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Members and Officers of ARNOVA's Board of Director are elected directly by the membership in annual elections. A slate of candidates to fill positions and seats is offered by the Board to the membership. Nominations are sought in the spring of each year, and a slate prepared by the end of June. Balloting is conducted electronically (via the web) in August. Results are publicized in September (view 2016 election results here).

At-large board members are elected to 3 year terms, and can serve two consecutive terms. The President begins as a President-elect, followed by two years as President, and then one more year as Past-President. The Secretary and the Treasurer hold office for a term of two years.



Alan Abramson

George Mason University

Alan J. Abramson is a Professor of Government and Politics in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, and Founding Director of Mason’s Center on Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy, and Policy.  Alan is also a Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and an Affiliated Scholar at the Urban Institute.  Abramson has twice won awards from the American Political Science Association, and has been named among the 50 most influential leaders in the nonprofit sector.  He received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University and his B.A. from Wesleyan University.  Alan’s work currently focuses on nonprofit-government relations, social entrepreneurship and social enterprise, and collaborative governance.

President- Elect

Mary Tschirhart

The Ohio State University

Mary Tschirhart is a Professor at the Ohio State University.  She teaches and studies nonprofit management.  Current projects examine sense of identity and community, careers, volunteerism, and membership representation. Her latest book, co-authored, is Managing Nonprofit Organizations.  Tschirhart’s experience includes service on boards of associations, foundations, library, and social service and animal welfare organizations and CEO of an arts organization. She has an M.B.A. in arts administration and doctorate in organizational behavior and human resource management.  Prior to joining OSU, she was a center director and faculty member at NC State and Syracuse and on the faculty of Indiana University.


Jessica Sowa


University of Baltimore

Jessica Sowa is an associate professor in the School of Public and International Affairs in the College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore. She received her Ph.D. in Public Administration in 2003 from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Her research focuses on public and nonprofit management, with an emphasis on the management of human resources (HRM) in public and nonprofit organizations, organizational effectiveness, and collaboration. Sowa’s work has been published in a number of public and nonprofit journals, including Public Administration Review, Administration and Society, Public Personnel Management, American Review of Public Administration, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly and the Review of Public Personnel Administration. Current projects include an edited book on nonprofit human resource management, research on public leadership, executive succession in nonprofit organizations, volunteer retention in fire departments, and HRM in local government. Her current research project (with Sally Selden of Lynchburg College) on high performance work systems in nonprofit human service organizations was funded by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation. She serves on the editorial board of a number of journals in public administration and public human resource management.


Dwight Burlingame

Indiana University

Purdue University Indianapolis

Burlingame is Professor of Philanthropic Studies and holds the Glenn Family Chair in Philanthropy. Dwight holds degrees from Moorhead State University, the University of Illinois and Florida State University.  He received the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential in 1989.  He has been active over the last 25 years in developing philanthropic education at Indiana University and for the field of civil society education globally.   He also serves as an active member of the national Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Research Council, the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) where he is currently the Treasurer, a board member of Learning to Give, and the International Society for Third-sector Research.

Burlingame is an expert in the field of philanthropy and fundraising and spent six years as editor of the “Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly,” the official journal of ARNOVA. He also is the co-editor of the “Philanthropic and Nonprofit Studies” book series for Indiana University Press, and has written or co-written 10 books, nearly 60 articles and more than 100 book reviews. Burlingame also is the editor of “Philanthropy in America: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia” published in 2004.

He is active in the nonprofit community as a board member and volunteer, a frequent speaker, consultant, and author on topics relating to philanthropy, corporate citizenship, nonprofit organizations, and development.  In 2013 he received the Rosso Medal for life time achievement in fundraising.

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Angela Bies

University of Maryland,
College Park  


Chao Guo 

University of Pennsylvania

Chao Guo (Ph.D., Public Administration, University of Southern California) is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the founding co-director of the Institute for Philanthropic Innovation at Renmin University of China. A current Penn Fellow, Chao also serves as a Nonresident Senior Fellow at Fox Leadership International at the University of Pennsylvania. He has recently published a book titled “Social Entrepreneurship: An Evidence-Based Approach to Creating Social Value”, with Jossey-Bass Publishers. Previously, Chao was on the faculties of Indiana University, the University of Georgia, and Arizona State University.


Susan Phillips

Carleton University

Susan Phillips is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. She is Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and Program Director of its Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. Susan’s research focuses on comparative analysis of public policy governing nonprofits and philanthropy; community foundations; and cross-sectoral collaboration.  She is co-editor of the Routledge Companion to Philanthropy (2016) and of Governance and Regulation in the Third Sector: International Perspectives (2011).  Susan has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award by ANSER (the Canadian research association on nonprofits); an Impact Award by Carleton University and the 2016 Potter Foundation Fellowship at the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.

Board Members at Large

Khaldoun AbouAssi

American University

Khaldoun AbouAssi is an assistant professor at the Department of Public Administration and Policy, School of Public Affairs of the American University. His primary research focuses on public and nonprofit management, examining organizational capacity, resources, and inter-organizational relations. Khaldoun has several years of substantial practical experience in international development working on human and institutional development whether in the public sector or with NGOs or for donor agencies. He is the recipient of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action’s (ARNOVA) 2013 Gabriel G. Rudney Memorial Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action.

