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Tine Hansen-Turton, Co-Founder & Publisher

Nicholas Torres, Co-Founder & Publisher

Melissa Fernandez, Editor

About our Team

Nicholas Torres and Tine Hansen-Turton are PSIJ’s co-founders and publishers. In addition, they have assembled a team of young leaders who serve as associates and contributing writers. 

Professors and students from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Fels Institute of Government and School of Social Policy & Practice, as well as from La Salle University, Drexel University, and Thomas Jefferson University, have all teamed up with the Journal. Graduate students from partner universities are invited to become Philadelphia Social Innovations Fellows at the Journal and co-author articles. 

Under the direction and guidance of Nicholas Torres and Tine Hansen-Turton, the students work in collaboration with local social innovators to produce feature articles for inclusion in PSIJ. A student fellow is expected, either in teams or individually, to spend minimally 20 to 30 hours on background research, interviews with innovators and drafting of an article. Journal staff will provide an orientation with regard to all program expectations. Torres and Hansen-Turton work with academic partners to integrate these projects into formal curricula, with the added purpose of giving students real-world experiences with regional social innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders.


Co-founders Biographies


Tine Hansen-Turton

Nationally known as an advocate and social innovator, Tine Hansen-Turton is co-founder of the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal. Co-author of two award-winning books on leadership issues, she also writes for peer-reviewed professional healthcare and legal journals. Additionally, as a highly regarded healthcare expert, Hansen-Turton presents frequently at local, state and national healthcare conferences.

Hansen-Turton has received several advocacy and leadership awards, including an Eisenhower Fellowship and the Philadelphia Business Journal 40 under 40 Leadership Award, and was named one of the 101 emerging Philadelphia connectors in 2008 by Leadership, Inc.

Chief Operating Officer at the Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), Hansen-Turton is also CEO of the National Nursing Centers Consortium (NNCC), a PHMC affiliate organization with membership of more than 200 nurse-managed health centers serving 2.5 million families throughout the U.S. She co-founded and serves as executive director of the Convenient Care Association, a national trade association of over 1350 retail health clinics. Hansen-Turton is regularly sought out by regional and national media for her expertise.

Hansen-Turton serves on numerous boards, is a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and advises the federal Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Health Science Products and Services. She earned a B.A. from Slippery Rock University, a Masters in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute and her Juris Doctor from the Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Nicholas D. Torres

Mr. Torres currently serves as CEO of Education Plus Academy Cyber Charter School (, President of Education-Plus, Inc. ( where he works on scaling higher education models, school-based health centers and blended learning education models for dyslexic populations, and Founder of the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal ( and Social Innovations Lab ( In addition, he serves as faculty at the University of Pennsylvania's Fel's Insitute of Government (

Mr. Torres plays a leadership role in Pennsylvania and beyond. In January of 2008, he was 1 of 10 Americans to receive the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship, which honors emerging leaders from around the world; he was also recognized by Leadership Philadelphia as one of the 101 Philadelphia Connectors. Currently, Mr. Torres serves on the boards of the Free Library of Philadelphia, Children's Scholarship Fund, After School Partnership, and GreenTree Foundation.  Previously he served as  the Board Chair of Pan American Academy Charter School (Founder). Advisor to Knight Foundation Philadelphia, Chair of the Southeastern Pennsylvania United Way's Professional Advisory Council, Co-Chair of the National Council of La Raza's Northeastern Affiliates, and as a Human Relations Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia.

Mr. Torres served as president of Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc., from 2000-2010, one of the nations' premier multi-service organizations. As president of Congreso, he launched a K-college continuum of educational services; launched mental health and primary care as part of its integrative approach; standardized a model of case management across child welfare, welfare to work, health, behavioral health, workforce and education services; and aligned the organization through standardized outcome measurements.