Co-director, Stanford PACS
Primary Investigator, EPL
Paul Brest is Former Dean and Professor Emeritus (active), at Stanford Law School, a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a faculty co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, and co-director of the Stanford Law and Policy Lab. He was president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation from 2000-2012.
He is co-author of Money Well Spent: A Strategic Guide to Smart Philanthropy (2008),Problem Solving, Decision Making, and Professional Judgment (2010),and articles on constitutional law, philanthropy, and impact investing. His current courses include Problem Solving for Public Policy and Social Change, Measuring and Improving Social Impact, and Advanced Topics in Philanthropy and Impact Investing. He also is the instructor in an online course, Essentials of Nonprofit Strategy, offered by Philanthropy University.
Professor Brest is a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and holds honorary degrees from Northwestern University School of Law and Swarthmore College. Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1969, he clerked for Judge Bailey Aldrich of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and Justice John M. Harlan of the U.S. Supreme Court, and did civil rights litigation with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund in Mississippi.
Nadia Roumani is the Director of the Effective Philanthropy Lab, and a Lecturer at the d.school. Nadia was the Walter and Esther Hewlett Design Fellow at PACS, and a 2012-13 d.school Fellow and subsequently taught two d.school courses last year, including Give Big, which tackled a complex real-life issue using methods of human centered design, systems thinking, and strategic philanthropy.
Nadia applied design thinking methods to her own portfolio when she was a Program Officer with the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, and she has led workshops on design thinking with several foundations across the country, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Florida Philanthropy Network, Jewish Funders Network, Nexus Youth Summit, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Council on Foundations’ annual Family Foundations and Community Foundations conferences, among others.
Details can be found at www.designthinkingphilanthropy.com.
Woubzena T. Jifar
Program Manager, EPL
Woubzena Jifar is the Program Manager for the Effective Philanthropy Lab. Woubzena graduated from Stanford University in 2010 and began her journey in philanthropy as a John Gardner Fellow at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. She spent the summer in the Donor Experience department working on an event that brought together donors interested in donating to East Africa with non-profits that are based in the Bay Area but work in Africa. This event has now evolved into the Donor Circle for Africa at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
Woubzena completed her Masters at the University of California, Los Angeles in African Studies. Her thesis focused on the effects of new housing developments in Addis Ababa on self-help associations. Her graduate work has added to her curiosity in philanthropy.
She has worked both in the nonprofit space and philanthropy between the Bay Area and Southern California for the past five years.
Why I joined EPL:
Every avenue of philanthropy I have seen thus far has had a formula for giving that I was then trained in. I am excited about EPL because I see the potential to create new formulas that have not been created yet based on donors’ intentions and needs.
Masters Student, Education
Roxana’s focus is on leveraging effective philanthropy to support organizations reaching underserved youth. At Google, she managed a $2m annual portfolio of 35+ nonprofits spread across 20 countries. Roxana was responsible for vetting, funding, advising and scaling the impact of high potential nonprofits teaching girls and low opportunitied students the magic of computer science.
After Google, Roxana served as Interim CEO at Full Circle Fund where she focused on leveraging seed funding and a membership of 200+ Bay Area members to advise nonprofits at their inflection point of growth and sustainable impact.
As a Graduate Student at Stanford, Roxana is conducting ethnography on Oakland’s Office of African American Male Achievement to understand how school districts access funding, develop student outreach programs, and measure impact. She currently advises high net worth donors in the Bay Area on their philanthropic giving, while helping lead research at Stanford on designing philanthropic investor experiences. Roxana is on the Board at Full Circle Fund and recently joined the Board of The Ever Forward Club – an organization focused on empowering young black and latino boys in Oakland.
Why I joined EPL:
I am passionate about helping donors be informed and excited about where their investments are made in the social sector. I hope my work in the Effective Philanthropy Lab will improve the flow of capital to successful outcome-oriented organizations, specifically those that address racial and gender based inequality around the world.
Undergraduate in Computer Science
Arushi is a senior at Stanford University studying Computer Science, focussed on intersection of technology and social welfare. Her main role at EPL is designing, prototyping and testing all the different experiments.
In addition to philanthropy, Arushi hoped to learn more about civic and government technology in the coming years. She is interested in creating opportunities for participatory democracy, analytics that lead to effective governments, and networked governance.
Arushi’s past experiences include two internships at Microsoft where she built an internal search visualization tool to study people and project connections, and several analytics tools for the Spam Analytics team at Outlook.com. She took a leave of absence from Stanford in 2014-15 to travel and work in developmental technology. She experienced volunteered as an engineer at a crisis-mapping platform in Kenya called Ushahidi, researched Indian Healthcare policies, studied the Healthcare Open Data Initiatives in the United States and taught middle-schoolers how to code in The Palestinian Territories. She also interned with the Indian Stanford Angels and Entrepreneurs Club. Arushi is originally from India, and appreciates documentaries for the true art form it is and hopes to make her own non-fiction film one day.
Why I joined EPL:
I took Laura Arriaga Andreessen’s class Strategic Philanthropy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and since then I have been intrigued about applying technological trends of Silicon Valley to the Philanthropic Sector. Specifically, I am eager to bring effective philanthropic practices to millennials with ease using technology and wish to help create communities to endorse collective giving. EPL is a great place for me to learn more about the nuances of what Effective Philanthropy means!
Research Associate, EPL
Julie Aleman’s passion is to connect individuals and their families with opportunities to be generous and creatively explore their journey alongside them. She is a development and philanthropy professional who spends her time developing a bold giving strategy for a family and providing fundraising consulting services for several Bay Area nonprofits. Julie’s former experience includes philanthropy portfolio strategy, capital campaign management, major gifts fundraising, and annual campaign management. She graduated from Duke University and lives in Palo Alto with her husband Nathan attending the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Why I joined EPL:
I did not enter the philanthropy space as a novice, yet had increasing difficulty finding the people and resources I needed to inform how to give effectively over the past two years. Breakthroughs came when experts took time to listen to my experience and value my voice, and by joining the EPL I can in turn do that for others and put listening into action.