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September 2016

Michelle Stecker, assoc. dir. Miller Center

Michelle Stecker, assoc. dir. Miller Center

Miller Center Appoints Correnti and Stecker to Key Posts

Correnti is Impact Investing Director; Stecker is Education Associate Director

New hires at Miller Center will advance efforts to get more capital to social entrepreneurs, and develop new courses for students in social entrepreneurship.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 29, 2016 —Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University (SCU) today announced the appointments of Mark Correnti as director of impact investing, and Michelle Stecker as associate director of education and action research at Miller Center.

As impact investing director, Correnti plans to identify and execute on practical improvements to moving financial capital to social entrepreneurs, utilizing Miller Center’s over 570 alumni, as well as assist in scaling impact investing and philanthropy via thought leadership. This much-needed effort seeks to breakdown the major barrier of social entrepreneurs being able to scale their impact.

Mark Correnti, director of impact investing

Before joining Miller Center, Correnti held leadership positions in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, combining his passion for serving the poor and the planet with his financial acumen. He has more than 20 years of experience in the investment management industry, including 10 years at Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management (acquired by Allianz) serving in the Management Committee and as Lead Portfolio Manager.

Correnti holds a juris doctorate from Loyola Law School and bachelor’s degrees in biology and psychology from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

As Miller Center’s new associate director of education and action research, Stecker will develop new courses and curricula in social innovation and entrepreneurship. Stecker created the world’s first Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)-accredited major in social entrepreneurship and is a founding coach for Ashoka U Commons, a program to foster social enterprise education on university campuses. She spent five years as a visiting assistant professor of Business & Social Entrepreneurship at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. prior to her appointment at Miller Center.

Stecker holds a Ph.D. in American history, and a juris doctorate from the University of Toledo and is a member of the Ohio bar. She earned her master’s of divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary and studied at Princeton Theological Seminary; she is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA. For her entire professional life, Stecker has worked with changemaker students who have the passion to solve the world’s most pressing problems.

About Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship
Founded in 1997, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship is one of three Centers of Distinction at Santa Clara University in California. Miller Center accelerates global, innovation-based entrepreneurship in service to humanity. Its strategic focus is on poverty eradication through its three areas of work: The Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI), Impact Capital, and Education and Action Research. To learn more about Miller Center or any of its social entrepreneurship programs, visit

About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 9,000 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business and engineering; master’s degrees in business, education, counseling psychology, pastoral ministry and theology; and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.’s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see

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