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Dr. Marisol Morales

Executive Director 

Dr. Morales is the Executive Director of the Carnegie Elective Classifications, providing conceptual leadership and operational oversight to the elective classifications’ work. This includes the collaborative development of and responsibility for all initiatives, oversight, and facilitation of relevant national and international advisory committees, conceptualizing and implementing extensive data archives as well as developing and enacting a shared vision regarding access to and use of the knowledge produced by the Carnegie Elective Classifications to beneficially guide research, policy, and practice.

Prior to this role, she was the Vice President for Network Leadership at Campus Compact, from 2018-2022. Morales was the founding Director of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement at the University of La Verne from 2013-2018 and the Associate Director of the Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning and Community Service Studies at DePaul University from 2005-2013.  In 2020, she was appointed as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Community-Engaged Scholarship at the University of Central Florida and also serves as an adjunct faculty in the ENLACE Higher Education Master’s program at Northeastern Illinois University. Morales sits on the editorial board of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, on the editorial advisory board of Liberal Education, a publication of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and on the board of the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE). 

Dr. Morales holds a BA in Latin American/Latino Studies and a MS/MS in International Public Service Management both from DePaul University. She earned her Ed.D in Organizational Leadership at the University of La Verne in 2020. Her dissertation focused on the community engagement experiences of Latinx students at a Hispanic Serving Institution.

Lauren Bartshe-Hanlen

Associate Director

Lauren is the Associate Director of the  Carnegie Elective Classifications, supporting the operational management of the elective classifications and building new connections through collaboration with national and international partners.

Lauren has completed a BA in German from Hendrix College, MA in German Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and an MS in Experiential Education at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her professional background includes experiential education and international study program management, national fellowship advising, and enrollment management. She received multiple study grants to Germany, Poland, and the Netherlands, including a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Germany in 2010-11.

Dr. John Saltmarsh

Consulting Scholar for Community Engagement & Fellow, Carnegie Foundation

Dr. Saltmarsh is Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Leadership in Education in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He has published widely on community-engaged teaching, learning and research, and organizational change in higher education, including, the co-edited book with Mathew Johnson, “The Elective Carnegie Community Engagement Classification: Constructing a Successful Application for First-Time and Re-Classification Applicants” (2017); the co-edited book “Publicly Engaged Scholars: Next-Generation Engagement and the Future of Higher Education” (2016) the edited volume with Matthew Hartley; “‘To Serve a Larger Purpose:’ Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education” (2011); and with Edward Zlotkowski, “Higher Education and Democracy: Essays on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement” (2011). 

He is the co-author of the “Democratic Engagement White Paper” (NERCHE, 2009) and “Full Participation: Building the Architecture for Diversity and Public Engagement in Higher Education” (Columbia University Law School: Center for Institutional and Social Change, 2011). He was a Distinguished Engaged Scholar at the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University between 2017-2020, where he led the project in which the Swearer Center served as the administrative partner with the Carnegie Foundation for elective Community Engagement Classification. He is also a Visiting Scholar with College Unbound in Providence, Rhode Island. From 2005-2016, he served as the Director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE). From 1998-2005, he was the director of the national program on Integrating Service with Academic Study at Campus Compact.

Dr. Carla Ortega Santori

Strategic Initiatives Manager, Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University & Manager, Carnegie Elective Classification in Leadership for Public Purpose 

Dr. Ortega Santori is the Strategic Initiatives Manager at the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University, where she manages the Carnegie Elective Classification in Leadership for Public Purpose. Prior to this role, she developed learning and development strategies at a leading healthcare company in Puerto Rico. She has also worked as an Executive Recruiter and volunteered as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Ortega Santori holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Carlos Albizu University and a B.A. in Psychology from Villanova University. Her doctoral dissertation studied the psychometric properties of the Passion for Work scale in a Puerto Rican population.


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