Stephanie Barksdale

Assistant Director

Office of Social Entrepreneurship Initiatives at Tulane University

Stephanie Barksdale is the Special Assistant to President Cowen for Social Innovation Initiatives and is also the Assistant Director for Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching Social Innovation Engagement at Tulane University. After working in the diplomatic field for several years, Stephanie received her MPA, with a concentration in non-profit management, from NYU Wagner School of Public Service. Stephanie has also worked for The Low Income Investment Fund, Upwardly Global, and the King Hussein Foundation International. Currently, Stephanie is helping Tulane build upon its strengths in service learning and civic engagement to develop a university-wide, interdisciplinary social innovation and entrepreneurship program. Current initiatives include a speaker series, social venture competitions, engaging student’s across the university, and an academic minor in social innovation and social entrepreneurship. Learn more at