Nadia Roumani

Senior Designer with Stanford's (Hasso Plattner Institute of Design) Designing for Social System's Program, and Director of Stanford's Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS)  


Nadia is a Lecturer and Senior Designer with Stanford University's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (aka. the Nadia is part of the’s Designing for Social Systems Program, which is focused on supporting social impact innovators working in complex systems.  Nadia was an inaugural fellow from 2012-14, and the Walter and Esther Hewlett Foundation Fellow with Stanford PACS from 2014-15. Nadia runs design thinking and strategy workshops for foundations and nonprofits across the country, most recently for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Tides Foundation.

Nadia is also the Director of the Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS), where she is studying the needs of individual high net worth donors, and designing solutions that will help increase their philanthropic impact.

Prior to coming to Stanford University in 2012, Nadia worked for various foundations and launched several nonprofit initiatives. She was a program officer with the Building Bridges Program at the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA), where she oversaw grants totaling $10.5 million over six years. She also co-founded the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute (AMCLI) at the University of Southern California. AMCLI, a leadership development program for emerging American Muslim leaders committed to increasing civic engagement. Nadia launched the Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD) with Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz at Columbia University, the Women Leaders Intercultural Forum with former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, and the Global Policy Innovations Program at the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs (CCEIA).  


Nadia received her BA in economics and international relations from Stanford University and her MA in international affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. She is a Board Member of the El Hibri Charitable Foundation and a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.




Lucy Bernholz

Visiting Scholar, Stanford University
Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Digital Civil Society Lab)
Visiting Scholar, David and Lucile Packard Foundation


David Janka

Teaching Faculty, Stanford

2011-12 Fellow




Olivia Vagelos

Product Design, Stanford '13

Sarah Stein Greenberg

Managing Director of the d.School

Evelyn Huang

Director of Design Thinking and Strategy, Capitol One; Former Fellow



Paul Brest

Faculty Co-director, Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS); Former President of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Former Dean of Stanford Law School



Partner Institutions

Stanford's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design

Stanford's Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society