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.



Digital Producer

Bringing a world of influences, and an infectious energy for good works.

A degree in Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations may sound like unusual preparation for a firm like ours, but Malkia’s passion for understanding cultures and communities, and penchant for asking “why” and “how” more than just “what” make her the perfect addition to the team.

A budding “community archaeologist,” she’s always had a passion for storytelling, understanding and communicating the unique heritages of different cultural groups, and applying new digital technologies to her work.

Malkia is a recent graduate of University of Pennsylvania and originally from New Haven, Connecticut.



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.



Web 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.



Strategy Consultant

A warrior for change. And for doing the right thing.

Jose is a North Philly native who is committed to helping young people recognize and heal from trauma and violence.

His expertise and passion help shape our approaches to reaching and informing audiences, and his unwavering devotion to promoting social justice makes him a great fit—and invaluable voice—for our team.

Jose earned an associates degree from Esperanza College and a B.A from Temple University’s School of Social Work. He’s received specialized trauma-informed training at Drexel’s Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice, and serves as a mentor and trainer in their Healing Hurt People program.


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