Melanie Raoul
Adjunct Lecturer of Public Administration

Melanie Raoul is the founder of Management Lab (, which provides coaching, resources, and training for social change makers. Mel has worked for more than a decade with social justice and human rights advocacy organizations, large and small – from team-building at Greenpeace to supporting senior leadership in the Tibetan freedom movement. She has coached social movement leaders, campaigners, policy makers, activists, tech developers, and grassroots organizers to help them translate their formidable purposes into impactful results for the communities they serve. 

Before launching Management Lab she was a senior manager at The OneWorld Digital Security Exchange (ODSE, or Odyssey), a group that develops and deploys community-specific technologies and educational content to enhance online security and Internet Freedom in places where online and mobile surveillance and censorship are extreme. 

She received her BA in Latin American Studies from the University of British Columbia and her MPA from New York University's Wagner School of Public Service. She has since taught at Wagner and is an experienced facilitator on management and leadership development, strategy, fundraising, and public speaking.

Semester Course
Spring 2014 PADM-GP.2110.001 Strategic Management

This is a required course for the management specialization.

This course examines management theory and practice through a framework involving strategic thinking and strategic planning. It covers a number of important management topics, including the context of strategy, leadership, managerial uses of structure and design, and performance. Case studies of managerial practice in the public and nonprofit sectors are used throughout the course.

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