Stephanie Dangel, former director of Business and Legal Affairs at the Steeltown Entertainment Project, has been named executive director of the Innovation Practice Institute. Read the full story here.
Stephanie Dangel Named Executive Director of Innovation Practice Institute
Social innovation and entertainment law expert Stephanie Dangel is the new Executive Director of the Innovation Practice Institute (IPI) at Pitt Law, effective July 1. Dangel comes to IPI from the Steeltown Entertainment Project, a social enterprise dedicated to building a sustainable entertainment industry in the Pittsburgh region, where she served as president of the Board of Directors and then director of Business & Legal Affairs.
“As a social innovator herself and as a tireless member of Pittsburgh’s entertainment and business communities, Stephanie brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to our community,” said Michael Madison, faculty director of the IPI. “The IPI couldn’t have better leadership as it begins the next stage of its development.”
Dean William M. Carter, Jr., agrees. “As a unique partnership among the Law School, practitioners, and entrepreneurs, the IPI works to train students to interact with innovators and to think entrepreneurially themselves, as well as to expose students to the critical role that attorneys can play in regional economic development. Stephanie is well-suited to continue this work and to move IPI’s strategic initiatives forward.”
A Rhodes Scholar, Dangel earned three degrees from the University of Pennsylvania—bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science and a master’s in political science—before earning a degree in modern history from the University of Oxford in England and her law degree from Yale Law School. She interned at what is now K&L Gates, then completed clerkships with U.S. District Court Judge Pierre N. Leval and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun before returning to Pittsburgh, where she spent six years at K&L Gates as a practicing attorney. In 2003, she began volunteering at Steeltown, where she worked to develop innovative programs that connected those working in the entertainment industry to talent, content, and technology in the Pittsburgh region. She also produced two films—My Tale of Two Cities, and The Shot Felt ‘Round the World—both of which aired at film festivals and received national and international attention.
In the fall of 2010, Dangel served as an adjunct faculty member at Pitt Law, teaching a course on social innovation and entertainment law.
“I am thrilled to be back at Pitt Law School, where I look forward to working with its faculty and staff to produce a new generation of lawyers who are well trained to represent, and to be, the innovators of tomorrow,” said Dangel of her move to lead the IPI.