Springfield-based international academic and entrepreneurial nonprofit Enactus has hired a new president of its U.S. operation.
Zvia Schoenberg this month started as president of Enactus U.S., which provides experiential learning opportunities to 6,473 students across 223 U.S. colleges and universities, according to a news release. It's the largest of the 33 country operations in the Enactus network.
"I am very excited to join Enactus United States and deeply believe in the pursuit of using innovation and business principles to improve the world," Schoenberg said in the release. "I look forward to bringing more campuses into the Enactus United States community and continuing to engage our many stakeholders, including faculty, board members, corporate partners and alumni.”
In her new role, Schoenberg takes over for Steve Kappler, who exited Enactus "on good terms and was ready to transition to a different role," said Sarah Smith, the Springfield nonprofit's director of communications. Schoenberg will work remotely in her home in New Jersey, Smith added.
Kappler, who worked for more than three years at Enactus, started in September as principal consultant for LawReady, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Schoenberg reports to Robyn Fehrman, who became president and CEO of Enactus in September 2021, according to past reporting. Schoenberg most recently worked as CEO of A-List Education.
“I am so excited for Enactus United States and our students to benefit from Zvia’s experience in education innovation, her prior work as a CEO during a time of critical transformation and her deep belief in the power of learning both inside and outside of the classroom," Fehrman said in the release. "Zvia brings a wealth of experience to engage our extensive community.”
Enactus organizes teams of college-level entrepreneurs creating community development projects and student competitions. In 2021, Enactus students impacted 11.6 million people through social innovation projects and helped launch 1,626 small businesses, according to the release.
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