Social Impact MBA

Heller MBA Careers

As a Heller student, you will work closely with the Career Development Center to define your professional goals and build strategies to achieve them. Beginning with the online Career Academy the summer before orientation, MBA students meet with career advisors, attend professional development workshops and employer events. You will be supported at every stage, from initial career visioning through resume development, networking training and practice interviews.

Upon graduation you will know how to create and implement strategies, improve operations, compare the financial implications of different programs, measure impact and know how to act as ethical, inclusive leaders among a variety of stakeholders. Our MBA students land great jobs through our alumni network, their Team Consulting Project, the Board Fellows Program, career treks, and information sessions with employers. 

To achieve their career goals, students can leverage a powerful network of 5,000 Heller alumni around the world.  They can also tap into the expertise of a diverse network of social innovators in the Boston area. 

Meet our alumni:

Adwoa Asare, MBA'19

Adwoa Asare, MBA'19

Program Manager, Turner MBA Impact Investing Network & Training (MIINT) program; Heller Board of Advisors Member

“No matter the industry—technology, affordable housing, impact investing—I’m always looking for the people trying to get into the game but who are just on the periphery,” she says. “How can I help them get into the field and launch their impact journey?”

Learn morea bout Adwoa's work.

Matthew Kriegsman, MBA'20

Matthew Kriegsman, MBA'20

Management Associate of Strategy, Operations & Financial Management, Atrium Health’s MedCenter Air

“I get to be part of a team and organization that saves people’s lives—which remains particularly important during the heightened stakes of the COVID crisis,” he says. “But rather than being on the front lines [as a pilot], I can analyze the enterprise from a bird’s-eye view through the lens of data science and operations.”

Learn more about Matthew's work.

Emilia Dunham, MBA/MPP'15 in a black suit

Emilia Dunham, MBA/MPP’15

Manager of Special Projects, MassHealth Office of Behavioral Health

From budget and contract management to meeting with sheriffs and corrections officers, Dunham’s responsibilities at MassHealth are broad and no two days are the same. Fortunately, she says, her Heller experience prepared her with the transferrable skills and resourcefulness needed to establish and grow a new program. “As an MPP/MBA dual degree student, I had to learn to be adaptable, to pick up a broad skillset that enabled me to take on this project and do whatever was needed for it.”
Maryse Pearce, MBA/MPP'18

Maryse Pearce, MBA/MPP'18

Program Manager, Stonewall Community Foundation

“I was drawn in by Heller’s social justice focus. I didn’t want to have to do a more traditional graduate program and translate that to the work I wanted to do. I wanted to be around people who cared about the same things I cared about.”

Pearce still draws on her classes, such as fundraising and development, practicing philanthropy, and financial management, as well as her fellowship experience at the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy, in her work today.

Learn more about Maryse's work.

Fran Hodgins, MBA/MPP'18

Fran Hodgins, MBA/MPP'18

Program Associate, Health Policy Commission

"I've always been interested in public policy and public sector work because of the potential to bring positive change to some of societies most pervasive challenges. However, before coming to Heller, I wasn't sure exactly what my focus would be. Through a combination of academic and real-world experiences during my time at Heller, I became more attuned to the role that government can play in addressing social determinants of health and other upstream factors that can improve population health and reduce inequities. The combined MPP/MBA program has given me the content knowledge and management skills to understand and analyze these issues."

Learn more about Fran's work.

Roger Perez, MBA/MA SID'16

Roger Perez, MBA/MA SID'16

Program Officer, Roy & Patricia Disney Family Foundation

"Heller's curriculum, faculty, staff, and students prepared me well to work directly with senior-level financial and strategic decision makers. From the Team Consulting Project to accounting classes to the focus on social justice and equity, Heller bolstered my technical capacities as well as refined the interpersonal skills needed to help mission-driven organizations achieve their outcomes. The transition to my current role was smooth, as I was able to hit the ground running and contribute immediately to team efforts."

Jackie Hodgson, MBA'15

Jackie Hodgson, MBA'15

Director of Consulting, Common Impact

"The Heller MBA program uniquely exposed me to both the for-profit and nonprofit business worlds so that I can speak both sectors' languages and understand their different operating models. This cross-sector knowledge, coupled with the real time consulting experience I gained during the Team Consulting Project, set me up for success for my current role in which I lead Common Impact's consulting team."

Nicole McCauley, MBA'16

Nicole McCauley, MBA'16

Human Capital Analyst, Deloitte

"As a consultant now, having the Team Consulting Project experience was immensely valuable. I'm very confident interacting with clients, meeting tight deadlines and working with a diverse set of colleagues to provide high quality work. Heller taught me to be bold in my thinking and ideas, giving me the confidence to push for change in the workplace as much as in my personal life."

Read more about Nicole's work. 

Kristen Whited Beals, MBA/MPP'15

Kristen Whited Beals, MBA/MPP'15

Asylum Officer, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

"Heller is a great place for people who would like to be bridges. To get the tools you need to better communicate in an area you're already passionate about. So, save all your research papers, your TCP (Team Consulting Project) paper and proposal writing projects."

