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.
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.
Loyola University Chicago
Emily is a Professor of Sociology, as well as Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost of Graduate Education, at Loyola University Chicago. Previously, She was a sociology professor at Boston University and also served as the Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago.
She has a long-standing record of obtaining external funding, including grants from the American Sociological Association, the Aspen Institute, the Boston Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.
University of Pennsylvania
Chao Guo is Professor and Faculty Director of Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership Program in the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Chao’s research interests focus on the intersection between nonprofit and voluntary action and government. His award-winning research includes many published articles in highly respected and influential journals and two co-authored books. Chao has served on the ARNOVA Board of Directors (2009-2015) and as a co-Editor-in-Chief of NVSQ (2016-2022). Globally, he has helped create a regional conference series in Asia (ARNOVA-Asia). In 2019, he received the Distinguished Achievement and Service Award from ARNOVA.
University of Illinois Chicago
Kelly LeRoux is a Professor in the Department of Public Administration and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Urban Planning & Public Affairs at the University of Illinois Chicago. Her research on nonprofits, contracting, local public service delivery, and intergovernmental collaboration has been widely published in the nonprofit, public administration, policy, and urban/local government journals. She is the author of Performance and Public Value in the Hollow State: Assessing Government-Nonprofit Partnerships by E-Elgar (with Nathaniel Wright) and Nonprofits Organizations and Civil Society in the U.S. by Routledge (with Mary Feeney), and Service Contracting: A Local Government Guide by ICMA Press. She holds MSW, MPA, and PhD in Political Science degrees from Wayne State University. Prior to beginning an academic career, she worked for twelve years in the mental health, child welfare, and housing policy arenas, within a large government-funded nonprofit. Practitioner experience includes both clinical social work practice with children, adults, and families, and several administrative leadership roles. She has served on several boards of nonprofit human service organizations, as well as professional association boards.
James Madison University
Margaret is Director and professor of strategic leadership and nonprofit studies in the School of Strategic Leadership Studies at James Madison University. She received her PhD from the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky and has been a member, presenter and volunteer with ARNOVA for the past fourteen years. Prior to teaching, she worked in the nonprofit sector for ten years in a variety of leadership roles with a focus on youth programs, the arts, and resource development.
Along with NVSQ, her research has also appeared in Nonprofit Policy Forum, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, Public Administration Quarterly, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, & Financial Management, Journal of Nonprofit Education & Leadership, Public Budgeting & Finance, and American Review of Public Administration. Additionally, she serves as a reviewer for academic publications including NVSQ, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Nonprofit Policy Forum, and the Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, among others.
Board Members at Large
Dr. Ansah is the founding partner and CEO of Axis Human Capital Ltd. She serves as the key Corporate Trainer for Axis clients, and uses Axis as a platform to provide mentoring, career and life coaching to students and working professionals as well as retirees. Esi is a licensed Insights Discovery practitioner who uses the Insights Discovery (personality profile) system in performance, and leadership coaching.
Esi is active in her community, and founded the Association of Ghana’s Elders (AGE), to address the needs of senior citizens in Ghana. She serves on the Board of the Association for Research in Civil Society in Africa (AROCSA) and as a civic activist, is part of the CitizenGhana Movement. Esi is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Africa Leadership Initiative - West Africa (ALIWA), and was in July 2015 appointed as a member of the West Africa Board.
Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College-City, University of New York
Cristina Balboa is an assistant professor at the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College, CUNY. Her research incorporates international relations, comparative policy, and organization theory to demonstrate the relationship between an organization’s internal characteristics (like capacity, diversity) and its external accountability, legitimacy, and efficacy. Her research focuses on NGOs in New York City, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific and has been published in World Development, Global Environmental Politics, the Review of Policy Research, and the Journal for Public Affairs Education, and her book on the challenges of scaling up operations for environmental NGOs will be published by MIT Press this fall. Prior to academia, Cristina was a practitioner working in environmental nonprofits in Ecuador and Washington DC.
She has been a member of ARNOVA since 2005 and has presented research numerous times and served as panel and colloquy chairs. In 2010, her dissertation was awarded the Gabriel G. Rudney Memorial Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action. She is a member of both the Teaching and the TIBs sections. Cristina is a founding administrator of the Global Issues/Transnational Actors interest group; she has been a member of the Board Committee on Diversity since 2016 and was selected as a committee co-chair in 2017. She was also a member of the Emerging Scholars Professional Development committee and now spearheads the Undergraduate Diversity Scholars Program that was launched in 2017.
