Wesleyan portrait of Makaela Jane Kingsley

Makaela Jane Kingsley

Director, Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Allbritton Center, 021

Adjunct Instructor in Public Policy


BA Wesleyan University
MA Wesleyan University

Makaela Jane Kingsley

Makaela Kingsley is Director of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship. She teaches courses on social change theory and practice, and she runs programs that support student entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and changemakers. A 1998 graduate of Wesleyan, Makaela previously held positions in Wesleyan’s advancement office focused on alumni relations, volunteer management, and event planning. She began her career at the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts where she worked in development and public relations. Outside of the Patricelli Center, Makaela volunteers on the boards of Open Communities Alliance, CTNext’s Higher Ed initiative, and the Jaylen D. Berry Foundation. She has served as a Coach for AshokaU Commons, a mentor for Yale’s entrepreneurship programs, a judge for Echoing Green and the Grinnell Prize, and a guest speaker and judge for reSET. She lives in Hamden, CT, with her husband Matt, who is the Associate Head Coach of Men's Basketball at Yale, and their two children, Amelia (age 13) and Eli (age 10).

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

By appointment


Winter 2021
CSPL 262Z - 01
Intro Social Entrepreneurship

Spring 2021
CSPL 262 - 01
Patricelli Center Fellowship

CSPL 480 - 01
Engaged Projects