University of Southern California

Lab Staff


Adlia WertmanAdlai Wertman is a Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship at the Marshall School of Business at the USC. He is also the founding Director of the Society and Business Lab at Marshall - named the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab in 2014 - a center focused on using business education and resources to address global social, environmental and health challenges.

Prior to joining the faculty at Marshall, Adlai spent seven years as President and CEO of Chrysalis - the only non-profit in Los Angeles devoted solely to helping homeless change their lives through employment. As part of its award-winning program, Chrysalis ran one of the larger social enterprises in the country - Chrysalis Enterprises - with annual revenues over $4.5 million and employing nearly 1,000 clients each year. Prior to Chrysalis, Adlai spent 18 years as an investment banker in New York and Los Angeles.

Adlai is an Advisory Board Member of the Global Health Institute and the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF), a Senior Fellow at the USC Dornsife Center for Religion and Civic Culture, and a Trustee of the Jewish Community Foundation. He has also served as a Commissioner of the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension Fund. Adlai is a frequent speaker on the issues of social entrepreneurship, social enterprise, fundraising and non-profit management.

Adlai was a Senior Fellow at the UCLA School of Public Affairs and a Wexner Heritage Fellow. Adlai earned his BA in Economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his MBA in Finance, Public Policy Management and Strategic Planning from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Nominated by students and peers, Adlai was a recipient of the 2012 USC Mellon Mentoring Award for the faculty mentoring undergraduate students category. [Brittinghamlab@marshall.usc.edu]



Abbey Fifer MandellAbby Fifer Mandell is the Executive Director of the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab (BSEL) at USC's Marshall School of Business. Abby oversees all BSEL staff, academic offerings, co-curricular programs, events, and initiatives. She designs curriculum for affiliated courses and teaches BAEP 499: Social Innovation Design Lab, an undergraduate course in which interdisciplinary teams of students use design thinking to create product solutions to poverty in California's Central Valley.

Prior to joining the Lab staff, Abby served as the Director of Admissions of the graduate school of education at American Jewish University in Los Angeles. As a private consultant for Brailsford & Dunlavey, she designed educational programs and facilities at Duke University, The University of Vermont, Dartmouth University, and UC Riverside, among others. Abby has taught students in every grade from kindergarten to graduate school and her research has been published in ACUI's The Bulletin, University Business, and NACAS's College Service.

Abby was instrumental in creating LimmudLA, a grassroots, communal learning experience in Southern California. She holds a master's degree in educational administration and received her B.A. from the University of Virginia, where she was student body president. She serves on the board of Question Box, a hardware and helpline program solution that connects people in remote villages around the world. [fifer@marshall.usc.edu]



Jessica Levine Jessica Levine is the MSSE Program Director and the Student Programs Advisor at the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab. She oversees admissions, academic advising, and student services for the Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship. She also manages BSEL undergraduate and MBA student events, including the Scholars Mentoring Program, the Fellows Program, and the Lunch and Learn series. She assists with BAEP 491: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship and BAEP 591: Social Entrepreneurship.

Before joining the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab, Jessica worked with a caseload of 500 undergraduate students in the Marshall Undergraduate Academic Advising Office. She advised and mentored students one-on-one and created co-curricular programming to enhance student learning outcomes aligned with the Advising Office’s student-centered mission. Additionally, Jessica developed a new year-long initiative to support incoming transfer students.

Prior to working at USC, Jessica was a lab manager at the California Institute of Technology where she did behavioral and fMRI research in cognitive neuroscience. Her research areas included social cognition, emotion, and Autism.

Jessica has a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Duke University and a Master of Education in higher education from USC. [jessicbl@marshall.usc.edu]