Innovation Officers Give Charities a Chance to Explore

Innovation Leaders Give Charities a Chance to Explore 1

Derek Lieu, for The Chronicle

J.B. Schramm hired Michelle Tafel as College Summit’s chief innovation officer to tackle creative new projects and take that burden from busy staff members.

Creating a curriculum to help low-income students plan what they’re going to do after high school—and ideally pursue higher education—was a major milestone for College Summit, a nonprofit in Washington. But the monthslong effort was exhausting for the nonprofit’s program staff members, who toiled long hours on top of their regular responsibilities.

Now as it embarks on a new project, the charity is taking a different approach. It’s testing ways to