center aimed at fostering innovation among students who want to build skills and organizations to solve society’s problems.

Washington Post; February 10, 2014

Students Learn to "Fail Fast" at h.Innovation Storytelling Summit

"Fail Fast" is what participants learned during a two-day summit on storytelling, innovation and change sponsored by the Georgetown h.innovation Series.

Georgetown University; November 19, 2013

Social Impact Bonds: Social Finance - A Primer

Understanding Innovation Funds, Impact Bonds, and Impact Investing.

Center for American Progress; November 5, 2013

16 Women Who Deserve a Spot on the Board of Directors of a Tech Company

Washington Post; October 16, 2013

What's Preventing Impact Investing from Moving to the Next Level?

The strategy of investing for both financial and social returns is getting more popular, but even experts have trouble agreeing on a definition. One thing is clear: Investors need to be comfortable with risk.

Fast Company; August 21, 2013

White House Budget Drives Pay for Success and Social Impact Bonds Forward

Pay for Success mechanisms, such as Social Impact Bonds, leverage private and philanthropic resources to finance social interventions upfront in exchange for a modest return on investment if the program is successful.

Real Clear Politics; April 24, 2013

Time for a Smarter Conversation

A discussion is needed to foster ideas, innovation, and make bold changes to address some the toughest challenges that our generation is facing.

Huffington Post; February 12, 2013

Former Chief Economist for USAID Joins Georgetown Faculty

SFS announces that Chief Economist at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Steve Radelet is joining the faculty of the newly established Master's Program in Global Human Development as Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Development.

Georgetown University; November 27, 2012

Georgetown’s StartupHoyas Incubator Feeds Rising Student Interest in Entrepreneurship

Georgetown University has led an entrepreneurship initiative to help student entrepreneurs. Last year, 6 student companies shared a desk at Affinity Lab, a local coworking space/incubator. But now, Georgetown has launched an official StartupHoyas Incubator to kickstart 15 fledgling companies.

Tech Cocktail; June 21, 2012

Global Social Enterprise Initiative Established at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business

Bank of America Charitable Foundation Awards $1 Million to New Initiative That Prepares Global Leaders to Create Economic and Social Value.

Business Wire; April 19, 2011

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