Increasingly, the U.S. economy and the health of our global communities rely on a robust and highly-functioning nonprofit sector. The public sector, the private sector, and the nonprofit sector all recognize the growing need to collaborate in order to tackle this challenging work. At the Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership, we see our role as preparing leaders who can work for the public good across all sectors.

Through a focus on experiential learning, we provide opportunities for Georgetown graduate students to engage in rigorous study, undertake challenging research, and practice the skills that are required of cross-sector leaders. The Center offers leadership development and executive education programs, including our signature Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate, for individuals working in or with nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. Finally, the Center focuses attention on education and research at the intersection of philanthropy and public policy—through its endowed Waldemar A. Nielsen Chair in Philanthropy—strengthening the efforts of using philanthropy to address intractable social problems.

2021 Center Highlights

Check out our 2021 events, reports and articles.


Learn about Maria’s grantmaking at the German Marshall Fund.

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Learn how the Certificate Program adapted to ensure increases in diversity are intentional and sustainable.


View event video and ready our new paper on philanthropy reform.

Brian Alvarado, Alumni Spotlight

Learn about Brian’s work to find employment opportunities for military spouses.

Ikimi Dubose, Alumni Spotlight

Learn about Ikimi’s passion for involving communities of color in the wine industry.

Isabel Argoti, NPMCert Alumni Spotlight

Learn about Isabel’s work with first-generation college students

Celebrating Our 25th

We invite you to participate in series of conversations throughout the year on Democracy at Risk.

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View event video on voting rights, redistricting and power building.

ISPU 2020 Case Study

Explore the real vulnerabilities, challenges and lessons learned by ISPU’s board.


Read about the actions taken by the Howard County Public School System.

Lori Pitts, NPMCert Alumni Spotlight

Learn how Lori works with incarcerated individuals to take control of their own narrative

Marisa Stubbs NPMCert Alumni Spotlight

Learn about Marisa’s work at Critical Exposure.

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Philanthropy Class grants $30,000 to DC Nonprofits

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View the video and resources from the event.

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Learn about different approaches to systems change from the practitioner’s perspective.