Aria Finger
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration

As Chief Operating Officer of, Aria Finger oversees the marketing, programming, financial and business development activities at, the national not-for-profit that empowers teenagers to take action around causes they are passionate about. With her cause-related marketing experience, Finger has managed initiatives with Staples, Aéropostale, Starbucks, Clean & Clear, HP, Sprint, and other top youth brands. She has spoken at numerous marketing conferences, including What Teens Wants, The Youth Marketing Mega Event, Sustainable Brands, and the YPulse Mashup.

Aria earned a BA in economics and political science from Washington University in St. Louis, and completed the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She reads economic theory for fun, and thinks that "After Innocence" should be required movie-watching for anyone interested in social justice. She hopes to use her energy and enthusiasm to reach even more young people who want to change our world. Aria currently serves on the board of the NYC-based not-for-profit Care for the Homeless and is a New Leaders Council NYC Fellow.


Semester Course
Fall 2012 UPADM-GP.242.001 The Business of Nonprofit Management

This course is a general introduction to not-for-profit management, with heavy emphasis on practical application. How do not for profit organizations actually function? How do they attract “customers?” How do these companies grow when there are no owners with financial incentives to grow the business? What are the core elements of a “good” not for profit company? What are the metrics for determining the health of a company without profit? And, why would anybody work for such a crazy place?

Download Syllabus