Social scientist. Professor. humanitarian. 

Dr. Rasheda L. Weaver is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Iona College. She conducted the first large-scale empirical study on the social, economic, and legal activities of social enterprises in the United States and created Weaver's Social Enterprise Directory in April 2018.

Dr. Weaver formerly worked as an Assistant Professor of Community Entrepreneurship at the University of Vermont. She received a PhD in Public Affairs-Community Development and a Master of Science in Public Affairs at Rutgers University. She graduated valedictorian from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development with a Master of Arts in Applied Psychology and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Herbert H. Lehman College. 

As a born and raised New Yorker of Jamaican and Cuban descent, Dr. Weaver loves to dance salsa, travel, and cooks spicy Caribbean food for her family and friends.


Photography by Erika T. Bergere