Tara Batista

Tara Batista, Ph.D., has 15 years of experience in nonprofit management and social enterprise. She has worked for organizations such as the Southeastern Network for Youth and Family Services, Girl Scouts, the U.S. Dream Academy, and the Boys and Girls Clubs. Batista has also conducted research and delivered social service programs in Chimaltenango, Guatemala; Vieques, Puerto Rico; Oxford, U.K.; Bogota and Barranquilla, Colombia; Pinellas Park and DeLand, Florida; New York City; and Providence, Rhode Island. She is currently president of Run 4 a Cause Foundation, which helps pay for youth in Central Florida to participate in sports. Batista believes that her generation will make a positive impact on the world and change the way corporations do business. She chose to pursue a career in academics because she wants to build a bridge between the social service/nonprofit sector and the corporate sector. She believes that businesses can do well financially while practicing corporate social responsibility. She is also a competitive cross-country runner who ran for Stetson University and Oxford.


  • Ph.D., social enterprise administration, Columbia University
  • M.Phil., social enterprise administration, Columbia University
  • M.Sc., evidence-based social intervention, University of Oxford
  • B.A., Spanish, B.B.A., international business, Stetson University

Course Topics

  • Professional Communications
  • Human Relations, Leadership and Teamwork
  • Designing and Empowering Organizational Cultures
  • Transitions: Self Ownership and Direction

Research Interests

  • Organizational empowerment
  • Youth empowerment
  • Foster care
  • Research methods


Tara Batista

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