Maureen Emerson Feit, PhD

PhD, Cultural Anthropology

Director, Nonprofit Leadership

Phone: 206.296.5457

Building/Room: JEFF 401V



Maureen Emerson Feit, PhD, is the Director of the Nonprofit Leadership Program at Seattle University. She teaches courses on the foundations of the sector, social justice, program design & evaluation, and the capstone. She serves on the Board of Directors as the Vice-President of Membership for the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council. Maureen received her PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan and her BA in Cultural Anthropology from University of Virginia.

Maureen's research interests focus on diversity, equity and inclusion in the nonprofit sector, nonprofit education, and centering the teaching about race and racism in the nonprofit curriculum. Her dissertation focused on the politics of immigration between Vietnam and the United States, including the role nonprofits play in citizenship education. She has a forthcoming article in the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership entitled "Making Diversity Matter in a Nonprofit Accreditation Process: Critical Race Theory as a Lens on the Present and Future of Nonprofit Education" co-authored with Emiko Blalock and Khanh Nguyen, both alumni of the MNPL program. She also conducted the research for the Philanthropy NW study "Vision and Voice: The Role of Leadership and Dialogue in Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion," and she serves on the curriculum committee for the Rainier Valley Corps.

Maureen has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector, with specific experience in planning, fundraising and communications. She served as Vice President for the Board of Directors of Powerful Voices, Associate Director at Community Schools Collaboration, and Development Director at Casa Latina, OneAmerica, and Powerful Voices. While at Seattle University, she has facilitated student-led research with a wide range of organizations including Centerstone, AFP Advancement Northwest, The Service Board, Building Changes, Global Visionaries, and Treehouse. She speaks widely on nonprofit sustainability and leadership, most recently presenting to the U.S. Embassy and Latvian Community Initiatives Foundation in Riga on the realities and possibilities for nonprofit education in the U.S. and internationally.