Strategies to Achieve Social Impact
TCC Group Strategy Programs/Grants Management Capacity Building Evaluation

Debika Shome

Debika Shome Associate Director of Nonprofit Strategy and Capacity Building

Education: M.P.A., University of Washington, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance; B.A. in Environmental Sciences, Barnard College, Columbia University

Debika Shome brings a diverse background in capacity building, technology development, social impact measurement, and strategic communication to her work at TCC Group. She has over eighteen years of experience working with nonprofits, foundations, academic centers, corporations and government agencies interested in building, amplifying and understanding their social impact. Past clients include the Ford Foundation, MTV, DARPA, B Lab and Free Press.

Prior to joining TCC Group, Shome served as the Deputy Director at Harmony Institute (HI), a data-driven research center and technology lab that seeks to understand media impact’s society, from 2009 to 2015. She led HI’s pioneering work in entertainment evaluation as well as helped launch HI’s first of its kind interactive online tool for exploring the social impact of documentary film. Shome served for five years as Assistant Director at Columbia University’s Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED). During her time at CRED, she implemented a multi-million dollar grant, conducted original research, co-authored a highly acclaimed communications guide and led outreach efforts. She has worked with B Lab to create tools and resources for assessment of social impact driven businesses and the Nonprofit Technology Leadership Program on program evaluation and capacity building.

Select publications include: Impact Playbook: Best Practices for Understanding the Impact of Media (2013), FTW! Net Neutrality For The Win: How Entertainment and the Science of Influence Can Save Your Internet (2010) and The Psychology of Climate Change Communication: A Guide for Scientists, Journalists, Educators, Political Aids and the Interested Public (2009).

She has made over 35 national and international presentations on topics including data driven storytelling, media for social change, media impact measurement and climate change communication at places including Philanthropy New York, NASA, Center for Investigative Reporting and Center for Social Innovation.

Shome completed her MPA from the University of Washington, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University.

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