Read more about Kristen's work. 

Josh Cramer-Montes, MBA/MA SID'17

Josh Cramer-Montes, MBA/MA SID'17

Founder and Principal, Hyphen Strategies Consulting

"The pressing environmental, economic and social issues of today are all interconnected and will become more so in the coming decades. Approaching them holistically will be key. Both the SID and MBA programs mix the theoretical with the practical but for me, the SID program heightened my awareness of social injustice while the MBA program gave me the hard skills needed to develop strategies to work against it. Together, these programs—along with the Heller staff and faculty—built upon my previous professional and educational experiences and positioned me well to get to where I am today."

Andrea Hayes, MBA'15

Andrea Hayes, MBA'15

Account Executive, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

"I provide oversight and manage risk for FHA insured and/or HUD assisted multifamily housing for disabled, elderly, and low-income individuals. The Heller MBA prepared me to add value in non-traditional business fields where those skills are highly coveted. It's gratifying to know that the business decisions that I make create a social impact."

Jesse Mattleman, MBA'15

Jesse Mattleman, MBA'15

Executive Director, Hope and Comfort

"My education at Heller provided a well-rounded foundation for the strategic, financial, and leadership skills required to lead in the nonprofit sector. Hope and Comfort is a relatively young organization with ambitious plans for growth - so I enjoy the opportunity to wear many hats, hustle in an entrepreneurial environment, and pull upon learnings from my diverse Heller courses. Not to mention, I got connected to this opportunity in the first place because someone in my Heller cohort made an introduction!"

Stephanie Hurley, MBA'17

Stephanie Hurley, MBA'17

Manager of District Partnerships, Transforming Education

"I facilitate the integration of social-emotional learning initiatives into schools and districts across the country. I work directly with district leaders to manage a change process in which they plan, test and implement research-based strategies."

Ricky Ochilo, MPP/MBA'15

Ricky Ochilo, MPP/MBA'15

Relationship Manager, Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency

"Sometimes policymakers don’t understand the contextual issues at the community level. That's why I wanted to focus on the role of policy analysis and research. How do you craft policy to change the situation and the negative aspects of policymaking to address the challenges in the community that you’re witnessing? I realized, to shift paradigms we were witnessing with respect to economic fragmentation, I needed to have the tools to champion all the outcomes I'd like to see and that's what led me to Heller."

Read more about Ricky's work. 

Mary Casady, MBA'15

Mary Casady, MBA'15

Project Manager, Executive Office for Administration and Finance at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

"I help bring efficiency improvements and cost savings measures to administrative policies for the 42,000 employees of the Commonwealth. In my role, I also serve on the board of MassVentures, which is a quasi-public private Venture Capitalist organization focused on the Massachusetts economy. My Heller education prepared me very well for the diverse responsibilities of this role."

Jason Lynch, MBA'15

Jason Lynch, MBA'15

Executive Director, Charity Defense Council

"Our mission is to reverse misconceptions about charity in order to drive faster social progress. As executive director, I'm responsible for strategy, fundraising, and building our member base. Without going to Heller, I'm not sure I would have had the confidence to assume an executive director role at a young age. Earning an MBA demystified the world of management, budgeting, and financial statements. It also connected me to a talented group of likeminded peers, many of whom I expect will be lifelong friends."

Afsana Jahan, MBA'17

Afsana Jahan, MBA'17

Senior Analyst, Boston Impact Initiative

"Heller introduced me to impact investing and taught me the financial skills to be successful in my current role. At Boston Impact Initiative, I identify potential social enterprises, analyze their business model and financials, and then help prepare them to present to our investment committee. Later in the process, I also negotiate deals for both financial and non-financial covenants."

Analissa Iversen, MBA/MPP'16

Analissa Iversen, MBA/MPP'16

Consultant, ORS Impact

"The most important thing I took away from Heller was the way I approach my work. As someone passionate about social change, I bring a much stronger equity lens to every aspect of my work as a result of my time at Heller. I also feel more confident, more organized, and generally more impactful in my work processes."

Sho Garland, MBA/MPP'15

Sho Garland, MBA/MPP'15

Boston Community Programs Manager, Keshet

"I manage, support, and implement all of Keshet's community building work in Boston by creating and running programs for LGBTQ Jews. I also support Keshet's education and training work by building relationships and working with Boston-area Jewish institutions. Heller's MBA program gave me financial acumen for budgeting and the knowledge to think strategically about my programming long-term."

Eliza Chard, MBA/MA SID'16

Eliza Chard, MBA/MA SID'16

Technical Services Manager, Making Cents International

"If you care about your cause, get a management degree. I'd never have guessed that I'd be pursuing an MBA, but after many years in the field I realized that I couldn't get my work done when the management of the organization wasn't functioning properly. Our work needs passionate people with tangible skills in order to make the impact we envision."