Meet the Team
Kravis Lab’s leadership team has 23 years of collective experience as educators and 29 years as award-winning social entrepreneurs transforming lives all over the globe.
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Over the last decade, Sherman has taught courses on social entrepreneurship and social innovation at numerous universities, including Yale, Princeton, and Johns Hopkins.
In 2005, Sherman won the international Echoing Green competition, which recognized him as one of the world’s “best emerging social entrepreneurs.” Sherman has also won awards from Ashoka U for excellence and innovation in teaching social entrepreneurship, including being part of the first class inducted into their “Hall of Fame.”
His curricula and workshops have been used at more than 50 campuses across the United States from Tulane and Harvard to Stanford and UCLA. His programs have also been used in dozens of nations around the world from Europe to Latin America, and from Africa to Asia.
Sherman earned his undergraduate and law degrees from U.C. Berkeley, as well as his Ph.D. in environmental studies from the University of Michigan.
Gemma Bulos is a multi-award-winning serial social entrepreneur having launched three social enterprises in three continents. She has won numerous awards and been recognized at the World Economic Forum, the United Nations and Silicon Valley for her work in Asia and Africa and around the globe.
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Because of her work in innovative international development, Gemma was invited as a Social Entrepreneur en Residence at Stanford University where she co-taught a class on Social Entrepreneurship. She helped launch a social innovation curriculum where students had opportunities to engage and work alongside award-winning SocEnts through service-learning seminar courses, internships and fellowships abroad.
The initiative that started it all was a global movement that Gemma spearheaded after the tragedy on Sept 11. She was a professional jazz singer and pre-school teacher who called in sick on 9/11 when she was supposed to be in the WTC when the planes hit. As a singer/songwriter, she wrote a song in response called “WE RISE” and left her life, gave away all her belongings and traveled around the globe to build a million voice choir. In her worldwide travels, she was able to mobilize singers and choirs in over 100 cities in 60 countries to sing “WE RISE” from all over the planet on Sept 21, 2004, in celebration of the United Nations International Day of Peace. After being recognized at the United Nations and then winning a $10,000 award from Queen Latifah and CoverGirl for women who were changing the world through music, she seed funded her social enterprise in the Philippines, ASDSW. And the rest is history.
Lidia is a prize-winning newspaper reporter, former elementary school teacher, and returned Peace Corps Volunteer who has lived and worked for six years in Central America serving as Country Director of many international organizations in Honduras and Nicaragua.
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As a Peace Corps Volunteer is Guatemala, Lidia facilitated a Health and Hygiene Program with the Ministry of Health in the rural Highlands of that country. She was the Education Coordinator and then the Country Director of an NGO who had a home for children infected and affected with HIV/AIDS. She went on to lead two organizations in Nicaragua where she oversaw community development programs in education, economic development, and youth support.
She has a B.A. in Journalism and Political Science from Colorado State University and an M.A. in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University.
Though Tonya is new to CMC, she is not new to the Claremont Colleges. She worked for five years as a Program Supervisor at CGU, Peter F. Drucker School of Management. Tonya has also worked at Scripps as the Student Services Coordinator for the Office of Student Engagement for thirteen years.
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Tonya has also worked at Scripps College as the Student Services Coordinator for the Office of Student Engagement for thirteen years. Tonya’s passion is to assist in the development and implementation of programs and activities that support the needs, and foster student’s personal growth.