Faculty: Nicholas D. Torres
Mr. Torres currently serves as CEO of Education Plus Academy Cyber Charter School (www.edpluscharter.org), President of Education-Plus, Inc. (www.educationplushealth.com) where he works on scaling higher education models, school-based health centers and blended learning education models for dyslexic populations, and Founder of the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal (www.philasocialinnovations.org) and Social Innovations Lab (www.socialinnovationslab.org). In addition, he serves as faculty at the University of Pennsylvania's Fel's Insitute of Government (www.fels.upenn.edu).
Mr. Torres plays a leadership role in Pennsylvania and beyond. In January of 2008, he was 1 of 10 Americans to receive the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship, which honors emerging leaders from around the world; he was also recognized by Leadership Philadelphia as one of the 101 Philadelphia Connectors. Currently, Mr. Torres serves on the boards of the Free Library of Philadelphia, Children's Scholarship Fund, After School Partnership, and GreenTree Foundation. Previously he served as the Board Chair of Pan American Academy Charter School (Founder). Advisor to Knight Foundation Philadelphia, Chair of the Southeastern Pennsylvania United Way's Professional Advisory Council, Co-Chair of the National Council of La Raza's Northeastern Affiliates, and as a Human Relations Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia.
Mr. Torres served as president of Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc., from 2000-2010, one of the nations' premier multi-service organizations. As president of Congreso, he launched a K-college continuum of educational services; launched mental health and primary care as part of its integrative approach; standardized a model of case management across child welfare, welfare to work, health, behavioral health, workforce and education services; and aligned the organization through standardized outcome measurements.
Leading Nonprofits is designed for those who have a practitioner’s interest in the development, leadership, and management of nonprofit organizations and their intersection with the private sector and government to create social change. The course brings the student through the process of starting a nonprofit and then leading an organization through key decisions and stages of development. Leading Nonprofits provides students with essential strategies and tools to conduct in-depth analysis of a non-profit’s effectiveness, financial sustainability, and policy change. The class will also address contemporary challenges related to organizational ethics, accountability, emerging legal frameworks, public policy, and politics.
This course satisfies a core requirement in the Certificate in Nonprofit Administration. It is also an approved elective in PennDesign’s Certificate in Urban Development.