All supervisors have practical or academic experience in the field of social impact, and experience working with students. Many of the projects also have an adviser who is an expert in the specific field – some of these advisors are listed below or on our consultants page.
Jessica is the Founder and Director of the Social Impact Hub. She credits her experience at Harvard as the inspiration for the Social Impact Hub. Harvard Law School (HLS) has the largest clinical programs offering of any law school in the United States. At HLS, Jessica worked on the launch of a new business and human rights non-profit organisation, MSI Integrity. She studied social entrepreneurship at HLS and philanthropy, social enterprise and impact investing at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Jessica has researched and written about clinical legal education, and served as a member of the Clinical Programs Student Advisory Committee at HLS. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer at UNSW Law School.
Jessica is also the Impact Strategist for Blue River Group, an independent impact investment services firm. She opened the Sydney office of Impact Investment Group and then served as a member of the Investment Committee. Previously, Jessica was a Solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney. She has also worked at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and the Australian Human Rights Commission. She has served as a Director of a number of not-for-profit organisations. She holds a B.A. and LL.B. (with First Class Honours) from UNSW and a LL.M. from HLS, and was the recipient of the R.G. Menzies Scholarship to Harvard.
As the Collaboration Manager at the Social Impact Hub, Mia believes in the power of social business and social investment to tackle society’s big issues. As a social entrepreneur, teacher, lawyer, and non-profit manager, Mia’s focus is always on how to inspire the change-maker within, through storytelling, connecting, and collaborating.
As co-founder of social enterprise Little Green Tribe, she is bringing the joys and benefits of nature connection to urban children, and operating in a space far removed from her background in legal practice at Minter Ellison. Her more recent experiences in management at The Australian Charities Fund, and KidsXpress, and her studies at the Centre for Social Impact, have honed her skills at partnership and collaboration building in projects to create, build, and demonstrate social impact.
As the Marketing and Communications Manager, Allison is charged with amplifying the Social Impact Hub’s services, initiatives and impact. Allison’s eclectic background includes working as a lawyer, program manager and entrepreneur, which coalesce into a broad set of skills and experiences that enable her to take a strategic approach to all of the Hub’s marketing efforts.
After graduating from New York University School of Law, Allison worked as a litigator at the international law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP where she found herself to be most passionate about her pro bono practice. So upon moving to Australia, Allison shifted her career to concentrate on the social sector. She has since managed a network for corporate social responsibility professionals and worked as a program and marketing manager at a national nonprofit that focuses on emotional and mental health of perinatal women.
Sarah is the Hub’s Client Experience Manger, and is responsible for ensuring the best possible outcomes for all of our clients and external stakeholders. This includes oversight of the education program, our Professional Impact Network and project delivery.
Sarah has spent the last 15 years working in the not-for-profit sector, most recently as Head of Marketing and Campaigns for an international aid agency. Prior to this Sarah was the National Coordinator of the Make Poverty History Campaign in Australia, and then moved to the campaign’s global secretariat in Johannesburg where she was responsible for mobilisation and outreach for the Global Call to Action against Poverty. She also spent some time at the OECD in Paris, working on their Global Project for Measuring the Progress of Societies.
Sarah holds a Masters with Distinction in International Development from RMIT, a BA Communications from CSU, and is currently completing an MBA in Social Impact at UNSW’s AGSM and the Centre for Social Impact. She is passionate about achieving change through impact investing, creating shared value and social innovation.
As the Program Coordinator, Jessica supports the delivery of the Social Impact Hub’s education program and initiatives including managing the Impact Investing Hub which provides a platform to educate, inspire and connect players in the Australian impact investing ecosystem.
While studying at the University of New South Wales School of Law, Jessica founded Hand Me a Coffee which aims to bridge the gap between the Deaf and Hearing communities through unique café experiences where customers can order their coffee in Australian Sign Language. This experience led her to work in international development with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade before relocating back to Sydney to work at the Social Impact Hub. Her more recent experiences in management in AIESEC and B. Inspiring have honed her skills at operations, marketing and program management.
Jessica is particularly passionate about impact investing education and the power of finance to solve the world’s biggest problems.
The Social Impact Hub is grateful to the many project advisers who assist the students and improve the quality of the projects. For more information please visit our consultants page.