Nate Bronstein

Master in Social Policy/Public Administration candidate

SP2 Penn Top 10 topic – “What Do You Do? Ideas about Transforming ‘Work’ in the United States”

Nate is a former teacher from North Philadelphia; he earned his Masters in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently earning his second and third masters in Social Policy and Public Administration respectively. Nate has spent the last year working as both the Co-Founder of two DC-based startups working to solve inefficiencies in how people connect and organize, and as an Education Consultant working to analyze statewide education programs in Delaware. He is a Philadelphia native and has a long history of youth civic engagement having become a Truman Finalist, the campaign manager of a political campaign and the student body president of American University in 2011.

TC Burnett

Master in Social Work candidate

SP2 Penn Top 10 topic – “Ending Homelessness Now”

TC Burnett is an Associate Director for Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP) at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work covers a wide range of topics related to integrated data systems, as well as the administration and management of AISP activities. TC joined the AISP team in 2009 as an Administrative Coordinator. Prior to this, she worked in government relations and then spent a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA at a Philadelphia social services agency. While a VISTA, TC oversaw a West Philadelphia Earned Income Tax Credit site, and wrote a guide for teen girls about to age out of the Philadelphia foster care system. TC’s primary responsibilities at AISP include working with existing and developing IDS sites, developing and maintaining business operations, and grant development and management. She earned her B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in U.S. Social Policy from Bryn Mawr College and is currently enrolled in the MSW program at The University of Pennsylvania.

Jennifer Ginsberg

Master in Nonprofit Leadership candidate

SP2 Penn Top 10 topic – “The Reality of Urban ‘Food Deserts’ and What Low-Income Food Shoppers Need”

Jennifer Ginsberg graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work from The Catholic University of America in 2011. She has since worked with NGOs in Quito Ecuador and in the Takeo Province of Cambodia. She also ran a nonprofit case management and community support program in Washington DC. At present, she is a full-time student in Penn’s Nonprofit Leadership program and a practicum associate at the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians.

Courtney Knight

Master in Social Policy candidate

SP2 Penn Top 10 topic – “Mass Incarceration: What’s at Stake and What to Do”

Courtney earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Saint Joseph’s University in 2011, having completed a thesis on Violence in Music and Juvenile Violent Crime. She spent two years working with homeless and foster youth in Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the Bucks County Direct Service Coalition and worked with the state Budget Coalition. In preparation for her legal studies, she became a paralegal at a personal injury firm in 2013, where she continues as a law clerk today. Courtney is concurrently pursuing a Juris Doctor at Rutgers University School of Law and a Master of Science in Social Policy at The University of Pennsylvania, where her research concentrates on Juvenile Justice Reform.

Joshua Lin

Master in Social Policy candidate

SP2 Penn Top 10 topic – “Legally Mandated Outpatient Mental Health Treatment: Not the Answer to Preventing Violent Tragedies”

Before arriving at the University of Pennsylvania, Joshua Lin was a college access counselor at a traditional public school in Harlem, New York. He received his Bachelors in French and Francophone Studies with a specialization in African studies from Columbia University. He is also a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (Amsterdam, Class of 2013), an opportunity that allowed him to research the Dutch national curriculum on the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Joshua is currently an intern at Research for Action, a Philadelphia-based educational policy research organization, where he is assisting a project that is evaluating the impact of outcomes-based funding in higher education.

Ashleigh Martell Brunsink

Master in Social Work candidate

SP2 Penn Top 10 topic – “Implementing What We Know is Effective: The Push to Increase Access to and Use of Evidence-Based Interventions Among Public Youth-Serving Institutions of Care”

Ashleigh Martell Brunsink is a second year MSW candidate at the School of Social Policy and Practice. A macro student and a member of the Child Well-Being and Child Welfare (CW2) specialization, she is interested in using research to shape child welfare policy. Her specific research interests include the adult functioning of former foster youth and evidence-based interventions for youth aging out of care. This fall, she assisted Professor Johanna Greeson and doctoral candidate Allison Thompson with a systematic review of natural mentoring among older youth in foster care, which was recently accepted by the Children and Youth Services Review. At Penn, her field placements have included the Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic at Penn Law and the Children’s Home of York, a child-centered social service agency serving York, PA. She currently serves on student government as the Vice Chair for Finance and as a volunteer “PennPal” for prospective students. Ashleigh came to Penn following three years at Pepperdine University School of Law, first as an Advancement Assistant and then coordinating the Tour Program for the Office of Admissions. Ashleigh graduated, cum laude, from Johnson University’s School of Business and Public Leadership with a B.S. in Nonprofit Management and Bible in May of 2011. While at Johnson, she worked full-time as a houseparent at a local group home for adolescents and spent a gap year volunteering with a faith-based organization called Mission Year, where she interned with an after-school program and a housing agency for emancipated foster youth. A former foster youth herself, Ashleigh has experience in public speaking at recruiting and fundraising events and has been interviewed for two publications.

