Umi spent fifteen years working in the social sector before joining the Wharton School to establish the Lipman Family Prize. His experience includes direct service, program management, curriculum design & delivery, board service, philanthropy, organizational consulting and executive leadership. Prior to his current role, he led the capacity building initiatives at United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania and managed one of their grant portfolios. Early in his career, Umi worked for OIC, an international NGO operating in South Africa focused on workforce development. Later, he and his wife, Sylvie, ran a sustainable travel business based in Ecuador. Leveraging the experiences from these various roles and contexts, Umi brings an intense passion for the positive social impact and leadership development embodied in the Lipman Family Prize and Lipman Fellows Program. Umi graduated from Vassar College and received his Master’s from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. He hopes this work will enhance Penn’s role as a partner to the social sector.

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