Faculty

Our faculty includes some of the nation’s leading CSR practitioners, thinkers, and authors. Based on their years of experience, our faculty members know that the most valuable knowledge they can offer is grounded in practicality and applicability.

Faculty Bios


Timothy J. McClimon

Lead Faculty & Curriculum Design Consultant
Faculty, The Business of CSR
Faculty, Values, Ethics, Standards, and Governance

Timothy J. McClimon is President of the American Express Foundation and Senior Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility, American Express Company. In this role, he directs all of the American Express Company’s global social responsibility, philanthropy and employee engagement programs. Mr. McClimon was recognized as one of The NonProfit Times’ Top 50 nonprofit leaders in 2012, 2013 and 2016.

Prior to joining American Express, Tim was Executive Director of Second Stage Theatre where he had responsibility for fundraising, marketing, public relations, production management, financial management, and board development for one of the largest nonprofit theaters in New York City.

Tim has served as the Executive Director of the AT&T Foundation where he directed AT&T’s global philanthropy and corporate citizenship programs. He also directed AT&T CARES, the company’s volunteer program, and the AT&T Pioneers, a volunteer association of over 57,000 members.

A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Tim joined AT&T from the New York law firm of Webster & Sheffield where he was a lawyer specializing in nonprofit corporate law. Prior to that, he managed the Inter-Arts Program at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C.

In addition to his law degree, he holds a bachelor’s degree in English, Speech and Theater from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

A former David Rockefeller Fellow with the New York City Partnership, Tim serves on the boards of Independent Sector, the Mark Morris Dance Group, Americans for the Arts and Second Stage Theatre. He is also the former chairman of the Corporate Advisory Council of the American Red Cross.

Since 1990, Tim has been an adjunct professor at New York University where he teaches two graduate level courses in arts administration and nonprofit management. He also writes a bi-weekly blog on corporate social responsibility, which can be found at www.americanexpress.com/csrnow.

Catherine Foca

Faculty, Philanthropy & Social Investing

Catherine Foca is Vice President of Community Affairs and President, Capital One Foundation. Serving in a variety of roles since she joined the team in 2009, Ms. Foca currently oversees Community Affairs for Capital One, including grant making, associate and executive engagement, and its Future Edge program. In addition, she serves as President for the Capital One Foundation.

Before joining Capital One, Ms. Foca held a range of positions at the America’s Promise Alliance for Youth, including Vice President, Strategic Planning/Organizational Learning. In that role, she helped develop pilot programs and convened a team of national researchers to launch the “100 Best Communities for Children and Youth” program. Ms. Foca is also a Public Allies/ AmeriCorps Alumnus.

Ms. Foca earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelors Degree in Politics from Wake Forest University. She is current president of the John Tyler Community College Foundation. Ms. Foca enjoys competing in triathlons and resides in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and three daughters.

Mercedes


Mercedes Escala

Faculty: Investing in People

Mercedes is the Director of Corporate Citizenship for IBM. Mercedes is Peruvian and studied Business Administration at the Universidad de Lima. She also has a post graduate degree in Human Resources from the Universidad Catolica de Chile where she lived for 20 years. She joined IBM Chile in 1994 as HR Compensation and Benefits Analyst, and was appointed to numerous roles with increasing responsibility prior to moving to New York: HR Manager for IBM Chile; Business Operations Manager for IBM Chile; Compensation and Benefits Manager for SSA and Incentives Manager for LA; and LA Compensation & Benefits Manager and LA Incentives Manager. Mercedes is fluent in English, Portuguese and French as well as Spanish — her mother language. She is married and has one daughter.

Jeff Senne

Faculty: Investing in Environment

Jeff Senne is a Director on the PwC Corporate Responsibility team. In this role Senne oversee’s the firms operations and strategy function. He also has helped oversee embedding the firm’s Purpose position within PwC’s 41,000 people so it becomes a core part of the firm’s culture. Prior to joining PwC Senne was the Director of Sustainability Performance for Sodexo Inc, a Senior Advisor for the African Development Bank and the Head of Communications on Progress and Participation for the United Nations Global Compact. In these roles, Senne worked with company, university, civil society and governmental representatives in creating value by continually improving their organization’s social and environmental impact. Senne takes a continual improvement, “manage what you measure,” approach to organizational change by applying quality management methodologies to uncover value in systems and process improvements. While with the United Nations Senne delivered trainings to over 500 Global Compact participants and stakeholders from over 50 countries and developed tools and methods for measuring, evaluating and communicating on the progress companies were making sure their corporate citizenship commitments deliver strategic value. Prior to joining the United Nations, Senne spent nearly 15 years in management, where he was a “disaster recovery specialist.” His work was to take over business operations that were underperforming and to redefine their business model and create sustainable and competitive company cultures. Creating, managing and motivating teams by defining shared goals, common values, and performance indicators were his forte. Senne has spoken on Corporate Citizenship to audiences around the world, regularly leads CSR trainings and is passionate about sharing how companies drive organizational change and value creation via their CSR implementation.

