David Renz, Ph.D., Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership
Dr. Judy Freiwirth, Nonprofit Solutions Associates
This signature Alliance program links the most current and relevant research on nonprofit leadership to the practice of capacity building. The sessions are intensive, with presentation of research by leading researchers and pracademics followed by highly interactive, "deep dive" discussion among participants about the implications for improved capacity building support to nonprofit leaders, organizations, and movements. The three, integrated, 90-minute sessions are designed to build upon each other and we encourage participants to attend all three sessions. This year we have expanded the research to practice offerings to five topic areas! We also have a new feature this year-the third session will not only address how we can change our own practices but also how to best influence the capacity-building sector!
Dr. Judy Freiwirth is an organization development consultant, trainer, and national speaker with Nonprofit Solutions Associates. For over thirty years she has been consulting to and training for over 200 national, regional, and community-based nonprofit and public organizations, primarily with social change organizations. Her practice includes all major areas of organization development, including governance and board development, cultural competency capacity building, constituent leadership development, and executive transition work. Nationally-known, she is considered one of the leading trainers and consultants in the area of governance and board development and has been a keynote speaker and trainer at many national and regional conferences. She has been an active member of the Alliance for many years and is the Founder and Chair of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management’s Governance Affinity Group, focused on developing new models of governance and forwarding the field. She has also been active with the Alliance’s Program Committee and Governance Task Force. She has published numerous articles and publications on governance including The Nonprofit Quarterly and Nonprofit Boards and Governance Review. Her latest articles on alternative governance models, entitled, “Engagement Governance for System-Wide Decision Making” and “System-Wide Governance for Community Empowerment” were recently published in The Nonprofit Quarterly. She holds a doctorate in psychology, specializing in organization development.
David O. Renz is a professor of public policy and the director of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). He was the former Executive Director of the Metropolitan Council and the Assistant commissioner of Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.
David holds a B.S. in Organizational Communications, M.A. in Industrial Relations, and a Ph.D. degree with a concentration in Organization Theory and Administration, both from the University of Minnesota and taught at the Hamline University, University of St. Thomas and the University of Missouri. He has published in various journals including Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly and the The American Review of Public Administration and is the editor of The Jossey-Bass Handbook Of Nonprofit Leadership And Management.