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Duke University,  Ph.D. – Public Policy, 2017
         M.A. – Economics, 2014
         Certificate in College Teaching, 2017

Indiana University Purdue University – Indianapolis, M.P.A. – Nonprofit Management, December 2010
         M.A. – Philanthropic Studies, 2010
         Social Entrepreneurship Certificate

Iowa State University, B.S. – Marketing, 2005


Faculty Research Grant, University of Memphis, 2018
Horowitz Foundation Award, Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, 2016
Dissertation Support Fellowship, Center for the Study of Philanthropy and Voluntarism at Duke University, 2014-15 and 2016-17
Kenan Institute for Ethics Graduate Fellowship, Duke University, 2015-16
Aleane Webb Dissertation Research Award, Duke University, 2015-16
Graduate School Summer Research Fellowship, Duke University, 2014 and 2015
Annual Conference Doctoral Fellowship Award, Association of Researchers on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Associations, 2014
Summer School on Socioeconomic Inequality 2013, Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group, The University of Chicago
James B. Duke Fellowship, Duke University, 2011 (4-year award)


Engaged Scholarship Faculty Committee, 2018-present
School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy (SUAPP) Student Award Faculty Committee, 2018-present
Assoc. of Fundraising Professionals Student Chapter Exploratory Group, 2018-present
Pi Alpha Alpha Faculty Advisor, 2017-present
MPA Student Association Faculty Advisor, 2017-present
Nonprofit Panel Dataset Methodology Working Group, 2015-2016
Ph.D. Student Representative, Sanford School of Public Policy, 2013-2015
Reviewer for Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, and PLOS One


The Alford Group, Chicago, Illinois
Senior Client Service Associate, April 2010-August 2011
Client Service Associate, September 2007-April 2010

  • Provided strategic counsel to nonprofit clients’ staff and leadership volunteers
  • Managed, summarized, and analyzed interview findings, survey results, and information provided by nonprofit partners, to generate findings and recommendations for final reports
  • Coordinated staff at all levels to manage project timelines and deadlines, establishing priorities and managing up to 12 projects simultaneously
  • Prepared written reports and presentations, including strategic plans, development audits, campaign plans, benchmarking reports, and feasibility studies for over two dozen nonprofits
  • Received 2009 Value Award for Creativity and 2011 Value Award for Excellence