Lane Jost

Faculty: Investing in the Environment

Lane is an expert in both corporate social responsibility (CSR) and corporate sustainability having held leadership roles over the last 10 years in the consulting, financial services and food service sectors.  He currently serves as part of PwC’s national Responsible Business Leadership team helping the firm and its clients leverage human capital capacity to drive social and environmental impact. In addition to the seven years he has spent at PwC and the PwC Charitable Foundation, Lane has been the Director of Philanthropy and CSR at Santander US, where he led the Bank’s $10M annual grants portfolio, successfully leading to an upgrade in the Bank’s Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) rating. He also helped develop the first sustainability and performance strategy at Sodexo USA, across the food service and facilities management firm’s North American footprint.   He has been involved in a number of projects, as an investor and as a buyer, that have involved early stage social entreprises spanning sustainability and ed/tech verticals.  He had advised start ups on client acquisition strategies and has served as an adviser to a myriad of early stage firms working at the intersection of innovation and social impact. Prior to working in the corporate world, Lane was an entrepreneur and a marketing/PR professional. He has a Master’s in International Development Economics from UC San Diego School of Global Policy & Strategy and a Bachelor’s in International Studies from Kenyon College. Lane lives in Providence, RI with his family.

Tu Rinsche

Faculty: Value, Ethics, and Trust

Tu Rinsche is passionate about leveraging social innovations that help people live better and more sustainably. She has over 15 years of experience developing and managing social impact programs and is a human rights policy expert. In her current role as Director, Social Impact and Global Responsibility at Marriott International, Tu leads global human rights issues across a portfolio of 30 unique brands. She lends her expertise and leadership to drive Marriott’s core value in promoting ethical conduct by advancing human rights within business policies and operations. She also oversees The Ritz-Carlton social and environmental responsibility program, Community Footprints. She guides a team of 125+ on-property CSR leaders globally to successfully implement their community engagement strategies in support of The Ritz-Carlton engagement in Impact 2030, a UN-endorsed initiative that promotes corporate volunteerism to support the Sustainable Development Goals.

Previously, she worked on human rights issues at The Walt Disney Company, developing and leading a multi-million dollar social innovation fund that supports human rights projects in promoting ethical sourcing, particularly within the consumer products industry. At the U.S. Department of State, she focused on policy and partnership development to address global forced and child labor, serving as the lead on child soldier and cocoa labor issues, as well as corporate social responsibility issues in Africa for the Human Rights Bureau. She served as a W.A.S.H. volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Mauritania and promoted awareness-raising campaigns focused on preventable disease and community engagement. Tu’s introduction into human rights started 20 years ago with Amnesty International as a volunteer human rights teacher in Washington, DC. She earned her Master’s in International Affairs and Security Policy from Columbia University and Bachelor’s in International Affairs and Economics from the George Washington University.

Angela Baker

Faculty: Measuring the Value of CSR

Angela Baker oversees Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™, a strategic initiative that brings wireless technology to underserved communities globally.  Wireless Reach invests in projects that foster entrepreneurship, aid in public safety, enhance the delivery of health care, enrich teaching and learning and improve environmental sustainability. To date, Wireless Reach has partnered with 650+ organizations in 100 programs in over 40 countries and has reached nearly 10 million beneficiaries.

In her role, Baker directs a global team that manages mobile broadband programs which make innovative uses of Qualcomm technology for social good and provides opportunities to empower individuals across all socioeconomic classes.  Baker has a passion for building programs to accelerate women’s ownership of mobile phones, helping to provide life-changing services such as access to health information, education and financial inclusion for women in emerging regions.

Previously, she served as an advisor to Secretary Hillary Clinton in the Office of Innovation at the United States Department of State, where she worked on foreign policy goals connected to the 21st Century Statecraft agenda through bilateral and multilateral engagement with strategic partners on technology and development issues.  Specifically, she was part of a team that designed and implemented “Techcamp” – an ongoing program that connects civil society across the globe with new and emerging technology resources to solve real world challenges and build digital capacity – in over 30 countries.

Prior to working in the Obama Administration, Baker worked for an international advocacy firm in Seattle, WA, where she helped to create nongovernmental organizations focused on helping those in need.

Baker has worked in several countries spanning five continents.  She has a Master’s Degree in International Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and sits on the board of Running Start, an organization that works to bring more young women to politics and leadership roles. She currently serves as a mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and she was recently named to the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society 2016 Rising Talents Program.

Nneka Norville

Faculty: Communicating CSR

Nneka Norville is Senior Director of Corporate Social Responsibility & Internal Communications for BET Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB) and the leading provider of quality entertainment for the African-American audience and consumers of Black culture globally. In her role, Norville oversees all facets of pro social initiatives, strategic partnerships, charitable giving and internal communication.

During her tenure, Nneka has developed and launched brand building social impact marketing campaigns in partnership with national foundations, NGOs, government agencies and corporations to address issues ranging from education and health disparities to diversity in media and civic engagement.

Norville joined BET Networks in 2008 after working at The Kaiser Family Foundation as a Program Officer in the Strategic Media Partnerships division managing high impact partnerships, both in the US and abroad, including a $20 million partnership and sponsorship portfolio.

An attorney by training, Norville started her career in strategic communications at Robinson, Lerer and Montgomery (RLM), a strategic communications firm, where she worked with clients such as Scholastic, The New Yorker, AOL and the Special Olympics before practicing media law at a boutique firm in New York City.

Affiliated with a number of professional, civic and cultural organizations, Norville serves on the board of Passion Meets Purpose, is a member of Civic Nation’s Creative Alliance and is a judge in The Real Time Academy for the annual Shorty Awards.

Recognized as a leader in communications strategy, social impact and employee engagement, Norville has received a number of awards for excellence including a 2018 CUP Catalyst Award, 2017 Shorty Social Good Award, 2017 Cynopsis Social Good Awards, The Network Journal Magazine’s 2015 “40 Under Forty Achievers” and 2015 Women in Cable Television (WICT) Rising Leader to name a few.

Nneka is a graduate of Boston University and holds an MPA from Bernard M. Baruch School of Public Affairs and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.