The meaning behind mighty


For nearly 20 years, we’ve partnered with those groups—small community-based organizations to Fortune 100 companies—looking to advance a vital cause through collective impact and systemic change.

We achieve novel solutions together using our signature psychological, culturally-competent approaches.

Education is in our DNA.

We were founded by a Harvard-trained researcher and developmental psychologist. So it’s no wonder we are passionate about schools, promoting education causes, and using strategic communications to shape debates and influence behavior.

Showing our true colors through the excellence of our work.

As a certified W/MBE, our ability to work with diverse groups (whether defined by race, ethnicity, economics, gender, sexuality or conflicting visions for the future) is rooted in our years of experience in neighborhoods, organizing, planning and just being involved as concerned citizens.


Core Team

It takes more than talent to be mighty




Heseung is our fearless leader.

And that’s no joke—she really is fearless. About trying new ideas and blazing new paths. About always pushing us to excellence. Most of all about her convictions and sense of what’s right.

She’s an Ivy League psychologist who earned her stripes as a teacher, coach, counselor, mentor and nonprofit grantwriter and trustee.

If you want to see her break out into a smile, just ask her about her son.

Heseung is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale University and holds a master’s in education and doctorate in psychology from Harvard University.

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Operations Director

Jennifer is the glue that holds us all together.

She’s responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Mighty Engine, as well as overall project workflow. She also proves it’s possible for one person to be the office wit, the office mother, and the office curmudgeon—all at the same time.

Prior to joining Mighty Engine, Jennifer spent six years at the Philadelphia Development Partnership, the region’s leading nonprofit provider of micro-loans and business support services to low- and moderate-income entrepreneurs.

Jennifer studied journalism at York College and Temple University.



Content Director

Steven is our wordsmith and resident know-it-all.

Only occasionally tiresome, he has a knack for simplifying the complicated and bringing transparency to the opaque. Steven is responsible for overseeing all our content development—everything from communications plans to advertising and website copy.

In addition to being an messaging expert, he is a lawyer with a background in nonprofit corporate law and has over ten years of senior management experience in the nonprofit sector.

Steven has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Temple University, a master’s in public administration from Rutgers, and is a graduate of Temple Law School.

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Senior Associate

West Philadelphia born and raised.

Given what a key utility player she is, a perfect title for Simone remains elusive. This we know: she’s a Philly native through and through who energetically insists on current community perspectives as valid and vital to all our endeavors.

In addition to leading our market research and digital strategies, Simone’s shown a natural talent for visual storytelling and design. Most endearing and essential to our team is her all-too-rare “whatever-it-takes” determination for advancing the mission-critical work of our partner clients.

Simone is a graduate of Friends' Central School and Haverford College where she focused on cities and consumerism.



Art Director

A supreme organizer of life and design.

For Madeleine, copy is not a block of text that needs to be placed, but enhanced through expert creative concepting and design manipulation. Her successes as a professional organizer has sharpened her acumen in culling out what’s essential in all things.

She brought this abundant talent to bear in her dynamic execution of a much-talked-about gallery installation showcasing our city’s early literacy collective impact at this year’s national Grade-Level Reading conference.

Madeleine graduated cum laude from Temple University with a degree in advertising and a concentration in art direction.



Digital Director

A developer with the soul of a designer. And vice-versa.

Over his 25 years designing and developing for the web, Matt has demonstrated a unique knack for integrating branding, strategy, system design, e-commerce and information architecture all within exceptional user experiences.

He has been partnering with Mighty Engine on projects for more than 15 years, while also working on websites for clients like Def Jam Records and fashion icon Reem Acra, and online applications for major companies like Industry West and Condé Nast.

Matt has a B.A.S. in Digital Media from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business.




Drawing upon a world of influences.

Ana comes to us from the University of the Arts, which she came to via Michigan, Mexico and many points beyond. She’s studied in or traveled to almost every corner of the globe, and loves learning about new cultures, languages, and people.

She brings this passion and her basket of influences to all her design work. Committed to the idea of communicating and creating change through illustration and design, Ana has created award-winning print designs and logos and worked on promotional videos and a range of other materials.


How We Can Help?

Research & Strategy

Market research

Communications planning

Program development


Communications Solutions

Branding & identity development

Creative concepts


Advertising & public
education campaigns

Multimedia Production

Graphic design

Photography & videography

Social media