Faculty & Staff


Faculty Co-Directors

Walter W. Powell

Professor of Education; affiliated Professor of Sociology, Organizational Behavior, Management Science and Engineering, and Communication. Professor Powell works in the areas of organization theory and economic sociology. www.woodypowell.com

Rob Reich

Associate Professor of Political Science, and, by courtesy, of Philosophy and the School of Education. Also Faculty Director of the Program on Ethics in Society.

Professor Reich's research has focused on the ethics and policy related to the philanthropy. politicalscience.stanford.edu/faculty/rob-reich

Paul Brest

Professor of Law, Emeritus; former Dean. Initially a leading scholar and teacher of constitutional law and co-author of the casebook Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking, Professor Brest now focuses on judgment and decision-making and philanthropy. http://www.law.stanford.edu/profile/paul-brest


Kim Meredith

As the inaugural Executive Director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS), Kim Meredith has been responsible for strong financial performance and organizational growth including scaling the Stanford PACS budget eight times in five years. Ms. Meredith joined in July 2009, and then one year later led the team to acquire the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), and in March 2012 opened the Stanford PACS office in Beijing at the Stanford Center at Peking University.


Karen Lindblom

As Associate Director–External Relations at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS), Karen Lindblom manages the development of education programs focused on new philanthropists; frames and develops programs and content for panels, seminar series, and high-profile events; and develops resources and programs to steward and grow Stanford PACS supporters.



Sam Spiewak

Sam Spiewak is the Program Manager of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. Sam has over ten years of experience developing public program. At Stanford, he manages the design and implementation of multi-year research efforts on digital civil society, nonprofit evaluation, and social sector innovation. He is a member of the Stanford Advisory Committee on Social Entrepreneurship. Sam holds an M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.


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