Careers in Nonprofits


There are more than 1 million nonprofit organizations in the United States -- and they come in all shapes and sizes, demanding different skillsets of employees. What are some of the most important things to emphasize about your graduate experience to find work in nonprofits? What are nonprofits looking for when hiring graduate student and postdoctoral candidates? This panel discussion is intended to provide participants with a sense about the breadth of nonprofit organization types and how graduate training and skills are relevant in these settings.


Ianna Kachoris, Senior Program Officer, MacArthur Foundation (MPP 2002)

Ianna oversees the MacArthur Foundation’s multi-year, $25 million How Housing Matters to Families and Communities research initiative. She joined the Foundation in 2010 after directing Pew’s Economic Mobility Project including all programmatic aspects of the project, overseeing research publications and guiding the development of a policy agenda with bipartisan consensus. Prior to her time at Pew, Ianna served as Senior Policy Advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy on issues ranging from housing and community development to telecommunications, research and development, international trade and economic policy, and was his liaison to the Joint Economic Committee. She also managed the Fannie Mae Foundation’s Midwest office, and worked on cross-jurisdictional housing issues for the Metropolitan Planning Council in Chicago. Ianna began her career as an analyst with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Evaluation and Inspections conducting program evaluations of federal programs including TANF, Head Start, Medicaid, and Medicare. LinkedIn

Anna Piepmeyer, Manager, Program Investments, The Chicago Public Education Fund (MA Humanities 2007)

At The Fund, Anna manages a team and suite of investments designed to identify, support and scale opportunities to develop and retain excellent leaders in Chicago's public schools. Prior to her role at The Fund, Anna spent six years as Director of Education at literacy nonprofit Open Books, where she helped build the organization’s program suite and managed a team that brought innovative literacy programs to thousands of high-need students across the city. Anna supports her neighborhood school, Nettelhorst, as a Local School Council member. A native resident of Utah, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from The University of Utah and a Master’s Degree in the Humanities from The University of Chicago. LinkedIn

Thomas Day, Partner, Invent2026 (MPP 2012)


Tom is an Army veteran, serving a tour in Iraq in 2003-2004. After returning home from Iraq, Tom authored a book, “Along the Tigris: The 101st Airborne Division in Operation Iraqi Freedom,” documenting the division’s combat tour. He was also a bureau correspondent in Afghanistan in 2009 and 2010, and also helped build The Bunker, an incubator for veteran-owned businesses. Tom holds degrees from Penn State University, the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and the Harris School of Pubic Policy at the University of Chicago. LinkedIn


Ann Dvoretsky, Director, Web Application Development, American Medical Association (MA Humanities 2008)


Ann is an accomplished technology director with over 15 years of hands on experience and team leadership. She currently leads a web technology team that executes and delivers American Medical Association's brand vision to its constituency. She also spearheads technology and process improvement initiatives for the IT organization, such as a living styleguide, a standardized technology stack for web development, as well as agile and DevOps methodologies. In her previous roles managing web development teams at GE Capital, Sears Holdings and AON Hewitt, Ann has specialized in creating and growing highly skilled, nimble teams who drove innovation across the organizations. LinkedIn


Jennifer Mosley, Assistant Professor, UChicago SSA (PhD UCLA Social Welfare)

Jennifer Mosley is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Service Administration. Her fields of special interest include the political involvement of nonprofit organizations, strategy and impact of nonprofit advocacy and lobbying, government-nonprofit relations, human service organizations, civic engagement in underrepresented communities, and social justice philanthropy. Her research focuses on the role of nonprofit organizations as political actors, specifically the role nonprofits and other voluntary associations play in advocating for improved human services and underrepresented populations. At SSA, she teaches courses on policy formulation and implementation, advocacy & social change, and organizational theory. Faculty Page