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Rebecca Riccio

NS4G Program Director

Rebecca Riccio Photo- updated 6-25-13







Rebecca Riccio has spent over twenty years working in the social impact arena as a practitioner, consultant, and educator. She is the founding Director of Northeastern Students4Giving (NS4G), an experiential philanthropy education program in the Human Services department in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University, where she also teaches the undergraduate course Strategic Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management. Rebecca also lectures on philanthropy, social justice, and policy in the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.  Her teaching is informed by her experience consulting to a wide range of local, national, and international nonprofit organizations and foundations and developing and managing health, education, and technology programs in low-income countries around the world.

Rebecca is the author and instructor of Giving With Purpose, a massive open online course (M.O.O.C.) on effective charitable giving and informed civic engagement presented by the Learning by Giving Foundation.  She holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.A. from the University of Michigan.

Contact Information:

310 C Renaissance Park
Voice: (617) 373-4020
Fax: (617) 373-7905
Email: r.riccio@neu.edu

Rebecca teaches the course, Strategic Philanthropy & Nonprofit Management, to NS4Gers.


Lori Gardinier

Director of Human Services, Associate Academic Specialist







Lori Gardinier, MSW, PhD, is the Director of Human Services at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts where she was also the founder and director of the Campus Center on Violence Against Women (now VISION) with funding from the Department of Justice: Office of Violence Against Women. She holds a master’s degree in social work from Boston University and a PhD from Northeastern University. She has practiced in the area of antipoverty/ social justice work in community-based settings and as a counselor in organizations addressing intimate partner violence.

In her role at Northeastern she is a leader in experiential education practice in both local and global settings. Her outstanding commitment to high quality experiential education was recognized with the Northeastern Presidential Aspiration Award (2004) and the Excellence in Teaching Award (2011). She has developed partnerships will many of Boston’s nonprofit organizations through her own practice and her continued implementation of service-learning partnerships. Dr. Gardinier has also established project-based service-learning capacity building programs with nonprofits in Benin, Costa Rica, India and Mexico. In this role she and her students collaborate with local leaders to identify creative solutions to organizational challenges. Her research spans social movement studies, sexual violence and best practice in experiential education.

Contact Information:

310 B Renaissance Park
Voice: (617) 373-5918
Fax: (617) 373-7905
Email: l.gardinier@neu.edu

Lori teaches the course, Human Services Professions, to NS4Gers.


Natalia Stone

Human Services Program Coordinator







Natalia has been with the Human Services Program for over 10 years and has a deep knowledge of the program and Northeastern. Prior to coming to the program, Natalia worked in the non-profit sector in an enrichment program for youth. She herself is an alumnus of Northeastern, first graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology with a minor in History and then becoming a double husky, with her Master’s in Education.

Her background gives her a special ability to understand student needs and the ins and outs of the university.  She works with the program on a variety of areas including managing outreach and social media, conferences and lecture series, international educational initiatives, faculty research, and high profile events on campus. She works closely with faculty on their research and supports other programming such as NS4G. Many times she is the students first contact and because Natalia has a vast knowledge of the Program she is a great resource to students.

Contact Information:

310 N Renaissance Park
Voice: (617) 373-2624
Fax: (617) 373-7905
Email: n.stone@neu.edu

Natalia has been an essential part of the NS4G team since its start in 2008.


Rachel Shanley

NS4G Program Assistant


Rachel is a fourth-year student at Northeastern University, focusing her studies on the fields of Human Services and Political Science. She has been involved with NS4G since Spring 2012, when she took both NS4G courses offered by Rebecca and Lori. As the current NS4G Program Assistant, Rachel is able to work closely with the Program Director to develop, improve, and expand NS4G’s impact.


Zoe Johannas

Service-Learning Teaching Assistant for Strategic Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management







Zoe is a fourth-year Human Services major, minoring in Social Entrepreneurship and International Affairs.  She has been involved with NS4G since taking Rebecca’s course in Spring 2012.  As the TA for Rebecca’s course this fall, Zoe is excited to be involved in the next cycle of NS4G’s grant-making process and welcome a new group of students to NS4G!