Lehn Benjamin

Indiana University-Purdue

University Indianapolis

Lehn Benjamin has spent the past 25 years working on issues facing marginalized communities. She worked in South Africa during the democratic transition, on the Senate Banking Housing and Urban Affairs Committee as a Congressional Fellow, and for the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.  After spending 10 years on the faculty at George Mason University, she joined the faculty at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy where she directs the Doctoral Program in Philanthropic Studies.  Her research looks at nonprofit performance and accountability.  Her current research focuses on how frontline staff and the people they serve work together to achieve social change.

Hector Cordero-Guzman

Baruch College (CUNY)

Dr. Héctor R. Cordero-Guzmán is a Professor at the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College and in the Ph.D. Programs in Sociology and in Urban Education at the City University of New York (CUNY). He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology from The University of Chicago. He has experience in the non-profit sector as a Program Officer in the Economic Development and the Quality Employment Units of the Asset Building and Community Development Program at The Ford Foundation and as a member of the Board of Directors of The Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance, Economic Policy Institute, El Museo Del Barrio, and New York City’s Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).

Beth Gazley

Indiana University

Professor Beth Gazley specializes in nonprofit management, inter-organizational collaboration, the management of membership associations, and volunteerism. Best known for her groundbreaking work on nonprofit-government collaboration, Gazley is a prolific writer and researcher, with more than 60 published works since 2001. Gazley studies various aspects of nonprofit management, human resource capacity, and student community engagement and service learning. Gazley's ongoing research addresses governmental reliance on charities to fund public services.


Gazley spent 16 years in nonprofit fundraising and management consulting before returning to graduate school. A member of the IU faculty since 2004, Gazley has received several honors and awards including the 2013 Indiana Campus Compact Brian Douglas Hiltunen Award for contributions to service-learning scholarship, the 2012 Indiana University Board of Trustees Thomas Ehrlich Award, and the 2012 RGK Center/ARNOVA Presidents Award for a project entitled Coproduction and Public Service Dependence on Philanthropy.

Mary Kay Gugerty

University of Washington

Mary Kay Gugerty is the Nancy Bell Evans Professor in Nonprofit Management and the Faculty Director of the Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits & Philanthropy at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, University of Washington. Her research examines evaluation and impact measurement in the social sector; advocacy, accountability and voluntary regulation programs among nonprofit and NGOs; and community-based organizations and rural development in sub-Saharan Africa. Gugerty is co-author of the forthcoming book, The Goldilocks Challenge: Right-Sized Monitoring and Evaluation for NGOs and Nonprofits, Oxford University Press and the co-editor of Voluntary Regulation of Nonprofits and NGOs: An Accountability Club Perspective, Cambridge University Press.

John McNutt

University of Delaware

John McNutt is a professor at University of Delaware, School of Public Policy and Administration. His research interests include online political activity, nonprofit informatics, nonprofit advocacy, social policy, philanthropy and community development. McNutt serves on the editorial board of numerous journals that detail social work-related issues. He has also developed a website providing resources to those creating online advocacy programs.

John Ronquillo

University of Colorado Denver

John C. Ronquillo is an assistant professor of nonprofit and public management at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs, and was previously assistant professor and MPA director in the School of Public Service at DePaul University. His research focuses on innovation in nonprofit and public organizations, on new legal forms of social enterprise, and on American Indian leadership and tribal governance. He has manuscripts published or forthcoming in Public Administration Review, Handbook of
Decision Making, Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations, Human Resource Management in the Nonprofit Sector, and Restoring America’s Global Competitiveness Through Innovation. He previously served as volunteer social networking coordinator for ARNOVA, and is a past ARNOVA Dissertation Fellow, Diversity and Leadership Fellow, and a recipient of the ARNOVA Emerging Scholar Award. His service to ARNOVA includes twice chairing the Emerging Scholars Awards Committee, serving as co-chair for the ARNOVA Social Entrepreneurship/Enterprise Section (SEES), and
serving as a track chair for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship conference track. He currently chairs the IT and Communications Committee, is a past chair of the Membership Committee, and is a past member of the Education Committee. He holds a Ph.D. in public administration and policy from the University of Georgia, and an MPA from Arizona State University.

Judith Millesen

Ohio University


Jennifer Mosley

University of Chicago

Jennifer Mosley is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. She researches the role of nonprofit organizations as political actors, specifically the role human service organizations, community-based nonprofits, and philanthropic foundations play in advocating for underrepresented populations. She is particularly interested in the relationship between advocacy and improved democratic representation and how organizations balance self-interest with larger community goals. Her current work explores how public administration and nonprofit management trends, particularly collaborative governance, contracting, and collective impact, affect nonprofits’ advocacy role. She publishes in the fields of social work, public administration, and nonprofit organizations and her work can be found in a range of journals including Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and Social Service Review.

Mark Sidel

University of Wisconsin

Mark Sidel is Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Visiting Chair in Community Foundations at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University (2016-2017); and Consultant for Asia at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL). He works on government/civil society relations in China, India, Vietnam and the United States, with a focus on regulation and self-regulation. Sidel is also a frequent consultant to foundations and donor agencies on their work in Asia. His current academic work includes research for a book on modern secessionary movements in the United States. 

David Suarez

University of Washington

David Suárez, Ph.D., is an associate professor at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. He teaches courses on public management, organizational theory, and leadership in the nonprofit sector. His current work focuses primarily on a) the relationship between managerialism and organizational outcomes and b) the consequences of professionalization for the nonprofit sector. He is particularly interested in collaboration, advocacy, and civic engagement—issues that link nonprofits to public agencies and the policy process. Ongoing projects include research on: management in international and local NGOs; public-nonprofit partnerships in national parks; education and the human rights movement. His work has been published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Administration and Society, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Voluntas, Sociology of Education, and many additional outlets.

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