As engagements require, The Social Impact Studio curates specialist teams from a wide range of disciplines to help deliver outstanding results for our clients. We believe success is best achieved with a diverse team and an environment and culture that respects and honors every team member's unique perspective. Together we collaborate to create a better, more equitable world.
Jessica Mason, Founder & CEO
The Social Impact Studio is led by Jessica Mason, a creative, strategic, and rigorous thinker with deep experience leading innovation ventures in the social and public sector. During her career, Jessica has developed a reputation for using human-centered design to help organizations confront audacious challenges, build world-class programs, and achieve greater impact. She is known for her ability to bring deep insight and clarity to complex projects, her powerful communication skills, and for advocating the value of creative process for social good.
Jessica’s career spans a diverse range of projects and teaching engagements focused on innovation and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Asia- Pacific Region, The Middle East, and North America. As Founder of The Social Impact Studio, Jessica has built a niche consulting firm that partners exclusively with mission-driven organizations to spur social innovation that creates more equitable, just, and prosperous communities. Prior to founding The Social Impact Studio, Jessica worked at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University where she directed a portfolio of early childhood innovation labs in Latin America and served as the technical expert on innovation methods. She is a certified facilitator and coach of human-centered design and an instructor at the LUMA Institute. She holds a B.A. Magna Cum Laude from Brown University, a postgraduate certificate in International Business Management from Georgetown University, and an Ed.M in International Education Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
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Robert Watson Jr., Impact Strategist
Rob has experience in research, teaching, mentoring, and implementing community development programs in Boston, New York, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. His work has concentrated on themes that include youth development, civic engagement, poverty eradication, economic empowerment, college and career readiness along with sports and arts education. In the past, he has served as a consultant for international institutions including the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank. He is a former senior advisor in social innovation to the National Government of Paraguay and has co-founded four nonprofits working on issues related to civic participation and social justice in Paraguay. Rob is a former Peace Corps volunteer, co-founder of Paraguay’s first ever national youth service program and Teach for Paraguay, an organization that forms part of the global Teach For All Network in 42 countries.
Robert currently also serves as a strategy and impact consultant for the
Participatory Action Research Center for Education Organizing
(PARCEO) in New York City, developing programming strategies that
strengthen the work of community groups on issues of equity and access in public education and civic participation. He holds a BA from Harvard University, a graduate degree in Poverty, Development, and Territory from the Universidad Alberto Hurtado of Chile and is currently enrolled in the Education Policy and Management Master’s Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Stacy Klingbeil, Impact Strategist
Stacy is an optimistic designer and educator who believes everyone
deserves good design. By building to learn and practicing the true meaning of iteration, she has immersed with stakeholders around the world - from rural farmers in Rwanda to breast cancer survivors in Chicago. Stacy previously led design at Design for America (DFA), where she connected college students to their local communities, scaled DFA’s core program to support a rapidly expanding and diversifying national network, and transformed the culture and inclusive design practice within the national organization.
Stacy recently completed a research project to expand accessibility in urban areas and is on the advisory board of the Chicago Center for Arts and Technology. She has taught human-centered design at the Northwestern Segal Design Institute and holds a B.S. in Engineering Management from Miami University and an M.S. in Engineering Design and Innovation from Northwestern University.
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Armida Lizárraga, Researcher
Armida is an educational researcher and practitioner with particular strength in curriculum and research design, monitoring and evaluation, grant writing, and educational program development. Her primary field of expertise is early childhood and language and literacy in educational settings. Armida worked as a teacher in international schools in Spain, Brazil, and Peru. She has also taught in the U.S. public school system.
She worked for 5 years as a Research Associate and Project Manager at Harvard University where she obtained an Ed.M. in 2008 in Language and Literacy and International Education Policy. She has worked as a consultant for USAID, Interamerican Development Bank, Innovation for Poverty Action Lab and private organizations that work in education in South Korea, Indonesia, China, Nicaragua, and Peru. She is currently the Interim Executive Director at Luminario a private organization that works to improve teaching quality in public preeschools in Lima, Peru.
James Burnett, Communications Strategist
James Burnett is a Communications Strategist and a 20-year veteran of external and internal professional communications spaces – a strategic storyteller, public and media relations director, media trainer, and institutional communications and brand development expert. James has built his brand by helping non-profits and businesses alike develop project-based and long-term communications plans to support institutional growth and the through the molding and promotion of thought leaders.
James spent 16-years as a major market journalist, working as an editor, columnist, and reporter for the Miami Herald, the Boston Globe, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and the Financial Times. His published work has appeared in nearly every major daily newspaper in the United States and Canada, as well as newspapers in the UK, South America, and the Caribbean. He has also been an on-air contributor to CNN/HLN and PRI, among other broadcast outlets. James holds a B.S. in Professional Communications from Old Dominion University.
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Ernesto Morales, Graphic Designer
Ernesto D. Morales is a creative professional and entrepreneur with ten years of experience in the design industry, but first and foremost, he is a curious and passionate person who is dedicated to expanding his knowledge base and skill set in order to better serve the people he works with and the culture at large. Beyond form and function, he believes in the power of design to put strategy into action, solve complex problems, articulate intricate ideas, and help his clients and collaborators stand out from the crowd.
Since 2008, Ernesto has run Studio Malagón, an independent design and branding office. He works closely with clients to produce brand identity systems, websites, campaigns and printed materials. Ernesto has also served as a graphic designer at a number of studios in the U.S. and Mexico. He was the co-founder of Picó Picante, an award winning monthly music series that celebrated global dance music and created an inclusive space for communities of color—in a city that didn’t provide a lot of these spaces. Ernesto received a BS in Communication from Boston University College of Communication and has studied graphic design, typography, and printmaking at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.