Departments/ProgramsThe Heller School for Social Policy and Management
DegreesBrandeis University, M.A.
Brown University, B.A.
ExpertiseCorporate Ethics, Social Responsibility
ProfileMichael Appell began teaching at Brandeis in 2003. He developed and taught the school’s first courses in corporate social responsibility: Corporations and Communities and Managing the Triple Bottom Line, which led to feature stories in The Boston Globe and The Christian Science Monitor. He also organizes and leads panels on topics ranging from ‘green’ skills to climate change.
Mr. Appell has a strong ‘macro’ interest in the ethics of globalization and is particularly focused on helping students understand new models for interaction between corporations, non profits and the various communities they serve. He also served for five years as the faculty advisor for the Brandeis chapter of Net Impact, which he organized in 2005.
Prior to joining the Heller faculty this year, Michael spent 32 years working in non profit management and development. From 2001-2011 he served as Executive Director of Development and External Affairs, and an adjunct faculty member, at the Brandeis International Business School (IBS). Mr. Appell also spent 15 years as President of the Two/Ten International Footwear Foundation.
Mr. Appell has traveled extensively and worked with corporate and non profit leaders in many parts of the world. He began his career at the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, which became the first federated philanthropy in 1895 and set the model for the United Way and other community endeavors.
Mr. Appell is a graduate of Brown University (Phi Beta Kappa) and earned his M.A. from Brandeis University.
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