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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.

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.



Angela Eikenberry

University of Nebraska at Omaha


Dr. Eikenberry's research has been featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Her book, Giving Circles: Philanthropy, Voluntary Association, Democracy (Indiana University Press) won CASE’s 2010 John Grenzebach Research Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy. She received a 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar Award to conduct research on giving circles in the UK, affiliated with the University of Birmingham Third Sector Research Centre, and the 2016 UNO Award for Distinguished Research or Creative Activity.

Past President

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.


René Bekkers

VU University Amsterdam

René Bekkers, Ph.D., is the director of the Center for Philanthropic Studies at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam. After he completed his Ph.D. in Sociology at Utrecht University, he received a personal grant from the Netherlands Scientific Organization (NWO) to study the effect of education on prosocial behavior. Since 2013 he is a professor by special appointment (‘bijzonder hoogleraar’) at the Faculty of Social Sciences of VU Amsterdam. The chair is supported by the Van der Gaag Foundation of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW). He is co-designer of the Center’s biennial ‘Giving in the Netherlands’ Panel Study (GINPS).

He is also the research chair of the European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP). He has written extensively on the topics of philanthropy, pro-social behaviour, and morality. His current research examines the determinants and consequences of giving and volunteering, combining experiments and longitudinal panel survey methodology in a multidisciplinary approach. His series of articles with co-author Pamala Wiepking, “A Literature Review of Empirical Studies of Philanthropy: Eight Mechanisms that Drive Charitable Giving” (2011) and “Who Gives? A Literature Review of Predictors of Charitable Giving” (2011, 2012) provide a comprehensive international overview of the available literature on philanthropy and charitable behaviour.


Thad Calabrese

Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University

Thad Calabrese studies public and nonprofit financial management, broadly focusing on the management and governance of public and not-for-profit organizations, as well as the institutions that affect managerial decision-making in these entities. His research and teaching deliberately span both the governmental and not-for-profit sectors because both provide collective goods and services to the public – frequently in collaboration or through contracting arrangements. Thad's research focuses on two general themes The first is the general management problem of organizational slack resource management, which also includes debt management. The second focuses on the institutions and relationships between the state and not-for-profits, and how these influence decisions made by each. His research has appeared in the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Public Administration Review, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Public Budgeting and Finance, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, National Tax Journal, among others. He has co-authored three texts: Financial Management for Public, Health, and Not-for-Profit Organizations, 4th Edition (Pearson Prentice Hall) and 5th Edition (CQ), Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting: Concepts and Practices, 7th Edition (Wiley), and Accounting Fundamentals for Health Care Management, 2nd Edition (Jones and Bartlett Learning). Thad was awarded the Editors' Prize for Best Scholarly Paper in Nonprofit Management & Leadership for 2013, and joined the journal's editorial board in 2015.

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Angela Bies

University of Maryland,
College Park

Angela Bies, Ph.D. is endowed associate professor of global philanthropy and nonprofit leadership at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland and affiliated with the Do Good Institute. Previously, she was chair of the faculty, associate professor and director of international programs at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Her research interests include comparative nonprofit and NGO regulation, accountability and governance; the emerging role of philanthropy in China; nonprofit capacity-building; and nonprofits and disasters. Prior to Indiana University, she was an associate professor of public administration at the Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University, where she provided leadership on the creation of their nonprofit management program. She currently serves as a board member and annual conference chair for the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action and on the editorial board of Nonprofit Management & Leadership.

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.

Esi Ansah

Ashesi University College

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.

Shena Ashley

Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, Urban Institute

Shena Ashley is vice president of the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute. She uses research to help nonprofits, governments, and foundations achieve outcomes that contribute to healthy, thriving, equitable, inclusive, and connected communities. Her work combines academia and practice with a strong orientation toward community-engaged scholarship. Her research focuses on grantmaking effectiveness and nonprofit management and has been published in several journals, including Public Administration Review, Administration and Society, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, New Directions for Evaluation, and American Review of Public Administration.

Cristina Balboa

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.

Brenda Bushouse

University of Massachusetts


My research program has two intersecting foci. The first is a lasting interest in the realm of activity that is neither market nor state. I research the politics of nonprofit organizations in the policy process (see my 2017 Policy Studies Journal article). What intrigues me is the work of people and organizations who work to fulfill a social mission. I am particularly interested in utilizing institutional analysis to understand the provision of goods and services by nongovernmental actors (see Bushouse 2011 and Bushouse et al. 2016). Currently I am exploring the role of foundations as actors in the policy process, an understudied but important policy player.

Curtis Child

Brigham Young University


I am an associate professor of sociology at Brigham Young University, where I study nonprofit organizations, for-profit businesses, and the legal, cultural, and moral boundaries that separate the two sectors. I am interested in various social service provisions and how people think about efforts to address social problems. In recent projects, I have investigated the fair trade and socially responsible investing industries, how entrepreneurs choose between nonprofit and for-profit forms, and social movement activism in the apparel industry during the 1990s. I teach courses in economic sociology and qualitative research methods.

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.

Helen Liu

National Taiwan University


I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Graduate Institute of Public Affairs, National Taiwan University (NTU). I received a Ph.D. in public administration from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2009 and a BA in economics from University of Texas-Austin. Before joining the NTU, I was working in theD. Helen Liu.JPG Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong, emerging scholar in Urban Institute, Washington D.C., a summer fellow in the RGK Center on Philanthropy, University of Texas in Austin, and a visiting scholar at Peking University. My primary research interests are in interorganizational networks, social service provision, collaborative governance, crowdsourcing adaptation, and nonprofit management.

Lindsey McDougle

Rutgers University-Newark


Lindsey M. McDougle is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University-Newark. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of voluntarism, philanthropy, nonprofit management, and social inequality. Most recently, Lindsey has focused her research on how philanthropy can be utilized to address (and even overcome) social inequities in society; and, one of the ways that she is currently exploring this is through an innovative new teaching strategy—known as experiential philanthropy. Experiential philanthropy teaches students about philanthropy and about how philanthropy can be used to address social problems within their communities. Students are then able to act as a philanthropic funding agent on behalf of their community. Lindsey’s research has been published in a number of scholarly outlets such as: Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Social Indicators Research, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, and Journal of Environmental Planning and Management.

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.

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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