Kelly Theofanis, (formerly Kelly Heintz) MBA '10
After Kelly worked at a social enterprise, a consulting firm catering to nonprofit organizations, and experienced the impact of her work beyond her office and the people she worked for, "There was not another kind of work that would be as satisfying.."
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Kelly had her first taste of the nonprofit sector working at an art gallery during her undergraduate years at Yale College. After receiving her B.A. in English, she worked as a consultant for NPO solutions. NPO Solutions specializes in strategic planning and development, and Kelly worked on financial and business analysis. As a consultant, Kelly observed the need for business skills and training in leadership roles in the nonprofit sector, and returned to USC Marshall to pursue an MBA.
Kelly found the Marshall School of Business to be welcoming, engaging, and enthusiastic about the work she was doing. Although she was involved with Net Impact, at the time it did not have a social enterprise team, so she sought out Adlai Wertman, Founding Director of the SBL, and Abby Fifer Mandell, Director of Education during the formative year of the Society and Business Lab. Through the Lab and its activities, Kelly was able to connect with like-minded individuals at Marshall.
During the summer of 2009, Kelly interned with Education Pioneers, a national program that places graduate students in education reform. She worked at Green Dot Public Schools to create a "management dashboard" to measure the performance of the organization in achieving its strategic goals.
Graduating May 2010, EdTec was the "sweet spot between finding a role for myself that combined passion for education and my business training." EdTec specializes in business and development for charter public schools, and as a Client Manager, Kelly interfaces with charter school clients to support them in reaching their financial goals, accountability standards, and mission.
Kelly is very happy to have found this role in Los Angeles and have the opportunity to work with schools throughout California with EdTec. Several years down the line, she is looking to have a leadership role in a charter school operator or education agency, but before that, she is enjoying learning the business side of public education and life in her hometown.