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Engaged Cornell Hub
3rd Floor, Kennedy Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

Basil Safi, Executive Director

Basil is responsible for coordinating strategies to achieve community engagement goals in support of Engaged Cornell. In this role, he oversees administrative, staffing, and business processes and tracks key performance indicators. Read more about Basil.

Contact Basil:, (607) 254-5456

Anna Sims Bartel, Associate Director, Community-Engaged Curricula and Practice

Anna designs and leads programs supporting faculty development in community-engaged pedagogy and research, including grant applicants and faculty fellows. She runs workshops, institutes, and consultations and builds relationships among faculty, staff, and community partners. Read more about Anna.

Contact Anna:, (607) 254-4510

Mike Bishop, Director, Student Leadership

Mike is coordinating the launch of Engaged Leadership — a pathway through existing and to-be-created curricular and co-curricular offerings for undergraduates. He collaborates across the university to design, implement, and evaluate a range of student development programs. Read more about Mike.

Contact Mike:, (607) 255-0169

Aaron Goldweber, Senior Director, Communications

Aaron is responsible for developing and implementing the Engaged Cornell communications strategy and partners with faculty, staff, and students from across campus to promote Cornell’s community-engaged learning, teaching, and research.

Contact Aaron:, (607) 255-0435

Lorie Gordinier, Grants Manager

Lorie oversees budget and financial reporting, and develops data management processes to improve the delivery of strategic programs.

Contact Lorie:, (607) 255-7015

Rochelle Jackson-Smarr, Assistant Director, Student Leadership

Rochelle oversees the delivery of student community-engagement initiatives. She works closely with the Student Ambassadors to implement programs and administer travel grants. She collaborates with Mike Bishop on Engaged Leadership. Read more about Rochelle.

Contact Rochelle:, (607) 255-2848

Richard Kiely, Senior Fellow, Program Evaluation

Richard leads the design and implementation of program evaluation and provides guidance and resources for assessment and evaluation of community-engaged learning, teaching, and research. Read more about Richard.

Contact Richard: , (607) 254-4730

Ashlee McGandy, Content Strategist

Ashlee initiates and launches web, mobile, print, and publicity communication projects that enhance the visibility of Engaged Cornell on campus and beyond. She is the primary contact for the Engaged Cornell website.

Contact Ashlee:, (607) 254-4301

Wendy Treat, Administrative Support Coordinator

Wendy provides administrative support and manages the day-to-day operations of the office including scheduling, event support, communications coordination, and supervision of student employees.

Contact Wendy:, (607) 254-4240

Amanda Wittman, Associate Director, Community-Engaged Curricula and Strategy

Amanda leads programmatic efforts focused on the development and assessment of faculty efforts in community-engaged pedagogy and research. She supports grant applicants and faculty fellows through workshops, institutes, and consultations for faculty and staff. Read more about Amanda.

Contact Amanda:, (607) 255-1478

vacant, New York State Partnership Liaison

The Engaged Cornell Cooperative Extension liaison will facilitate new and strengthen existing linkages between Engaged Cornell initiatives and Cornell Cooperative Extension, promoting engagement in New York State communities. This position facilitates access to statewide community-engaged research, learning, and service experiences for students, faculty, and staff.

University Leadership

A team of university leaders work closely with the Office of Engagement Initiatives to steward Engaged Cornell’s mission and strategy. Learn more on the Engaged Cornell website.