Social Innovation

About

The Social Innovation team at FAS strives to produce, advance, and support cutting-edge policy in issue areas that fall within the domain of social policy (such as education, housing, workforce development, and the justice system). 

American society is grappling with rising inequalities and injustices. Too many people struggle to access affordable housing, childcare support, good jobs, safe schools and communities, and other building blocks of a strong social safety net. Economic inequality is significantly higher in the United States than in comparably wealthy countries, and our average life expectancy is 3-5 years lower than our peer nations. The Social Innovation team seeks to encourage a fair government and society that helps everyone prosper while ensuring that nobody is left behind. 

Social Innovation is also home to the FAS Day One Talent Hub. The Day One Talent Hub’s mission is to encourage and support the exchange of diverse scientific and technical policy experts with federal agencies undertaking ambitious S&T priorities. The Talent Hub provides onramps for external scientific and technical talent to participate in tours of service to augment existing agency expertise, while ultimately aiming to build the capacity of federal partners to utilize and leverage the full suite of flexible hiring authorities at their disposal.

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Leadership

Sara Schapiro

Senior Fellow and Director, Social Innovation

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What We're Building

FAS Day One Talent Hub. Encouraging and supporting the exchange of diverse scientific and technical policy experts with federal agencies undertaking ambitious S&T priorities.

Alliance for Learning Innovation Working Group and Coalition. Advocating for federal investments in research-based innovations in education that advance student equity, empower practitioners, improve talent pathways, and expand the opportunity needed in a globally competitive world.

Team

Karinna Gerhardt

Project Associate

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Timothy Michalak

Manager, Community & Fellowships

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Charis Miller

Associate, Community & Fellowships

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Faith Savaiano

Associate Director, Social Innovation

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