Nicholas D. Torres

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CEO, Social Innovations Partners; Former President, Congreso

Nicholas Torres, MEd, has more than 20 years of experience in executive management. He has built and led one of the largest and most nationally recognized human services organizations, founded and governed two charter schools, founded a nonprofit to scale high-impact social enterprises (including school-based health centers and high school/college access and completion pipelines), and founded a social sector innovative thinking management consulting organization. From 2000–2010 Nicholas was President of Congreso de Latinos Unidos (Congreso), where he transformed the organization from a traditional social services agency into a comprehensive children and family-oriented human services nonprofit by integrating behavioral health, education, and primary health care into the service model. Under his leadership, Congreso was one of just six national leadership investments ($5 million) from Edna McConnell Clark Foundation to demonstrate multi-service organization impact on young people aged 16-24. As a result of this investment, he created a first-of-its-kind performance management system to measure organizational effectiveness for over 50 service lines and 17,000 clients/customers that would later be used as a model for Social Solutions’ Efforts To Outcome (ETO) to scale in nonprofits nationally. He served as a member of the National Alliance for Effective Social Investments that led the nation on integrating Social Impact Indicators into nonprofit best practices. Currently, he is CEO/Principal of Social Innovations Partners, which publishes the Social Innovations Journal and manages the Social Innovations Lab ™. Nicholas is also a member of Education and Health Solutions where he invests and supports the scaling and replication of high-impact models and social enterprises. He also serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government and teaches at the Wharton School, and serves on many regional boards of directors, including foundations, governmental and quasi-governmental agencies.

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