Maxwell Wagenknecht

Master in Social Work candidate

SP2 Penn Top 10 topic – “Beyond Poverty? Developing Better Measures of Social Deprivation and Wellbeing”

Maxwell Wagenknecht is an Advanced-Standing MSW candidate at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. He is pursuing a macro concentration and is interested in child welfare policy and research. Max hails from Napa, California, and graduated from San Diego State University in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Social Work degree and a minor in Counseling and Social Change. Max’s BSW field placement was at San Diego State’s Consensus Organizing Center, where he worked on programs to empower low-income adults and former foster youth (18 to 24 years old) transitioning into adulthood to achieve their dreams and strengthen their communities. Max is currently interning at the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research where his current focus is working on research to improve the post-secondary outcomes for former foster youth, evaluating the Center’s programs, and providing social service referrals and short-term brief interventions for users of the Philadelphia Family Court through the Project PENN Program. Max currently serves as a graduate social work volunteer for the UCC health clinic through the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a group facilitator for the Center for Grieving Children in Philadelphia. In his free time, Max enjoys watching football, working out, and riding his bike.

Samantha Waxman

Master in Social Policy candidate

SP2 Penn Top 10 topic – “Child Welfare and Poverty: The American Paradox”

Sam started off her career in workforce development, helping to train low-income people for living wage careers. After a move into nonprofit operations, she discovered her passion for public policy and came to Philadelphia and Penn to pursue her interest. As a social policy student, she studies labor policy and economic development. In her free time, Sam bakes bread, reads too many books, and does community organizing around issues relating to income inequality and taxation.

Abigail Wilson

Master in Social Work candidate

SP2 Penn Top 10 topic – “Youth Aging Out of Foster Care”

Abigail Wilson is an Advanced Standing MSW candidate at the School of Social Policy and Practice. She is a macro student and is a member of the Child Well-being and Child Welfare specialization. She is interested in child welfare policy change, specifically around issues of child abuse and neglect, poverty, and the foster care system. Her current field placement is at the Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic at Penn Law. Before coming to Penn, Abigail graduated from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in December of 2014. While at Lock Haven University, Abigail interned at the Children’s Resource Center in Harrisburg, PA. After graduating she worked as Therapeutic Staff Support for Youth Advocate Program in Harrisburg, PA, providing direct interventions for children diagnosed on the Autism spectrum. Abigail hopes to continue to work within the child welfare field.

Devon Ziminski

Master in Social Policy candidate

SP2 Penn Top 10 topic – “Beyond the Good Guy v. Bad Guy World View: Improving the Gun Policy Debate”

Devon Ziminski is from Hillsborough, NJ, and attended The College of New Jersey. Her policy areas of interest include education, gun violence, and consumer behavior/business practices. Devon has been published in the Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research and most recently presented her research on distracted driving at the 2015 Marketing and Public Policy Conference. She is excited to begin work on the Penn Top Ten Fellows project!

Kalen Flynn (Senior Fellow)

PhD in Social Welfare candidate

Kalen Flynn is a third-year student in SP2’s PhD program in Social Welfare. Her research examines the impact of violence on the lives of adolescents and their communities. She is currently working on a project examining school violence within the Philadelphia context. Prior to entering the PhD program, Kalen worked as a researcher at the American Institutes for Research, in the Human and Social Development Program. In this role, she served as Deputy Director for the Juvenile Justice Technical Assistance Center and worked with federal, state and local juvenile justice leaders. Kalen received her Master of Science in Social Policy and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from St. Joseph’s University.

Meagan Corrado (Senior Fellow)

Doctorate in Clinical Social Work candidate

Meagan Corrado is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides clinical therapy to inner city youth in the Philadelphia and Camden, NJ areas. She is expected to earn her Doctorate of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. She earned her Master’s of Social Services from Bryn Mawr College in 2009 and her Bachelor’s of Social Work from Cairn University in 2008. She specializes in work with children and adolescents who have experienced complex trauma. She created the Storiez Trauma Narrative intervention, a 9-step treatment to assist trauma-exposed inner city youth in creating, voicing, and honoring their life experiences. She completed trainings in Childhood Sexual Abuse Treatment, Trauma-Focused CBT, CBT, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and Narrative Exposure Therapy. Her experience includes clinical work in a variety of settings, including community mental health agencies, residential treatment facilities, schools, and homes. She takes a creative approach to her interventions with children, adolescents and families, incorporating elements of art, music, poetry and play therapy in her clinical practice.