Talent for Social Impact: New Guidance and a New Class of Fellows

“What we really need is something that translates research into tools, into policies and into practices the world can actually use.” – Dr. A. Thomas McLellan

Nationwide, more people die of drug overdoses than from motor vehicle crashes. As the toll of substance use disorders rises in the United States, the Center is helping philanthropists figure out what to do about it. For the next ten months, we will be looking at what works to treat and prevent substance use and abuse, and how philanthropic capital can make a real and lasting impact in the face of this epidemic.  Joining us in this effort are our two newest social impact fellows, Blair Glencorse and Götz Bechtolsheimer. Götz and Blair will bring an interdisciplinary perspective from their experiences in the public and private sector, and will be working with us to create guidance around substance use disorders, as well as to expand our cross-sector portfolio, Philanthropy for Social Impact. For more about Götz and Blair, read their bios below—we are thrilled to welcome them to the team!

Blair Glencorse 

Blair Glencorse is a Social Impact Fellow at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, and Executive Director of the Accountability Lab -an award-winning organization that empowers citizens to build creative tools for integrity and accountability in their communities. Blair is also a Leadership Advisor to the Club de Madrid, the world’s largest forum of democratic Presidents and Prime Ministers, an Echoing Green Fellow and a Stanford Graduate School of Business Social Enterprise Scholar. Previously, Blair worked on development and governance issues at the World Bank. Blair has an MA from Johns Hopkins SAIS in International Relations and Economics.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Götz Bechtolsheimer 

Götz Bechtolsheimer is a Social Impact Fellow at the Center of High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania. He will be working on a study on Substance Use Disorders. Götz has a PhD in International History from the London School of Economics, an MA in International Relations and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, as well as an MA in Modern History (First Class Honors) from the University of Edinburgh. His research focused on Western interventions in Africa during the Cold War and classes taught at the LSE included ‘From Colonialism to Nationalism in the extra European World’. Alongside his academic background, Götz has worked in the private sector for the past ten years as a founding partner and the sole manager of a commercial real estate business across Europe.