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Dr. Angela C. Beard has been a nonprofit practitioner, board member and scholar for nearly 30 years. In 2011 she received her doctorate in public administration from the Robert F. Wagner School at New York University, specializing in nonprofit management, financial management, applied statistics and survey/sampling techniques. Her dissertation concerns the relationship between an organization’s leadership structure and its budgeting and financial performance in nonprofit performing arts organizations. Dr. Beard also holds master’s degrees in public administration and performing arts administration from New York University and a bachelor’s of science in psychology from the University of Washington. She has taught master’s level courses at New York University and for the past three years for the MFA program in Arts Leadership at Seattle University. Dr. Beard has authored or co-authored articles for the Journal of Nonprofit Management and Public Administration Review. She was the only U.S. student selected and funded to present at the international Association for Cultural Economics conference in Vienna, Austria. Her research interests include leadership, sustainability, philanthropy, and financial management in the nonprofit sector.
Before joining the MPNL faculty Dr. Beard was the Executive Director at Cancer Lifeline and responsible for directing all aspects of the organization’s programs and administration. She has held leadership positions in fund development at Pacific Northwest Ballet, ArtsFund, the Museum of History and Industry, the Seattle Repertory Theatre and Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras. Dr. Beard also has provided consulting services to numerous local and national organizations including a year-long project national research project studying fundraising practices in grassroots social justice organizations with the Research Center for Leadership in Action at New York University. Dr. Beard has also served on the boards of several nongovernmental organizations in both the arts and human service sectors.