Leah Goodridge
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration

Leah S. Goodridge is the founder and Lead Instructor of the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program at Medgar Evers College (CUNY) Continuing Education. Ms. Goodridge has several years of experience in non-profit management and most recently founded and served as the Executive Director of Proyecto LIDER; a non-profit in the Dominican Republic established to provide teen girls seminars on education advancement and professional development. In addition, Ms. Goodridge has an array of civil rights experience. She has worked with the National Urban League, Now Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights. Her work has been published in the National Urban League Equal Opportunity Journal and UCLA-RAND. Ms. Goodridge has been honored for her efforts and has received the Leopold Schepp Foundation Scholarship award, the NAACP LDF award and the Institute for International Education Gilman Award. Ms. Goodridge holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College in English Literature and received her Juris Doctor from UCLA School of Law.

Semester Course
Fall 2011 PADM-GP.2125.001 Foundations of Nonprofit Management

This course examines the nature and major trends of the nonprofit sector, understood within the context of a broad shift in governance, both in the US and internationally. The course aims to deepen student understanding of the nature of the nonprofit world and its organizations, using both theoretical and practical lenses to do so. Understanding the legitimacy and authority of the nonprofit sector to address collective problems requires inviting both management and policy practitioners to see the intersection between managerial practices and policy decisions and to connect the macro and micro dynamics of governance.

The course focuses heavily on the broad trends shaping the sector, predominantly in the United States, but making connections to international trends. The goal is for students – whether they are interested in policy, finance or management – to develop their own “cognitive map” of the sector, so that they can identify and interpret key issues and challenges of sustainability experienced by stakeholders of the nonprofit world, and consider their implications for practice. Classes will involve a mix of brief lectures; discussion based on readings and written assignments; and guest speakers.

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