NACC Member Institution Profile
Portland State University - Institute for Nonprofit Management
Address: 506 SW Mill St, Suite 650, Portland, OR 97201
Description: Over the past 26 years, the Institute for Nonprofit Management (INPM) at Portland State has had a primary goal to develop a stronger, more robust civil society by enhancing the leadership and management of nonprofit and voluntary organizations. We accomplish this goal by (1) Providing high quality education, training, and other opportunities for professional development; (2) Conducting and sharing research that actively draws from both relevant scholarship and practical experience; and, (3) Serving as a forum for the exchange of ideas about vital issues affecting the nonprofit and voluntary sector.
Research Specialty: Governance, Leadership, Capacity Building, Network Development
Subject Terms: Governance, Leadership, Capacity Building, Network development, Advocacy Support
NACC Representative: Billie Sandberg, Ph.D.
Representative Bio: Billie Sandberg is an assistant professor of Public Administration and the Director of the Institute for Nonprofit Management at Portland State University. She has a B.A. in History from Ripon College, and received both her MPA and PhD in Public Administration from Arizona State University. She teaches graduate courses in nonprofit management, leadership development, marketing, social entrepreneurship, ethics, organizational behavior, program evaluation, and mix methods research strategies. She also oversees the capstone course for students in the Master in Public Administration degree program. Her current research focuses on the application of critical social theory to issues of public governance, with a particular focus on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Her most recent work has been published in the peer-reviewed journals Administrative Theory & Praxis, Administration & Society, Voluntas, and the Journal of Public Affairs Education. In addition, she has presented papers at annual meetings of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), the Western Political Science Association (WPSA), and the Public Administration Theory Network (PAT-Net). She is also an active program evaluator in the field, working recently with the Oregon Health Authority to help evaluate aspects of the implementation of Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) and the Patient-Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH) program as a part of larger efforts to understand the impact of health reform in Oregon. Prior to her current position at PSU, Dr. Sandberg taught at the University of Colorado, Denver, and spent more than a dozen years working for a number of nonprofit organizations, including most prominently St. Mary's Food Bank, the world's first food bank. Dr. Sandberg has served on a number of boards and executive committees, including locally the Program Advisory Board of the Willamette Valley Development Officers Association (WVDO) and the Advisory Board of the Portland chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN). Nationally, she is a founder of and serves on the Executive Committee of the Nonprofit Practice, Policy, and Partnerships section of ASPA, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Theories, Issues, and Boundaries section of ARNOVA.