David Campbell is an Associate Professor of Public Administration at Binghamton University, where he teaches undergraduate courses in experiential philanthropy and civic engagement, and graduate courses in nonprofit management, the NGO sector globally, and performance analysis. His research interests address a range of critical nonprofit management issues, including accountability, performance measurement, and how human service organizations use social media. He has also studied organizational emergence and adaptation (specifically in response to disaster); and mergers and other forms of restructuring. In recent years, the opportunity to teach at Koç University in Turkey has led him to participate in research on philanthropy and giving in that country. He is currently working an edited book about philanthropy in the Muslim world.
He is a member of the Editorial Board for the journal Nonprofit Management and Leadership and the Journal of Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society. From 2016-2019, he served on NASPAA’s Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA). Since 2009, he has received funding from the Learning by Giving Foundation and Campus Compact for the Philanthropy Incubator project he founded. The program educates and encourages philanthropy among undergraduate and graduate students including awarding funds to local nonprofit organizations and has distributed more than $200,000 to Binghamton area organizations. He is vice-chair of the board of the Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation in Binghamton, New York, and of Racker, a leader in providing services and opportunities for individuals with disabilities, which envisions a world "where all people know they belong." He earned a PhD in Social Welfare from Case Western Reserve University, a MAR from Yale University, and a B.A. from Bates College.
Paloma is an Assistant Professor of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Her research focuses on leadership and nonprofit governance, global philanthropy, and research methods. Her recent co-authored article “Leadership and Governance in Times of Crisis: A Balancing Act for Nonprofit Boards” published in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly explores how nonprofit board adapts in turbulent environments and shift between their management and leadership activities.
Paloma is currently involved in several collaborations around research methods for the nonprofit sector, the effect of COVID-19 on Canadian foundations, online teaching strategies, and equity and diversity goals in nonprofit organizations. She is a co-editor of PANL Perspectives, a comprehensive Canadian web platform where she also publishes articles on governance issues in the charitable sector. In addition, she teaches courses on governance and leadership, research methods and experiential community-led projects, and global philanthropy. Paloma has won research and teaching excellence awards. She is actively engaged in community organizations in Canada and the US, such as the Association for Nonprofit Research and Social Economy, Whistleblowing Canada, and the Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library, amongst others. She has earned her Ph.D. from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.
Rutgers University - Camden
Dr. Nathaniel S. Wright, Associate Professor of Public Administration and Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives at Texas Tech University, received his B.A. and Master of Public Administration from Binghamton University (2005, 2006) and Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Kansas (2014). Dr. Wright is a recognized expert in grant writing, board and leadership development, and strategic planning whose work has appeared in leading nonprofit and urban policy journals. Currently, Dr. Wright’s research centers on the role that social advocacy organizations play in creating sustainable neighborhoods, and more generally on issues related to nonprofit performance and accountability. He has received external grants with other researchers from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, and has published work in Nonprofit Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Journal of Urban Affairs, American Review of Public Administration, Psychiatric Services and Sustainability. His new book, entitled Performance and Public Value in the Hollow State: Assessing Government–Nonprofit Partnerships, identifies challenges nonprofits encounter in their roles as government partners, and challenges that government organizations face in holding them to account for outcomes.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Joanne Carman, PhD is Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) where she teaches in the Master of Public Administration program. She is currently the Senior Fellow for Faculty Engagement for the Office of Urban Research and Community Engagement at UNC Charlotte and the advisor and coordinator for students in the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management program.
Joanne’s research focuses on organizational capacity building, program evaluation, leadership, and governance. In 2020, Joanne was awarded UNC Charlotte’s Bonnie E. Cone Professorship in Civic Engagement, an award given to faculty whose teaching and research embody the university’s commitment to civic involvement. She is currently the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Jaclyn Piatak, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and teaches courses in the Gerald G. Fox Master of Public Administration Program. Her research centers on nonprofit and public management, volunteering, and public policy. More specifically, she examines how to manage human capital in nonprofit organizations from sector differences in employment to managing volunteers to advancing inclusion.
She previously served as Associate Editor for the Review of Public Personnel Administration and as Associate Editor for the New Voices section of the open access Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs. She currently serves on several editorial boards, including the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, the American Review of Public Administration, Journal of Behavioral Public Administration, Journal of Strategic Contracting and Negotiation, Public Personnel Management, and Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance. She is currently the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.
Publishers. Previously, Chao was on the faculties of Indiana University, the University of Georgia, and Arizona State University.