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Nicholas D. Torres

CEO, Social Innovations Partners; Former President, Congreso

Nicholas Torres, M.Ed, has over 20 years of experience in executive management. He has built and led one of the largest and most nationally recognized human services organizations, founded and governed two charter schools, founded a nonprofit to scale high-impact social enterprises (including school based health centers and high school/college access and completion pipelines), and founded a social sector innovative thinking management consulting organization. From 2000 – 2010 Nicholas was President of Congreso de Latinos Unidos (Congreso), where he transformed the organization from a traditional social services agency into a comprehensive children and family-oriented human services nonprofit by integrating behavioral health, education, and primary health care into the service model. Under his leadership, Congreso was one of just six national leadership investments ($5 million) from Edna McConnell Clark Foundation to demonstrate multi-service organization impact on young people aged 16-24. As a result of this investment, he created a first-of-its-kind performance management system to measure organizational effectiveness for over 50 service lines and 17,000 clients/customers that would later be used as a model for Social Solutions’ Efforts To Outcome (ETO) to scale in nonprofits nationally. He served as a member of the National Alliance for Effective Social Investments that led the nation on integrating Social Impact Indicators into nonprofit best practices. Currently, he is CEO/Principal of Social Innovations Partners, which publishes the Social Innovations Journal and manages the Social Innovations Lab ™. Nicholas is also a member of Education and Health Solutions where he invests and supports the scaling and replication of high-impact models and social enterprises. He also serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government and teaches at the Wharton School, and serves on many regional boards of directors, including foundations, governmental and quasi-governmental agencies.

Courses Taught

Leading Nonprofits Summer 2017
Course Section: 900
On-Campus Day(s): Friday, Saturday
On-Campus Time(s):

On-campus meetings for Summer 2017 will be on:

  • Fridays from 9:30am-1pm on May 19, June 23, and July 21
  • Saturdays from 9:30am-1pm on May 20, June 24, and July 22
Online Day(s): Monday
Online Time: 7:45pm-8:45pm
Course Description:

This course will provide an analysis of the nonprofit sector in relation to public and for-profit organizations focusing on building the six core organizational competencies that are essential to a successful nonprofit.

Course Section: 001
Day(s): Tuesday
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Course Location: On-Campus
Course Description:

If you believe in finding innovative ways to make a difference and solve social issues locally and globally, you will benefit from the Social Enterprise and Impact Locally and Globally Course (Social Enterprise). Social Enterprise is designed for those who have a practitioner's interest in the development, leadership, and management of the evolving nonprofit sector and their intersection with the socially conscious private sector and government. The course takes the student through the process of developing a mock social enterprise including idea exploration, testing and plan execution and provides the student with essential strategies and tools to conduct in-depth analysis of a social enterprise leading to their application to a regional social enterprise. This course fulfills an elective for the MPA and the Certificate in Nonprofit Administration.

Leading Nonprofits Fall 2016 On-Campus
Course Section: 001
Day(s): Tuesday
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Course Location: On-Campus
Course Description:

This course will provide an analysis of the nonprofit sector in relation to public and for-profit organizations focusing on building the six core organizational competencies that are essential to a successful nonprofit.

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Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829

felsinstitute@sas.upenn.edu