Yusi Turell

Yusi Turell
Executive Director, Center on Social Innovation and Finance

Yusi Wang Turell is the executive director of the Center on Social Innovation and Finance at the Carsey Institute, responsible for overseeing all Center programs and activities. Her research involves the social impact and institutionalization of community development financial institutions (CDFIs), as well as the national growth strategy of manufactured housing cooperatives as an affordable housing solution. Yusi teaches in the Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice and the Certificate in Corporate Sustainability programs. She created and manages the Carsey Social Innovation Internship and advises UNH's Net Impact chapter.

Prior to joining the Carsey Institute in 2011, Yusi led new initiatives at Citizen Schools, a national network of volunteer-led apprenticeship programs for low-income middle school students. At Citizen Schools, she directed the design, growth, and evaluation of its national 8th Grade Academy and Alumni Services and chaired its Task Force on College and Career Readiness. Previously, Yusi worked as a strategy consultant at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young’s Center for Business Innovation, where she researched the application of complexity theory to business. She also has worked as a researcher at Harvard Business School and a civil engineer on Boston’s “Big Dig” transportation project. Yusi holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Princeton University and a master’s degree in technology and innovation management from the University of Sussex (UK) through a Marshall Scholarship. Yusi lives with her family in Durham, New Hampshire, where she has volunteered with the Town’s Economic Development Committee. She is a graduate of Leadership New Hampshire and LeadBoston and serves on the Board of Directors of New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility.